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Obama at WarCongress and the Imperial Presidency$
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Ryan C. Hendrickson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160948

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160948.001.0001

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Afghanistan, Drone Warfare, and the Kill List

Afghanistan, Drone Warfare, and the Kill List

(p.25) 2 Afghanistan, Drone Warfare, and the Kill List
Obama at War

Ryan C. Hendrickson

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines two facets of Obama’s military choices in Afghanistan, including the two troop surges in Afghanistan in 2009 and the evolution of his drone-strike policies. It focuses on how President Obama interacted with Congress over these aspects of his foreign- and military-policy decision-making process. The evidence indicates that Congress played a minimal role in shaping Obama’s military decisions for the United States, despite a steep increase in drone warfare. This war powers interplay followed the patterns established for previous U.S. military operations, when the commander in chief dominated the foreign-policy process and Congress deferred, offering only minimal oversight.

Keywords:   Afghanistan, Drones, Kill List, War Powers

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