But the President actually did it right back then. He asked for a declaration of war. He just didn't go do it.At this moment 75 years ago, 11:48 a.m. Dallas time, #PearlHarbor was attacked. The Dec. 8 @dallasnews cover: https://t.co/dpGCyaT2bt pic.twitter.com/SYfrp8igKQ— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) December 7, 2016
"I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire."
(Congress has never declared war on Iraq or Afghanistan.)
Edit: Some of you need to read one of the headlines.