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President Richard Nixon Points to a Map of Cambodia during a Vietnam War Press Conference

Black and white photograph of President Richard Nixon directing attention to a large map of Cambodia during a Vietnam War press conference. He holds sheets of paper in his hand. Visible in the background are the presidential and American flags, as well as a desk chair.
Kightlinger, Jack E., 1932-2009
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Photographic Print
Kightlinger, Jack E., photographer. "President Richard Nixon Points to a Map of Cambodia during a Vietnam War Press Conference." Photograph. National Archives and Records Administration, White House Photo Office Collection (Nixon Administration), 1/20/1969 - 8/9/1974. https://catalog.archives.gov/id/194674.

The War Powers Resolution of 1973, now known as the War Powers Act, was Congress’s attempt to reinsert itself into wartime decision making as granted to it by the Constitution. How does this source attempt to reverse some ways that executive privilege was exercised in the past?

In the 1950s, President Harry Truman sent troops to Korea without congressional approval as part of a United Nations “police action.” This action and experiences of the long, drawn-out Vietnam War under presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon led Congress to issue a check on presidential authority during wartime. The War Powers Resolution of 1973, now known as the War Powers Act, was Congress’s attempt to reinsert itself into wartime decision making as granted to it by the Constitution.