Always (I'll be surprised if anyone chooses this)
Only when moderately necessary.
Only when extremely necessary.
Never (Probably more people will choose this than the other extreme).
Declaration of war by the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The War Powers Resolution
In 1973, following the withdrawal of most American troops from the Vietnam War, a debate emerged about the extent of presidential power in deploying troops without a declaration of war. A compromise in the debate was reached with the War Powers Resolution. This act clearly defined how many soldiers could be deployed by the President of the United States and for how long. It also required formal reports by the President to Congress regarding the status of such deployments, and limited the total amount of time that American forces could be employed without a formal declaration of war.
Although the constitutionality of the act has never been tested, it is usually followed, most notably during the Grenada Conflict, the Panamanian Conflict, the Somalia Conflict, the Gulf War, and the Iraq War. The only exception was President Clinton's use of U.S. troops in the 78-day NATO air campaign against Serbia during the Kosovo War. In all other cases, the President asserted the constitutional authority to commit troops without the necessity of Congressional approval, but in each case the President received Congressional authorization that satisfied the provisions of the War Powers Act.
The posts above answered quite accurately.
We can also look to the founders for guidance.
Thomas Jefferson said "Commerce with all nations, alliances with none."
The notion that we can spread democracy through the barrel of a gun is asinine. It's our global occupation, placing of sanctions and embargos and overdoing our military aggressiveness that makes us more isolated and hated around the world. It weakens our defense.
Explicitly* not implicitly xD
When I said authoritative source, I was referring to some official document, court decision, or law that defined Declaration of War. If there is none, how can you claim the USA Congress has to explicitly use the phrase in a resolution?
Next up, I never claimed the US has to use that phrase in a resolution.
The foregoing reference to the War Powers Act that you so brilliantly discarded defines how an authorization to use force meets the requirements of the Constitution (hint: look at article 1 section 8).
You want an authoritative source? Go find it your ****ing self. I'm not doing research for you.
Oh my, Sweetie, you don't need to get all nasty....
You want an authoritative source? Go find it your ****ing self. ....
From previous post:
So you don't really have a valid source. It is just what you want to believe... Gotcha.Originally Posted by reefedjib
I asked a simple question and you made a definitive statement that didn't address the question and, turns out, for which you don't have a valid source. Why didn't you just say you don't really know what the hell you are talking about.