War presidency as limited-term dictatorship.
By this reasoning, once a "state of war" exists--whether or not Congress has actually declared war--it is customary to permit the president a five-year period during which he is essentially an elected dictator.
To justify this assumption, Krauthammer invoked the familiar precedents of Lincoln suspending habeas corpus and "trashing the Bill of Rights," and FDR's summary imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Both of those wars were ended during what Krauthammer considers the customary five-year limit for wartime dictatorship. But the "war on terror" will continue indefinitely, he adds, meaning that the only rational course, as he sees it, is to promote unrestrained presidential power in perpetuity.
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|Publication:||The New American|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Aug 7, 2006|
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