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Them’s Fighting Words: 70 Years of Presidents Making the Case for War

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declares war on Japan, 1941. (AP photo)

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declares war on Japan, 1941. (AP photo)

When President Obama recently made his case for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, it was a sober reminder of the Commander-in-chief’s authority to send America’s armed forces into battle.

While it’s still unclear whether the United States will bomb Syria, Obama’s speech was the latest in a long history of solemn national presidential declarations of war, or authorizations of similar military action. Since World War II, America’s increasingly powerful military has had a consistent involvement in conflicts around the world. In little over half-a-century, we’ve fought five all-out wars (Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq part 2) and been involved in many more smaller military invasions. Continue reading

9/11 Turns Eleven: Three Major Lasting Impacts

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Eleven years ago today, America wasn’t engaged in any foreign wars. We deported half as many immigrants as we do today. And getting through airport security was a total breeze.

A lot can change in a just over a decade. America’s involvement in the War on Terror – in reaction to  9/11 – resulted in new attitudes and concerns about defense and vigilance. The change ushered in a series of government policies like the USA Patriot Act that prioritized national security, often at the expense of civil liberties.

Here are three of the many dramatic transformations brought on by the events of 9/11: Continue reading