Well, he’s done it again. For the third time, President Biden has unmistakably said that the United States would employ military force in the defense of Taiwan if China were to try and seize that island by force. And for the third time, Administration officials have had to “walk back” his comments and try to ensure the world that the policy of “strategic ambiguity” with regards to Taiwan remains in place. And, again, much ink has been spilt discussing the issue.
It is fair to assume that what the President meant was that he believes the U.S. should use military force to prevent China from seizing Taiwan by force. But what exactly does the Constitution have to say about this use of military power by the U.S.?