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Imperial from the BeginningThe Constitution of the Original Executive$
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Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300194562

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300194562.001.0001

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“First General and Admiral of the Confederacy”

“First General and Admiral of the Confederacy”

(p.142) Chapter Seven “First General and Admiral of the Confederacy”
Imperial from the Beginning

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the president's power as commander in chief. The president may command the military as commander in chief. However, he has no constitutionally protected sphere of autonomy; rather, the Congress has almost complete authority over war and military matters. Only the Congress has the power to decide whether the nation will declare war. It also has control over the regulation of the armed forces and the system of military discipline. But even if the Congress tries to micromanage the military, the president has many ways to restrain its meddling. The chief executive may supersede whatever military discretion that the Congress chooses not to exercise. He may also delay or veto bills that regulate the military, nominate his military subordinates, and dismiss them at will.

Keywords:   U.S. president, commander in chief, Congress, military, war

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