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I heard on the news that Congress has only declared war 5 times, but they didn't say which 5, do you know which wars were really wars and not just police actions or cold wars or whatever the proper term might be.

-- Cindy (S.E.IN) (, September 13, 2001


I could be worng but I believe the "wars" were : 1812, Spanish- American, WW1, WW2 and the Gulf War.

-- lesley (, September 13, 2001.

Lesley, the Gulf War wasn't declared. I believe it was: 1812, Spanish- American, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. I know we haven't declared war since WWII. The Civil War was declared by both sides.

Contrary to reports that seem to be flying around, the President CANNOT declare war. The Congress must vote to do so and the President announces it.

-- Doreen (, September 13, 2001.

the war of 1812 the mexican war the spanish american war ww1 ww2

-- c l erbe (, July 06, 2002.

1 Mexican War 2.Spanish-American War 3.Civil War 4.WWI 5.WWII The Congress could only declare war but it's up to the president as Commander in Chief to send the troops. The president could send troops with out the Congress declaring the war but because of the War Powers Act in 1973, the President must inform leaders of Congress within 48 hours of military action. If the Congress deapproves the military action, Congress could only remove the troops after 60 days but mean while Congress could stop funding the troops and that will force the President to call them back. *_*

-- April (, May 08, 2004.

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