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War or even the threat of it has always seemed to give the president more power In times of war Americans often readily give more power to the president but once the crisis is over the public then becomes concerned with whether they have created an office that has become imperial The office of the president has become increasingly more powerful over the last 50-60 years Even though the power to declare war and send US troops into war belonged to Congress there have many presidents who have chosen to disregard that point and enter our country into war Recent history has shown that there have been several occasions when the president has taken upon himself to deploy troops or order attacks without even as much as consulting Congress One president was able to trick the Congress into entering into war and still others have informed Congress after the fact In 1950 President Harry Truman dispatched troops to South Korea after it had been invaded by Communist North Korea without a declaration of war from Congress Facing re-election in 1964 President Lyndon Johnson wanting to be seen as taking a hard stance on Communism entered a war he never really supported in the first place In recently released secretly recorded tapes Johnson dicussing Viet Nam is heard telling his national security adviser McGeorge Bundy It looks to me like were getting into another Korea I dont see what we can ever hope to get out of there with once were committedI dont think its worth fighting for and I dont think we can get out and its just the biggest damn mess Scheer But within three months of his statement Johnson entered the US into the Viet Nam War Johnson was able to enter the US into the Viet Nam War by withholding information form Congress American ships had reported a possible attack by the North Vietnamese That report turned out
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