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How Congress Ends Wars

By March 6, 2007

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My colleague Robert Longley, the About Guide to U.S. Government Information, analyzed how Congress maneuvered to change U.S. policy regarding Vietnam and Somalia.

"There seem to be three common threads to wars that are eventually ended by the U.S. Congress. First, a majority of the public wants the war ended. Second, the President of the United States believes the war can ultimately be won. And third, Congress ends up having to cut off further funding for the war to end it," he writes.

See also: The Role of Congress in U.S. Foreign Policy


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