The War Powers Resolution of 1973 is intended to check the power of the President in sending US troops to war without the consent of Congress—at the time, this was meant to prevent another Vietnam War.
The US President still can send US troops abroad in case of a national emergency—i.e. the country is being attacked.
The War Powers Resolution requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war.
On 3/7/2012, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was asked by Senator Jeff Sessions, “We spend our time worrying about the U.N., the Arab League, NATO and too little time, in my opinion, worrying about the elected representatives of the United States. As you go forward, will you consult with the United States Congress?” during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
What was his response? “You know, our goal would be to seek international permission. And we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress.”
What an ignorant and idiot Secretary of Defense!
They no longer have any regards for the laws of this country.
Do we want to trust our sons and daughters in the armed forces with these people!
I would not.