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TO DECLARE. To make known or publish. By tho constitution of the United States, congress have power to declare war. In this sense the word, declare, signifies, not merely to make it known that war exists, but also to make war and to carry it on. 4 Dall. 37; 1 Story, Const. Sec. 428; Rawle on the Const. 109. In pleading, to declare, is the act of filing a declaration.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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I am, therefore, baffled as to who would want to declare war on our friendly nation after independence and, indeed, why?
He has usurped Congress's sole power to declare war, and he is not seeing that "the laws are faithfully executed." The United States signed the U.N.
And, if it was our building and our people, we would have no choice but to declare war no matter how comically that might be received by our enemies and our friends alike.
Brien Hallett, whose objective is to "rethink the power to declare war," examines several factors causing the divergence between theory and practice and proposes strategies for returning the responsibility to Congress.
Last month, Duterte lashed out at Canada, even threatening to declare war against the North American country if it would not take back its trash.
Meanwhile, Malacaaang yesterday sought to downplay Duterte's statement that he was ready to declare war on Canada over the garbage sent to the Philippines, saying it was just a "figure of speech." Last week, Duterte ordered the BOC to return to Canada the garbage shipped to the Philippines six years ago, saying he was ready to declare war on Ottawa if the issue is not acted upon.
"Yung 'declare war' siyempre exaggeration 'yan (That 'declare war' statement was of course an exaggeration) but that means that Canada must seriously act on the waste they have dumped into our country 'cause that issue has been pending for so long!" Pimentel stressed in his text message when sought for comment.
America will never declare war on China !-- -- There he goes again.
In a speech in Davao City, Duterte reiterated that he was not joking when he threatened to declare war if the North American country will not take back their trash.
Sabi ko sa kanila, isauli ko 'yan, 'pag hindi tayo nagkaintindihan I will declare war,' Duterte said during a meeting with Muslim Filipinos to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in his hometown Davao City.