There’s a Constitutional Crisis in America’s Security Policy. Can It Be Fixed?

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. advisers and Afghan trainees takes off at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 19, 2018 (AP photo by Rahmat Gul).
A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying U.S. advisers and Afghan trainees takes off at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, March 19, 2018 (AP photo by Rahmat Gul).
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When America’s founding fathers gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to design a political system for their young nation, national security was not a high priority. Other than Britain, there were no major enemies nearby, and the founders undoubtedly thought—incorrectly as it turned out—that the British had learned that fighting the feisty Americans was more trouble than it was worth. What did concern the framers of the Constitution was protecting the liberty of American citizens. To do that, and to avoid a potentially dangerous concentration of power in one branch of government, they created a system of checks and balances with […]

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