Originally Posted by Bonnie
Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution grants Congress, not the President, the power to declare war, but Article 2, Section 2 gives the President power as Commander in Chief over our armed forces.
Ahhh...the good old "Queens Perogative"
In England the Speaker of The House of Commons acts as The Queen. You see in olden days, the Queen would sit in the Houses and Chair the debates...Now the Speaker does that. However, The Prime Minister may act in War without the consent of the Queen, Speaker, or Parliament...using something called "The Queens Perogative" its the only time the Prime Minister can act As the Queen, by litterally, over-rulling EVERYONE.
Not even Tony Blair did that...With Iraq, whilst he did not seek permission from the Queen, He DID take it to the House of Commons, and the House of Commons voted.
NO prime minister that I have ever heard of, has used The Queens Perogative...Its the ultimate mark of the dictator.
I am not suprised your country has an exception clause also...even if it merely shifts the President from an office where he can not authorise action, to an office where he can, as the same person, and keep his position in both.
But we all know he shouldnt act without Congress.