Blog of the Department of History, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Monday, November 7, 2011
The History Workshop presents...Professor Brien Hallet, November 18th
Shattering the Constitution: The Rule of Law and the Power to Declare War
Brien Hallett, Associate Professor, Matsunaga Institute for Peace
Friday November 18; 2:30-4:00pm History Department Library 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall A201
As America's recent involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan Dictator Muammar Gaddafi illustrates once again, the Congress is incapable of discharging its clear constitutional duty "to declare war."Why is this?Was Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. correct when he attributed this congressional failure to the rise of an Imperial Presidency?Or, might the history of executive-legislative relations tell a different story?