"Brad Ferguson" <***@frXOXed.net> wrote in message
> In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, J.D. Baldwin
> <***@example.com.invalid> wrote:
>> In the previous article, A <***@att.net> wrote:
>> > I assure you there has been *NO* (repeat, *NO) Declaration
>> > of War since Dec. 8, 1941.
>> > Don't believe me? Look it up!
>> Right as usual, Roy: the United States passed a "Declaration of War"
>> resolution against Rumania in summer of 1942.
You left out: Bulgaria and Hungary; besides Romania on June 5,
All right, so June 5, 1942 was the final time as far as the
Congress saying the U.S. is going to war legally.
Ever since World War 2 then, as a general date
> And, actually -- since I did look it up -- we didn't declare war on
> Germany and Italy until 11 December 1941, the same day Italy and then
> Germany declared war on us.
Yes, the Congress decided to do that on Dec. 11; 3 days after it did
it to Japan and then later in '42, to 3 smaller Eastern European countries.
"...Those who oppose requiring formal declarations of war argue that
AUMFs [Authorization of the use of Military Force] satisfy constitutional
requirements and have an established historical precedent (see Quasi-War).
Furthermore, some have argued that the constitutional powers of the
president as commander-in-chief invest him with broad powers specific to
"waging" and "commencing" war.
The February 6, 2006, testimony of Alberto Gonzales to the U.S. Senate
Judiciary Committee Hearing on Wartime Executive Power and the National
Security Agency's Surveillance Authority, however indicates otherwise:
GONZALES: There was not a war declaration, either in connection with Al
Qaida or in Iraq. It was an authorization to use military force. I only want
to clarify that, because there are implications. Obviously, when you talk
about a war declaration, you're possibly talking about affecting treaties,
diplomatic relations. And so there is a distinction in law and in practice.
And we're not talking about a war declaration. This is an authorization only
to use military force."