Like Daughter, Like Father: Elizabeth Cheney's 1988 senior thesis on presidential war powersBreaking News
At the time this thesis was written, Dick Cheney was Wyoming's lone member in the House of Representatives. After graduating college, working in the State Department, and getting her law degree, Elizabeth Cheney would eventually become one of the top U.S. diplomats to the Middle East.
Below are five excerpts from Cheney's thesis:
In the introduction, she argues that, during wartime, Americans desire a policy "clearly set forth by one voice."
In the next excerpt, she defends Lincoln's decision to suspend habeas corpus during the Civil War as "an assertion of the power of the people."
She is less sympathetic, in the third section, toward Franklin Roosevelt, whose approval of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II flunks Cheney's standards because there were no efforts to determine the loyalties of those who were relocated.
In the fourth excerpt, she is disdainful of legislators who attempted to curb Nixon's authority to deploy the military in Cambodia.
She concludes, in the final section, that "the President must be given the latitude of occasional supremacy in foreign and military affairs."
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Randll Reese Besch - 2/13/2009
Her father and Bush on their 'extraordinary renditions' and torture plus incarceration without trials etc? From what I read she must, in order to remain consistent, condemn all of these actions and her father for promoting and supporting them. Will she?
Lorraine Paul - 2/4/2009
Has the same deep respect for democracy as her father as well.
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