The president acting alone was authorized only to repel sudden attacks hence the decision to withhold from him only the power to declare war not to make war which was thought to be a necessary emergency power in case of foreign attack. The president meanwhile derives the power to direct the military after a congressional declaration of war from article ii section 2 which names the president commander in chief of the armed forces. The war powers resolution also known as the war powers resolution of 1973 or the war powers act 50 usc 1541 1548 is a federal law intended to check the presidents power to commit the united states to an armed conflict without the consent of the us congress. In presidents of war beschloss sounds the alarm about the presidents power to drag the nation into war yet a more pressing danger and indictment of presidential power may be the little wars . The powers of the president of the united states include those powers explicitly granted by article ii of the united states constitution to the president of the united states powers granted by acts of congress implied powers and also a great deal of soft power that is attached to the presidency
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