Let me see if I got this right. Rep. Ilhan Omar wants to limit the President’s war powers on Iran because he targeted Iran’s terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani? What is an Iranian General doing in Iraq leading a riot against our Embassy? Maybe some liberal can explain this.
The president may use military action *without* congressional approval.
The War Powers Act requires that Congress be notified of such action and that such activity is not open-ended or long term. Congressional approval for military action that is ongoing after a specified period of time must be obtained, or funding for such action may be withheld.
Trump’s actions are completely legal, justified, and meet the requirements of the War Powers Act.
How sad that liberals try to protect a sworn enemy of the United States that has been responsible for hundreds of American lives lost, simply because these Democrats can’t accept the fact that they lost the 2016 presidential election!
JUST IN: House Dems Omar, Lee introduce resolution directing Trump to pull US troops from hostilities against Iran https://t.co/jqVDn14b64
— The Hill (@thehill) January 5, 2020
Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a press release Sunday that they would introduce a resolution to invoke the War Powers Act to withdraw U.S. troops from hostilities with Iranian-backed forces in the Middle East.
The resolution released by the two lawmakers would explicitly tie any military action against Iran to a congressional vote, though the U.S. would not be prevented from responding to an Iranian attack.
“We in Congress must exercise our Constitutional duty—and do everything in our power to stop another disastrous war,” Omar said in a statement. “Following the assassination [of Gen. Qassem Soleimani
,] thousands of additional troops were sent to the Middle East in one of the largest rapid deployments seen in decades. This follows years of saber-rattling and threats of war against Iran by President Trump and his accomplices.”
“It’s past time for Congress to reassert our Constitutional authority and return to diplomacy with Iran and our allies,” added Lee, the sole member of Congress to vote against war in Afghanistan in 2001. [The Hill]
Trump is following the War Powers Act to the letter. Omar and the Democrats are trying to override written law with a partisan “resolution.”
I am introducing a War Powers Resolution in the House with @BLeeforCongress to prevent an illegal war with Iran.
We must not allow this President to send our men and women into harm’s way without Congressional authority. https://t.co/8OSkZYRXu8
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 5, 2020
House Democrats know Pres. Trump will veto this legislation if it makes it through the Senate. They also know there are not enough votes in Congress to overturn a veto. Just more election year virtue signaling by the soon to be former Speaker.
Why is it Democrats seem so eager to abolish the presidency when Trump is getting the highest approval ratings he has ever had?
The bottom line is that the decision to conduct military strikes is the responsibility of the President, the Joint Chiefs, and the military leadership in the Pentagon and the Major commanders of the military. Congress has no business trying to second guess the decisions made by the President and his/her intelligence officers and military advisers.
They are the ones with the knowledge to make the decisions.
Members of Congress and most especially Ilhan Omar do not know military operations other than what they are briefed on. Omar does not run America, and she and her House of Representative cohorts are overstepping their authority.
This woman thinks that she is in charge of America, and she is not.
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