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Old 05-16-2013, 06:38 PM   #441
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Originally Posted by DenverBrit View Post
That's your assertion, or required by US law?

The law is that the President as C-in-C is the one who makes the call to send in the troops....he doesn't have to, but the Pentagon can't do **** without his approval.

I have found nothing to indicate that the POTUS has to approve sending assistance under those circumstances, or that he denied aid directly or otherwise.

You're right, he doesn't have to do anything if he chooses not to...evidently he chose not to. If the Pentagon denied aid, it was because that's what they were ordered to do by the C-in-C

If it is 'law,' or he did deny aid, please link it.

The major military power of the president is the power to act as commander in chief of the nation's armed forces. This power is almost without limit. The president always has the final authority over and responsibility for any and all military matters. But the Constitution does not assign all and absolute war powers to the president. Military power in the United States is held by both the president and Congress, with the president in the dominant position. Also, the president may use the armed forces to keep the domestic peace.

The 1973 War Powers Resolution followed a period of growing congressional concern over the presidential use of military force. Among other things, the legislation, which withstood a veto by President Nixon, required that a president terminate combat in a foreign territory within sixty to ninety days unless there was congressional authorization to continue. It also sought to provide presidents with the leeway to respond to attacks or other emergencies. The measure was intended to provide more coordination between the executive and legislative branches on the use of force.
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