Former secretaries of state James A. Baker III and Warren Christopher are the big names associated with the National War Powers Commission, but the group that issued its report today on the interaction between the president and Congress on matters of war has a strong Virginia connection.
The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia impaneled the commission in February 2007, and W. Taylor Reveley III, interim president at the college of William and Mary, and John C. Jeffries Jr., professor and former dean at the U.Va. law school, were its co-directors..
The respective authority of Congress and the president on the use of force overseas has been a topic of interest for 40 years for Reveley. W&M’s office of university relations has an account of that interest, along with links to the commission’s report and other information about its work. The New York Times has an op-ed column by Baker and Christopher as well.
By Alan Cooper