War quiz

Quiz: against whom was war declared the last time the US government formally declared war?

EDIT: Without looking it up, of course.

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Ouch, tough one

Off the top of my head I am going to say Japan. Pretty sure everything since has been authorization of use of force hibberty-gibberish.

Declarations against Germany

Declarations against Germany and Italy were several days after that against Japan, and I'd bet some of their minor allies probably followed later on, but I don't know who without googling.

Korea, I believe. And as far

Korea, I believe. And as far as I know, that war never officially ended.

Without looking it up, my

Without looking it up, my memory says Korea.

I think Korea was officially a UN police action

It wasn't a war except for the people to died.

Iraq in 2003. There is no

Iraq in 2003. There is no requirement in the US Constitution that the word "war" actually be used, though the power to make war is in the hands of congress. The 2003 "Authorization for use of military force against Iraq" was a declaration of war.

The 2003 "Authorization for

The 2003 "Authorization for use of military force against Iraq" was a declaration of war.

That is the way you interpret it. The official and legal document was not a declaration of war, with all the legal responsibilities that follow.

Straight from the horse's mouth

Former attny general gonzales weighs in on the issue of war declaration against iraq:

GONZALES: "There was not a war declaration, either in connection with Al Qaida or in Iraq. It was an authorization to use military force.

I only want to clarify that, because there are implications. Obviously, when you talk about a war declaration, you're possibly talking about affecting treaties, diplomatic relations. And so there is a distinction in law and in practice. And we're not talking about a war declaration. This is an authorization only to use military force. "

Full interview: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/06/AR2006020601359.html

Iraq, Vietnam, etc, were decidedly NOT declarations of war. They were approved in that voodoo fashion that Randall mentioned earlier.

The answer, which I wouldn't

The answer, which I wouldn't have been able to say until recently, is Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, on June 5, 1942.

This, of course, leaves out

This, of course, leaves out "Authorizations of Force" and other such resolutions.

I know

Romania 1943. Heard it in a speach by "The Pentagon's New Map" Guy.