This edition: The Road To War: Presidential Commitments Honored
Original tape date: October 2, 2013.
First aired: November 18, 2013.
The last declaration of war authorized by Congress was our entry into World War II, yet the U.S. has been entangled in many wars since. Why have presidents been allowed to sidestep Congress for the last 70 years? "The United States of America ought to have an agreed-upon, understood set of guidelines for going to war. It should not be a capricious operation. It should not be something left in the hands of a president to figure out more or less what he wants, with or without congressional approval," says legendary journalist Marvin Kalb. Taped October 2, 2013