Whoever becomes the next president of the United States this will be the most powerful person in the world. Under the US law, the President has the right to take unilateral decisions on starting a large scale war or conducting local military operations.
“The President in every possible instance shall consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities” – that is an extract from the War powers resolution passed on November 7, 1973.
Since 1974, the have been more than 50 cases when US Presidents asked for the Congress’ sanction for conducting military operations. The geography of these military operations included the former Yugoslavia, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and other countries.
However the President does not disturb the Congress on such “nothings” as for example a clutter of mujahedeens somewhere in Pakistan. Without any sanction President orders the army to kill them by means of unmanned flying vehicles or drones. The drones are multi purpose vehicles, Bruce Fein, the former juridical advisor of Reagan’s administration said in an interview with the “Voice of Russia”. Continue reading