So now America waits and the world waits, as the Bush administration moves perhaps inexorably toward war with Iraq. Yet the executive branch is not solely responsible for American foreign policy. The Constitution confers on Congress the power to declare war, and charges the Senate, by virtue of the advice-and-consent clause of Article II, Section 2, with special responsibilities on matters of foreign policy. Members of Congress have a...
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John Callahan is Odell Professor of Humanities at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and editor of Ralph Ellison’s posthumous novel, Juneteenth and The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison (both published by Random House).