Pull Quote Journo: The President Is Not The Commander In Chief Of Foreign Policy

By ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ, as originally published by the Gatestone Institute

March 17, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – PipeLineNews.org – “But the president is not the Commander-in-Chief for purposes of diplomatic negotiations. This characterization mistakenly implies that President Obama — or any president — is our Commander, and that his decisions should receive special deference. This is a misreading of our constitution, which creates a presidency that is subject to the checks and balances of co-equal branches of the government. The president is only the commander in chief of "the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States." This provision was intended to assure civilian control over the military and to serve as a check on military power….

So let's describe the president by his actual constitutional role: the head of the executive branch of our tripod government that stands on three equal legs. As the head of the executive branch, he gets to negotiate treaties, agreements and other bilateral and multilateral deals. But Congress has a say in whether to approve what the president has negotiated…”

So let's stop calling the head of our executive branch the "Commander-in-Chief," and let's stop creating the false impression that the president alone can make an enforceable and enduring deal with Iran regarding its nuclear weapons program..” [For the complete article please refer to Alan M. Dershowitz, The President Is Not The Commander In Chief Of Foreign Policy, Gatestone Institute]

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