Iran Strike Renews Fight Over Who Has Say on U.S. War

The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the exclusive power to declare war. But it’s done so only 11 times since 1798, even though the U.S. armed services have been used abroad hundreds of times. Presidents cite unconventional threats and the need for flexibility and speed as justification for deploying military force without prior congressional approval — the latest example being the Jan. 3 airstrike ordered by President Donald Trump that killed one of Iran’s most powerful generals. Congress peri