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Congressís Personal Disdain for Trump is Impeding National Security in Iranian Conflict
Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2020 | Kay Coles James

Posted on 01/16/2020 3:24:31 AM PST by Kaslin

What do the Iranian people, who have turned out in droves to protest their own government, know that many members of Congress don’t? They realize it’s their leaders who represent a grave threat to the future of their own country and world peace, not the president of the United States.

Too many in Congress have let their personal disdain for President Donald Trump cloud their obligation to ensure the safety of Americans at home and abroad. Some have apologized to the Iranian regime that has backed repeated attacks against U.S. personnel and our embassy in Iraq. A majority in the House even voted to condemn the president’s retaliatory strikes against Iran and tried to tie the president’s hands in any future military engagements – all while his strategy seems to be working.

In contrast to the regime-staged protests of last week, the real anger that we are seeing in the streets of Iran this week seems to be a validation of the administration’s actions. The Iranian people have flooded the streets to protest the reckless shoot-down of the Ukrainian airliner filled with their fellow countrymen and the lies and denials coming from their own government to cover it up. They are calling for the death of their Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. They are also tearing down posters of Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the head of the terrorist arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who President Trump ordered killed with a drone strike on January 3rd.

While many in Congress attacked the president for taking out Suleimani, the Iranian protesters this week showed the world that they not only saw Suleimani as an oppressor of his own people, but as the architect of Iran’s foreign policy of terrorism who used up the country’s blood and treasure and subjected them to international sanctions that only made them poorer and more isolated.

Congressional critics are claiming that killing Suleimani was an illegal assassination, which it was not. The general was a lawful military target under both domestic and international law. He had led a campaign of terror for years that resulted in the deaths of more than 600 Americans by his own militias and thousands more American deaths and injuries by terrorist proxy groups he trained and supported. President Trump had ample authority under the Constitution as commander-in-chief to target Suleimani to defend Americans against ongoing and imminent attacks.

Yet Pelosi and others are angry that the administration didn’t consult Congress before taking out the general. They have pointed to the 1973 War Powers Act, which requires a president notify Congress within 48 hours of a military action and prohibits the military from remaining in a conflict for more than 60 days if Congress doesn’t authorize military force.

However, many legal scholars agree that the War Powers Act is unconstitutional. It infringes on the president’s constitutional authority to have sole control over the military.

Congress does have the power to check the president’s authority – specifically, it has the power to refuse funding for military actions it doesn’t approve of. Congress certainly should debate a president’s use of military force, and if our elected representatives have issues with those actions, they should use their funding authority to rein a president in. That would be the constitutional solution.

President Trump’s actions, though, seemed to have been successful in tamping down Iranian aggression, and for now, it appears that any immediate escalation with Iran has been avoided. The U.S. will continue to take actions, including increasing sanctions, designed to punish the regime for its behavior and prevent further escalation while offering it the option of going back to the negotiating table.

President Trump has delivered a clear message to the Iranian government: “Your campaign of terror, murder, mayhem will not be tolerated any longer.” He promised to strike back if there were more attacks on Americans, and the regime seems to be listening.

These events remind us why the U.S. must maintain the best-equipped armed forces in the world and use firm diplomacy – backed by the credible threat of military force – to successfully thwart rogue regimes bent on America’s destruction.

While Congress has a role in ensuring that America doesn’t become entangled in unnecessary or illegitimate conflicts, it must also recognize when legitimate actions are taken for national security reasons, and it must reject letting politics get in the way of its sacred obligation to protect the American people.


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1 posted on 01/16/2020 3:24:31 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

It’s not only their disdain and hatred toward Trump and his supporters, but it’s also their blame-America-first attitude and lack of patriotism.


2 posted on 01/16/2020 3:32:53 AM PST by luvbach1 (I hope Trump runs roughshod over the inevitable obstuctionists, Dems, progs, libs, or RINOs!)
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To: Kaslin

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali celebrated in 2006 midterms when Pelosi became speaker, he said the election of Democrats was an “obvious victory for the Iranian nation.” And of course then there’s Obama’s Iran nuke deal, getting rid of sanctions and giving them billions of cash.

Nancy spread her “San Francisco values” (one of the most morally and spiritually bankrupt cities in the country) through govt.

The radical left is evil.


3 posted on 01/16/2020 3:48:31 AM PST by gattaca ("Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

The Dems are the greatest threat to the US and freedom lovers everywhere. They are terrorist enablers and will do anything for power and control above all. We are getting close to the Leftist dream of burning it all down. The only question is who will do the burning and who will be left afterward.


4 posted on 01/16/2020 3:54:36 AM PST by Truth29
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Imagine how far we’d have come if congress hadn’t been such butts.


5 posted on 01/16/2020 6:30:19 AM PST by bgill
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