I agree wholeheartedly with Jerry Hendrix’s well-crafted argument in “To Rule the Waves” (June 1) that the United States should vastly expand its current naval capabilities. I am not so sure, however, that the Framers gave priority to the Navy over the Army by “requiring” the former and only “stipulating” for the latter when individual crises arise. Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution confers certain enumerated powers on Congress (“Congress shall have Power”), one of which is the power “to raise and support Armies,” and another, the power “to provide and maintain a Navy.” According to the Constitution,
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