No, you need the Congress because the Constitution grants the power to declare war and to raise an army.Thus, in order to go to war you required the Congress because they called up the troops.
Not a natural anything. The Framers were intent on denying the Executive to ability to declare a state of war and granted that power to the Congress. It's a deliberate constitutional check on executive authority.There was a natural check and balance, and a huge on at that, when it came to our military.
What "rhetoric" are you talking about?The President was CinC when the Congress called up the military since there was no standing army at the time, the rhetoric agrees well with that of a non-standing army.
In fact, nothing about that statement makes any sense at all.
There was "more of a check?" How so?I don't argue against a standing army nor do I argue that the President isn't CinC of that standing army. It was just that initially there was more of a check and we need to follow the Constitution now to enforce this check. Congress isn't given the power to "authorize military force", it has the power to declare war.
There is no difference in process or form between a congressional declaration of war and a congressional authorization to use military force to make war. In other words, as such, both work to announce the intent to initiate hostilities and to commence war wherein the President, as CiC will wage war. The check still exists.
"Call up?" "A lot of bureaucracy?"Declarations of war call up a lot of bureaucracy and treaty and foreign relations.
I already asked you what this meant and you didn't respond. So I am asking you, again. What bureaucracy are you talking about?
The affect on treaties and other foreign relations is something totally different from a check on Executive power which has been what you've been discussing. You're harping on this despite it's irrelevance to the discussion about checks and balances because Al Gonzales said something about it. That you continue citing reveals your deep misunderstanding and general ignorance about the concept of checks and balances and the Framer's intent in granting Congress the power to declare war.