Now I understand that it can't work that way now, we really do need a standing army and I'm ok with the President being in charge of it. But he can not have a free hand, formal declaration of war needs to be required before he can use the military. The Iraq war shows just why. There has to be checks on power, there has to be red tape. Rightful war comes with a DoW; rightful war is not occupational. We weren't meant to be an empire, we weren't meant to be ruled by a king. We have to have checks and balances, the government must be kept under thumb.