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Acts of War & Questionable Authority

The question surrounding U.S. Military Action (in the Middle-East particularly) is one of legitimate authority. Whether under domestic or international law the issue may not be so much a question of authority, but more so one of convenient silence.

Historically a Declaration of War (DOW) under International Law has been the recognized right of a sovereign nation. The U.S.’s last DOW occurred in the 1940’s while Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), since the late 1950’s, have become the accepted replacement for DOW.

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