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The President and National Security The Presidents role in National Security has been a topic of enduring debate in US politics from the Constitutional Convention to our present day situation in Kosovo Nearly every American President has had to struggle with this issue and deal with the Constitutions separation of power between Congress and the Executive The President and Congress share the war-making powers treaty-making and foreign policy powers and among many others the power to place desired officials into certain offices These powers though disliked by many are shared so as to protect the people of this nation with our grass roots system of checks and balances Most critics of shared powers focus on the areas of war-making and foreign policy This conflict can be traced all the way back to the struggle between Hamilton and Madison After what was said to be a series of failed Presidencies Johnson Nixon Ford and Carter one group of modern Hamiltonians wanted to increase the power of the President explicitly They hope to reach their goals legitimately through legislation and constitutional amendments Another group of Hamiltonians emerged informally after the Presidency of Ronald Reagan and the Irangate controversy Group members asserted that The President and the President alone should exercise exclusive authority in at least four vital areas the power to go to war the power to both initiate and carry out foreign policy the power to appoint officials to the highest posts in the country with only the pro forma advice and consent of the Senate 6 p57 They also wanted the Congress to only be able to make minor modifications to the Presidents domestic budget policy Other advocates of these positions are seeking a more unitary state similar to those of modern parliamentary democracies like Great Britain Many are envious of the British Prime Ministers ability to go to war without a declaration or a vote of Parliament I believe that
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