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The Constitution, the CINC and Going to War

An intriguing column addresses the original intent of requiring a Congressional Declaration of War, but it does not address what really is the central question: the definition of “war.”

Is “war” simply “combat” which is how it currently seems to be defined? That begs the question: why different words?

Or is “war” the use of all national measures to defeat a strategic opponent, as was the last declared war, WW2, and “combat” simply the insertion of troops with no broader goal than the tactical defeat of a battlefield opponent?

Today it would seem necessary to stop conflating “war” and “combat,” […]

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