The gulf between congress and the president over war powers: An analysis of the Persian Gulf War

Lorrie Lynn Curriden, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


The Persian Gulf War of 1991 highlighted the gulf between the executive and legislative branches over the extent of the president's constitutional and practical war powers. President Bush appealed to his constitutional designation as commander-in-chief, among other things, as well as U.N. authorization in asserting broad authority to conduct extensive military activity in the Persian Gulf. Congress, on the other hand, countered by invoking their plenary constitutional war powers and the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. This thesis examines that controversial and recurring debate.