The Debate in the U.S. Senate About the War in South Vietnam and Cambodia: Chronicling the Struggle for Power Between the Congress and the Presidency

The Debate in the U.S. Senate About the War in South Vietnam and Cambodia: Chronicling the Struggle for Power Between the Congress and the Presidency

By: Russ Witcher (author)Hardback

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This book examines how the war in South Vietnam was reflective of a larger battle within the United States between the executive and the legislative branches of government over war-making powers. The war in South Vietnam was reflective of a larger battle within the United States between the executive and the legislative branches of government. Congress believed it had been denied its war-making powers by presidential fiat and obfuscation in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. By the time of the Nixon administration, Congress was beginning to assert its war powers. With a solid Democratic majority in Congress and even many Republicans opposed to Nixon's military actions in South Vietnam and Cambodia, the president was tempting Congress to assert its power at his own expense. This is exactly what happened with Watergate. As a result of the disclosure of this scandal, the presidency was seriously weakened to such an extent that Congress was able to pass a War Powers Resolution over the president's veto, giving it expanded jurisdiction in matters of war and peace.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773449619
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 120
  • ID: 9780773449619
  • ISBN10: 0773449612

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