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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

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

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813160948.003.0003

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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