Congress and the Politics of Troop Withdrawal

Zelizer, Julian E.
June 2010
Diplomatic History;Jun2010, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p529
Academic Journal
The article explores the role and historical context of the U.S. Congress and legislators in the Vietnam War and withdrawal of soldiers. The author reflects on historical conflicts on matters of national security between executive authority and legislative authorization in the U.S. government. The role of congressional hearings in opposing the military policy of the administration of U.S. president Lyndon Johnson is considered. Comparisons are made between the Vietnam War and the military policies of U.S. president George W. Bush regarding the expansion of executive authority and the Iraq War.


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