Trump under fire for not seeking Congress authorization for Syria airstrikes

Is exceeding authority a kind of coup, an "insider" attack on all the rest of us for the benefit of the insider's special Deep State friends?

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The White House vs Congress battle over war powers – will Congress really push forward?

[ Editor’s Note: We still have not seen this Congressional list yet, but we would hope that it is not all Democrats, as a bipartisan effort is always needed to put forth a war-powers challenge to the Presidency.

These Congressmen of course knew this, so I have to ask if they are getting this on the record now to make it a midterm-election debate issue? If they get stiff-armed by the White House on it, which they will, then the run-up to the November elections is their best chance to really get some public focus on it.

But there is another key reason for pushing hard for it now. We have a sociopath for a president; and we have had front row seats on how crazy it is to let a President commit the country to war, when there is no clear threat to the US.

Did anyone notice how nothing about a “threat” to the US was mentioned in any of the White House or Pentagon propaganda? I sure did. What they did put out, as Mrs. May did, was the authority was in “pursuing British interests”, that nice vague and fungible term that corrupt politicians love to use when they want to exercise authority they do not have.

I view exceeding authority as a kind of coup – an “insider” attack on all the rest of us for the benefit of the insiders’ special Deep State friends. Am I a meanie? Jim W. Dean ]

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Are the 87 Congressmen who opposed the Syria attack now going to follow up on this key issue of presidential war authority?

– First published … April 04, 2018

In an immediate reaction to America’s airstrikes on several targets in Syria, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have criticized President Donald Trump for failing to obtain congressional authorization before taking the military action. 

On Friday night, Trump announced that Washington in a coordinated attack with the United Kingdom and France had launched “precision strikes” on targets in Syria. The airstrikes were launched in response to what they claim to be a chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.

The West blames the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for carrying out the chemical attack. Damascus has consistently denied the allegation.

Just hours before the attack on Syria, 87 members of Congress sent a letter to the White House, calling on Trump not to take a military action without congressional authorization. Trump, who had threatened Damascus with a military action earlier this week, thumbed his nose at the request and ordered the airstrikes on Friday.

“President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against the Syrian government without Congress’ approval is illegal and — absent a broader strategy — it’s reckless,” said Senator Tim Kaine. “Today it’s a strike on Syria — what’s going to stop him from bombing Iran or North Korea next?”

Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, blasted Trump for not taking a contemplative approach over Syria, saying, “Last week, President Trump was adamant that the US was leaving Syria imminently. This week, he is opening a new military front.”

So far at least one Republican representative, Thomas Massie, has joined the chorus of Democrats that included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Kaine in criticizing Trump for not consulting the constitution.

Criticizing Trump’s constitutional authority to launch an attack on a foreign country without congressional approval, Massie tweeted, “I haven’t read France’s or Britain’s “Constitution,” but I’ve read ours and nowhere in it is Presidential authority to strike Syria.”

Pelosi said in a statement that Trump “must come to Congress and secure an Authorization for Use of Military Force by proposing a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives that keep our military safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians.”

Senator Bob Casey also tweeted that “the strikes that are being carried out are being done without an authorization from Congress, which is unacceptable.”

In a similar move last year, the president authorized an airstrike against a Syrian target in response to an alleged use of chemical weapons by the government. The attack drew similar criticism from those who pointed to the constitutional requirement of congressional authorization for American to go to war.

Citing congressional aides, The Washington Post reported that several lawmakers, including Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan all received phone calls about the strikes from Vice President Mike Pence.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Fungible, did you make up that word? I pray that you are not compairing the dispicable acts of a sock puppet to delectable mushrooms, now that the Morels are in season. Just saying.

  2. WTF? I did t know Tucker was missing…Anyone who puts Neocons like Max Boot in their place on live TV, is ok with me. Hopefully he’s alright…

  3. Hopefully both parties slam Trump over this, but I won’t hold my breath. The MSM that pretends to be against Trump tows the nonsensical line suggesting Assad committed a chemical weapons attack, in a pathetic attempt to justify Trumps’s actions. If they were really against Trump, they would tell the public that Trump’s attack on Syria constitutes a war crime and they would call for his impeachment.

  4. ha. what about obozo bombing the hell out of Libya? is Congress worried that Trump actually obliterated insane mccane isis thugs? that’s why syrians were rejoicing. finally America is bombing isis instead of Syrian army. congree can go and shake it off. most of them are traitors and should be hanging by a steel wires.

  5. Limiting the backlash would have been taken into account before the order was given. In the U.K. Jeremy Corbyn relies on RT and his own communication system. No RT coverage no Labour campaign. I was wondering about the Independent . If Mrs May /BAE lost power what would be left to Trump other than a corrupt congress. House of Cards? Domino run. If you take one down would the other topple?

  6. This is just selective enforcement, because it is not the first time, but we hear nothing until now.
    Even congress has too much wiggle room here. The Patriot act should be eliminated completely and and all the other ‘special powers’ granted to congress since OKC bombing.
    It’s kind of like growing old, you never can pin a precise day, that suddenly a person is old. but, any time an authority claims special powers because of danger, it has to be strictly limited.
    This should not be about Trump, but actually should be about citizens united, and all special powers to pursue terrorists, that apparently are not there, until we train them and piss off particular populations according to resources, religion, and race. It’s just getting to the point where they can’t avoid the obvious.

  7. Where I live in Georgia do you know what the government fines to citizens are for trivial offenses? How about jay walking? $200-$300. How about unrestrained dog: $1500 and you must go to court!
    It is totally absurd to allow one man called president to declare war against the demands of our Constitution with no penalties. How about the death penalty for that? Wouldn’t this be an appropriate penalty? By the way a secret letter from a secret lawyer cannot abridge the demands of the Constitution. The basic problem with the Constitution is there are no stiff penalties for government officials when they violate it.

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