Electoral College – Coursework Example
Electoral College Electoral College The welfare of the people that will directly face the wrath of deploying American military troops to conflict prone areas should be given the greatest priority before such an action is taken. This should not simply be the president’s call because the president alone may not be able to wisely judge whether the benefits of deploying the military in foreign conflict outweigh the shortcomings. As much the president is authorized by law to give orders on when to deploy the military to conflict abroad, this should be done after thorough and extensive analysis and consultation with the US Security Council (Handelman, 2011).
According to the American constitution, the president of the United States, who is the commander in chief of the military, is empowered to deploy the military to conflict abroad. The constitution empowers the Congress to declare wars, as well as declare any hostilities and authorize their funding. For this reason, it is not entirely the president’s call in calling for military action in foreign conflict because this has to be done in consultation with the Security Council and the federal government. This was not the case before the Second World War, but, currently, the president has to consult and involve the congress in making decisions on whether to deploy the military to conflict abroad (Laschever & Stoebuck, 2007).
The restrictions in the war powers resolution of 1973 are a good idea but not realistic. Making a timely and well informed decision can take a very long time since the members of the congress have to sit, debate, analyze, consult, and finally decide on whether military forces should be deployed or not. However, there are many instances where a president of the US made such decisions without involving the congress, a case in point being President Bill Clinton, when he authorized the Serbian air strike without involving the congress (Mason, 2010).
Handelman, H. (2011). The challenge of third world development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson/Prentice Hall
Laschever, E., & Stoebuck, W. B. (2007). Washington regulatory takings: The fallout since Kelo vs. New London. Eau Claire, WI: PESI, LLC.
Mason, R. C. (2010). Securing America’s borders the role of the military. Washington, D.C. Congressional Research Service: Prentice Hall.