From Presidential Wars to American Hegemony:The Constitution After 9/11

  • Louis Fisher
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


The use of military force by President George W. Bush against Iraq poses a threat to constitutional government, civil liberties, and national security (both here and abroad). It represents the culmination over the past 50 years of unilateral presidential wars accompanied by few checks from Congress or the judiciary. Academics, the media, and the general public have shown little understanding of constitutional limits and little interest in keeping the president within legal bounds. The current Iraq War reflects the ideological efforts of neoconservatives who have promoted, in recent decades, a far-reaching military agenda to assure American hegemony (the term they prefer) in world affairs. Their detailed plans, kept largely on the shelf, were activated with a rush after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Foreign Policy Security Council Military Force Military Action Bush Administration 
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