When was the last time that the US formally declared War?
Should the Geneva Convention be applied to just resolutions authorizing the use of military force, does it require a formal constitutional declared war by congress?
The last time we formally declared war was World War 2. Everything else was a police action or enforcement action.
The Geneva Convention has limits, such as not covering fighters who don't wear a uniform and don't have a formal chain of command. This is why we don't have to give any rights to Muslim terrorists like ISIS - they violate the Geneva convention by not wearing a uniform or having a responsible chain of command. Their deliberate targeting of civilians versus military targets is another thing they do that makes the rules of war null and void.
The convention only applies to those who obey it, and Jihadis are obeying the Koran, not modern rules of war that minimize civilian deaths and atrocities.
The last time we declared war was June 5, 1942 against Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania. The war against those three countries (plus Italy [declared December 11, 1941]) official ended with the Paris Peace Treaty on February 10, 1947.
The Treaty of San Francisco formally ended war with Japan (est. December 8, 1941) September 8, 1951.
Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany formally ended war with Germany (est. December 11, 1941) on September 12, 1990.
So what are all the wars starting with the Korean War, and how can we use the War Powers without a formal war. That includes passing the Patriot Act which should have only been able to be invoked during a formal war. It is one step below Marshall Law
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