Meanwhile most of the Americans and the democratic majority in the congress condemm strongly the Iraq war. They are demanding a concrete time limit for the retreat of the forces. But without success! There is a twighlight zone in the American constitution regulating the competences of the congress and the president concerning all decisions of war. Democracy on retreat?
In HSFK-Standpunkt 5/2007 „Demokratie auf dem Rückzug? Zur Konfrontation zwischen amerikanischem Präsidenten und Kongress über einen Truppenrückzug im Irak“ (Democracy’s Retreat? On the confrontation between the US president and congress about a retreat of troops from Iraq), Stephanie Sohnius spotlights this important debate in American foreign policy and investigates whether the vehement engagement against terrorism is undermining slowly but surely democratic principles.