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A War Cabinet is committee formed by a government in time of war. It is usually a subset of the full executive cabinet of ministers. It is also quite common for a War Cabinet to have senior military officers and opposition politicians as members.


When he became Prime Minister during World War II, Winston Churchill formed a War Cabinet, initially consisting of the following:

It would undergo many changes in composition over the next five years.


In response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, United States President George W. Bush created a War Cabinet. They met at Camp David the weekend of September 15 to shape what became the War on Terrorism.


The Cabinet comprised Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, George Tenet, Hugh Shelton, John Ashcroft, Paul O'Neill, Karen Hughes, Ari Fleischer, Robert Mueller, Paul Wolfowitz, and Andy Card. Some of their spouses were also on this retreat.


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Lieberman's 'War Cabinet'- by Justin Raimondo (1717 words)
The kind of war we must fight against this sort of enemy is very different from what we faced in 1938, and yet the neocons, old soldiers all (albeit not of the uniformed type), are preparing to fight the last war.
We "undermined" the war effort: we made the U.S. cut and run." But this is akin to a madman standing on the edge of a precipice, insisting on his power of flight.
In any case, wars always rearrange the political landscape: liberals become conservatives and internationalists become "isolationists" (and vice versa), and people switch parties, break old allegiances, and craft new alliances.
The War Cabinet and Advisory War Council (652 words)
The inaugural meeting of the War Cabinet was held on 27 September 1939 at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne, in a room at the rear of the first floor of the northern wing, which had been completed in 1916 as an addition to the main building (A Block) on St Kilda Road.
It was agreed that the War Cabinet, which should include such Ministers as the Prime Minister should direct, together with such Ministers as from time to time were coopted, should deal with all matters in relation to the conduct of the war other than matters of major policy.
War Cabinet meetings were held at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne, and in the Cabinet room adjacent to the prime ministerial suite at Parliament House, Canberra.
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