march 11 - March 11 Government During a war. the...

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March 11 Government During a war. .. the President's power expands unpredictably. Iran-Contra Affair . American hostages were being held by pro-Iranian militias in Lebanon. Iran and Iraq are at war. There has been a Communist revolution in Nicaragua, and the Reagan administration is financing anti-Communist guerrillas attacking. .. Democratic Congress has voted to cut off funding for the guerrillas. Reagan essentially says to his national security people: solve these foreign policy problems, but don't tell me how you do it. Marine Colonel Oliver North. .. sells a bunch of missiles to Iran, for the Iranians to shoot at the Iraqis. First: he hopes to make “friends” (establish a good relationship) with the Iranians, in order to make them obligated to the U.S. .. so he can ask them to use their influence with the Islamic guerrillas in Lebanon to release our hostages. He sells these missiles for a profit (big markup) Takes the money the missiles cost and puts it back into the U.S. Treasury (so it doesn't cost the U.S. anything; goes unseen) Gives the profits to the contras landing troops The Constitution says very clearly in Article 1 that only Congress can declare war. But it also says very clearly in Article 2. .. that the President is Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces. since WWII, what the commander-in-chief clause means.
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2009 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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