Lincoln, Obama, and unilateral war

In an editorial at History News Network, David Gray Adler argues that Obama’s unilateral approach to military action is one Lincoln consistently refused to take:

Lincoln would have been sharply critical of his admirer’s assertion of a unilateral executive power to initiate military hostilities.  In the course of his distinguished political career, Lincoln consistently rejected the concept that the president had the power to initiate war. He understood that the Constitution vests in Congress the sole and exclusive authority to wage war on behalf of the American citizenry.

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