Obama at War
Congress and the Imperial Presidency
In this revealing book, Ryan C. Hendrickson examines President Obama's use of force in his first term with four major case studies. He demonstrates that, much like his predecessors, Obama has protected the executive branch's right not only to command, but also to determine when and where American forces are deployed. He also considers the voting records of Democrat John Kerry and Republican John McCain in the Senate, detailing how both men have played leading roles in empowering the commander-in-chief while limiting Congress's influence on military decision-making.
Obama at War establishes that the imperial presidency poses significant foreign policy risks, and concludes with possible solutions to restore a more meaningful balance of power. The first book on the constitutional and political relationship between President Obama and the U.S. Congress and the use of military force, this timely reassessment of war powers provides a lucid examination of executive privilege and legislative deference in the modern American republic.
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"Ryan Hendrickson has once again written a perceptive analysis of the war power, explaining how this basic constitutional authority has shifted from Congress to the President and undermined the basic principle of republican government, leading to costly, ill-considered military initiatives. A significant and effective contribution to our understanding, blessed with clear and direct writing."—Louis Fisher, author of Presidential War Power
"[T]his book is a good overview of the constitutional arguments made by the current presidential administration about its actions in the name of national security."—Choice
"Hendrickson's [. . .] volume is not solely for history buffs and political junkies;
anyone who watches CSPAN or follows foreign policy will find it easy to read,
informative, and well documented."—Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs
"A text that is [. . .] well-written, richly documented, and extremely readable, which in itself is a testament to Professor Hendrickson's ability to produce a piece of academic literature that is both instructive and enjoyable to read."—Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
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