Slate has a very intriguing article up of a newly found thesis written by Elizabeth Cheney (Dick Cheney's older daughter who later served in the State Department). The thesis reportedly gives a normative endorsement of an unconstrained executive during war time:
the powerful executive approvingly. Her most forceful conclusion is
that the Founders "certainly did not intend, nor does history
substantiate, the idea that Congress should legislate specific limits
on the President's power." To ensure American security, it needs to
recognize that the "nature of military and foreign policy demand the
'unity of a singular Executive.' "
The article posits this as the thinking for the entire Bush administration, but I am not sure I would credit a senior thesis in college as having that much power.
Regardless of Cheney's connection to her old thesis, I am sure people have a few interesting stories to posit from their own undergraduate work (whether in shame or in triumph). What was your college thesis (if you had one and, yes, post in the comments). Here was the introduction to my 37 pages in all of its undergraduate glory:
hegemonic stability, the most immediate and fundamental politico-economic rival
for the Bush administration is the People’s Republic of China
(PRC). Given its rapid economic growth,
international entanglement into regional economies, and continual modernization
of its military and space programs, the threat of the PRC becoming a regional
hegemon, or a global player, is real. In
accordance, the grand strategy for the Bush administration has been an ambiguous
policy of promoting China’s economic integration into the world capitalist
system in an attempt to assure Chinese dependence on the current international
system combined with an aggressive East Asian strategy ensuring military and
political containment of the PRC. This
dual-track policy, also referred to as “congagement,”allows China
possibility of the regime becoming a significant rival via traditional
conceptions of hard power.