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I recently read Drift by Rachel Maddow. It's an excellent history of militarism in the US, and shows how we got to the point where the Executive Branch has essentially usurped Congress' Constitutionally granted power to declare war. The fact that Congress no longer declares war is a major contributor to the problems being tracked in this group. There is no check on the power of the Executive Branch to send troops wherever it wants. 

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Actually, Truman never declared war on N. Korea. The U.S. entered the conflict technically as a sort of police force, though in reality it wasn't any different to being at war. Truman DID get Congressional support for the actions in Korea.


FDR and Excessive Executive Power

My understanding is that until FDR, the executive branch was relatively weak. The power lay more with the Senate and the Supreme Court.
After FDR and WW2 that changed dramatically to the point that books were coming out in the '50s talking about the imbalance in power between the executive branch and congress.
I'm a fan of FDR, but it seems that his influence in getting the New Deal through came with a price. We're paying that as we simultaneously benefit from what he created.


No wars

We haven't had any "official" wars since, what, Korea?

The Executive Branch also comes with quite a few unelected people making decisions.


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