The War Powers Resolution of 1973

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Government, international relations, war powers, politics, foreign affairs, Vietnam War


International and Area Studies | International Relations | Political History | Political Science | United States History


In April of 1970, United States armed forces crossed the boundary between South Vietnam and Cambodia with the intent to engage units of the Viet Cong based in Cambodia. President Nixon's defense of the military action was based upon his power as the Commander in Chief and Chief Executive to take unilateral action to defend the security of the United States armed forces stationed in South Vietnam. The increasing condemnation of the United States involvement in the Indochina war and the President's action in Cambodia provided the impetus for congressional action to curb the presidential war-making powers.

The purpose of this paper is to examine the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution of 1973.

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