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In the history of the United States the country has only officially declared war five times War of 1812 Mexican-American War Spanish-American War World War I and World War II Yet its record shows that it had been involved in countless hostilities abroad Many had been sanctioned by congress while others have not nevertheless the President has led the country through these conflicts even when the popular thought has turned against it for instance the Korean War Vietnam War or more recently the conflict in the Afghanistan and Iraq Though Congress is a member of the decision during times of war and national crisis the executive office tends to expand it power and allowing the President to utilize powers not specifically granted to him in the constitution citing the commander in chief clause and the investment in protecting the nation Forty three individuals not including Garfields nonconsecutive term have taken the presidential oath of office to preserve protest and defend the Constitution of the United States Some of these individuals have been put to the test of preserving the safety of the Union Many have withstood the test of time and come out victorious These wartime presidents have used different means to maintain the national security during times of external and even internal turmoil There have been some discussions on the controversial policies enacted by these administrations in order to maintain national security Though the actions of the wartime presidents have been questioned and even condemned most of the presidents saw few choices on how to maintain the national security of the country Although some of them have violated the Constitution to help maintain the integrity of the state Abraham Lincoln famously said Are all the laws but one to go unexecuted and the government itself go to pieces lest that one be violatedin such a case would not the official oath be violated if the government should be overthrown Under
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