Although Soldiers in a professional army are 'pledged' to be non politital, this is not practicable.
Further, my notion was that the executive branch was limited to utilizing the professional troops on hand, and that if more were needed, it would require conscription and popular/congressional support.
If, on the other hand, Congressional support was availaible for something on the order of a declaration of war, better get a declaration as then opposition to the war would be very difficult legally.
My though being simple: If the threat is great, and the support sufficient, then anti war movements should be illegal, a declaration mirrors this support and, in a way, 'forces' the country through the low spots.
Conversely, if the support to get a declaration is lacking, or the judgement to obtain one not made when it could have been obtained, then you must play with the deck stacked against the conflict.
So I am with Mike in this respect.
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on Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:35 am, edited 2 times in total.
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