Presidential War Power:

ISBN-10: 0700619313

ISBN-13: 9780700619313

Edition: 2013

Authors: Louis Fisher

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A classic and bestselling work by one of America's top Constitutional scholars, Presidential War Power garnered the lead review in the New York Times Book Review and raised essential issues that have only become more timely, relevant, and controversial in our post-9/11 era.In this third edition, Louis Fisher updates his arguments throughout, critiques the presidential actions of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and challenges what he views as their dangerous expansion of executive power. Spanning the life of the Republic from the Revolutionary Era to the War on Terror, the new edition covers for the first time:Indefinite detention of civilians and non-civilians without trialPresident Obama's failed effort to close GuantánamoNSA wiretapping and Fourth Amendment violationsPresidential decision-making relating to the wind-down of the wars in Iraq and AfghanistanU.S. military operations against Libya in 2011Continued abuse of the state secrets privilege in national security court casesSecret legal memos justifying the use of UAVs or drones for targeted killings overseasExtended comparison of the expansion of executive power under George W. Bush and Barack Obama
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Note on Citations
The Constitutional Framework
The British Models
Opposing Monarchical Powers
Associated War Powers
Repelling Sudden Attacks
Separating Purse and Sword
Commander in Chief
Scholarly Analysis
Precedents from 1789 to 1900
Indian Wars
President as
The Whiskey Rebellion
Quasi-War with France
Neutrality Act Prosecutions
Barbary Wars
The War of 1812
The Mexican War
Bombarding Greytown
The Civil War
Spanish-American War
America Steps Out 1900-1945
Protecting Life and Property
President Wilson's Forays
Intervention in Nicaragua
World War I
The Curtiss-Wright Case
Legislative Constraints in the 1930s
World War II
The UN Charter and Korea
The League of Nations
Creating the UN Charter
The UN Participation Act
Vandenberg Resolution
The Korean War
Political Repercussions
Taking Stock: 1951-1964
Mutual Security Treaties
NATO's Legislative History
The Steel Seizure Case
Eisenhower's Philosophy
Area Resolutions
Kennedy Reasserts Executive Power
Vietnam and the War Powers Resolution
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
Was There a Second Attack?
Escalation of the War
Free World Forces
National Commitments Resolution of 1969
Disputes in the Courts
The War Powers Resolution
Analyzing the WPR
Efforts to Amend the WPR
Military Initiatives from Ford to Bush I
Evacuations from Southeast Asia
The Mayaguez Capture
Desert One Rescue Effort
Invasion of Grenada
Air Strikes against Libya
Escort Operations in the Persian Gulf
The Gulf War
Military Actions by Clinton
Launching Missiles against Baghdad
Combat Operations in Somalia
Troops to Haiti
Air Strikes in Bosnia
Ground Troops to Bosnia
Continued Strikes against Iraq
Afghanistan and Sudan
War against Yugoslavia
George W. Bush
The Preemption Doctrine
Military Tribunals
Military Action in Afghanistan
War against Iraq
Making the Case for War
Enlisting Legislative Support
Unsubstantiated Executive Claims
Voting on the Iraq Resolution
Military Operations in Iraq
Doctoring Intelligence Reports
Barack Obama
Closing Guantanamo
Withdrawing U.S. Troops from Iraq
Options in Afghanistan
Military Intervention in Libya
Invoking the State Secrets Privilege
Electronic Surveillance
Military Detention without Trial
Targeted Killings
Covert Operations
Seeds of Secrecy
Early Departures from Openness
The Intelligence Community
Statutory Controls on the CIA
Covert Action in the Open
The Iran-Contra Affair
Congressional Reforms
Actions against Terrorism
Restoring Checks and Balances
Contemporary Justifications
Jackson's Zone of Twilight
Revisiting War Powers
A Forbidden Legislative Veto?
Compelling Court Action
Statutory Restrictions
Thinking National Interest
Framers' Debate on the War Power
Constitutional Allocation of Foreign Affairs and the War Power
UN Participation Act of 1945
1949 Amendments to UN Participation Act
War Powers Resolution of 1973
Suggested Readings
Index of Cases
Subject Index
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