How Presidents Make The Case For War

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President Barack Obama gestures during his joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at the Rosenbad Building in Stockholm, Sweden. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
President Barack Obama is pictured Sept. 4, 2013. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama isn't asking Congress to declare war against Syria but he is asking Congress to approve a military action against that country's president over his alleged use of chemical weapons against his own people.

President Obama took his case to several TV networks yesterday and tonight he will speak directly to the American people as other presidents have when it comes to military action.

There were declarations of war for World War I and World War II. There was not a declaration of war for Vietnam. Congress authorized military action against Iraq, but there was no formal declaration of war for that conflict.


This segment aired on September 10, 2013.


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