It’s war: how presidents broke it to the American people

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Congress has declared war 11 times, Buzzfeed says, but not since World War II even though we’ve been involved in several conflicts.

So how have presidents announced military actions? A look back at how FDR, Reagan and the Bushes did it. Click on the name to watch a video of the speech on YouTube.

Franklin D. Roosevelt:Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. .. I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

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