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1991 Pre-Gulf War Debate

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1991 Pre-Gulf War Debate

1991 Pre-Gulf War Debate

1991 Pre-Gulf War Debate

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Robert talks with Pat Towell, senior writer for the Congressional Quarterly. Towell talks about the debate leading up to the Gulf War, including the congressional debate about it. He says that the current discussion about whether or not to invade Iraq reflects longstanding discussions about the relative powers of the president and the Congress in declaring war. There are several issues that were important in 1991 that are absent now, including the lack of discussion of burden sharing, U.S. military capabilities, and the possibility of large numbers of U.S. casualties.