Since 9/11, one of the most dominant issues in American politics has been: what exactly is a war on terror and who is in charge of it? Previous books on this topic have fallen off the horse on either side: on the right, making military actions under the Bush administration equal to previous declared wars and ceding too much war-making power to the presidency or on the left, requiring congressional approval for any national security steps at all, contradicting much of American historical precedent. Weinberger presents a vel understanding of the Declare War clause of the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8), filtering it through the AUMFs passed by Congress since 9/11 and concluding that the Presidency has wide latitude and automy in the overseas theaters, but t on the domestic front.
Seth Weinberger is Assistant Professor at the University of Puget Sound. He teaches courses on international relations, U.S. foreign policy, international security, terrorism, constitutional law, and political philosophy. He has also spent several weeks in Israel and the Palestinian Territories in 2007 as a fellow with the Defense of Democracies, studying how Israel deals with similar issues.