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War or even the threat of it has always seemed to give the president more power Intimes of war Americans often readily give more power to the president but once thecrisis is over the public then becomes concerned with whether they have created an officethat has become imperial The office of the president has become increasingly morepowerful over the last 50-60 years Even though the power to declare war and send UStroops into war belonged to Congress there have many presidents who have chosen todisregard that point and enter our country into war Recent history has shown that therehave been several occasions when the president has taken upon himself to deploy troopsor 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 theIn 1950 President Harry Truman dispatched troops to South Korea after it hadbeen 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 hardstance on Communism entered a war he never really supported in the first place Inrecently released secretly recorded tapes Johnson dicussing Viet Nam is heard telling hisnational security adviser McGeorge Bundy It looks to me like were getting intoanother Korea I dont see what we can ever hope to get out of there with once werecommittedI dont think its worth fighting for and I dont think we can get out and itsjust 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 VietNam War by withholding information form Congress American ships had reported apossible attack by the North Vietnamese That report turned out to be in error a fact that President Johnson knew about but withheld from Congress for three days in order topersuade them to
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