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BERNIE SIDES WITH IRAN'S MULLAHS
Front Page Magazine ^ | 3/21/2018 | Kenneth R. Timmerman

Posted on 03/21/2018 9:30:43 AM PDT by b4its2late

The Left's romance with the Islamic Republic ensues.

The Senate debated on Tuesday a resolution introduced by Vermont Socialist Bernie Sanders that would require the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Yemen.

The surprising support the resolution won from 44 U.S. Senators handed a big win to Iran, which is engaged in a hot war with Saudi Arabia on the Arabian Peninsula. And it was a huge slap in the face to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who was meeting with President Trump in the White House as the Senate debated the motion on the floor.

It also showed the extreme damage recent scandals involving NSA snooping and political bias at the FBI have done to the credibility of the United States government, which lobbied heavily against the resolution.

Let there be no doubt: the only reason the United States has any interest in the civil war that has been raging in Yemen since 2012 is because of the Iranian regime support for the Houthi rebels.

The Houthis have fired Iranian-supplied missiles at the Saudi capital, Riyadh. They have targeted civilian airports, as well as royal palaces. As I wrote earlier this year, imagine for an instant if a hostile regional power were to stir up a civil war in Mexico or Canada, with the ultimate aim of destabilizing the U.S.?

For that is the unabashed goal of the Iranian regime: destabilize Saudi Arabia, which Tehran sees as the main check on its effort to dominate the Persian Gulf, control the free flow of oil, and establish its land bridge through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to Israel’s borders.

Sometimes you wonder at the intelligence of members of Congress. Seriously.

What part about a nuclear-armed Iran in control of the Middle East and threatening Israel do the backers of this resolution not get?

The Sanders resolution, backed initially by predictably left-wing members of the Democrat caucus, also won the fulsome support of Utah Republican Mike Lee, who joined Sanders in a mutual love-fest on the Senate floor last week to blast the Trump administration for “the unauthorized Middle East war that your United States government is supporting.”

The two Senators invoked the Vietnam-era War Powers Resolution, which Lee said “was designed to stop secret, unauthorized military activities such as these.”

Sanders boasted that their resolution was aimed to “force the first-ever vote in the Senate to withdraw U.S. Armed Forces from an unauthorized war.”

The War Powers Resolution gives the administration a 60-day window to withdraw troops engaged in overseas combat operations, unless it seeks explicit Congressional approval through a declaration of war.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, however, the United States has repeatedly deployed U.S. forces overseas under a broad authority granted by Congress known as the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Terrorists.

The AUMF, which became law on September 14, 2001, gave the President the authority to use all “necessary and appropriate force” against anyone who “planned, authorized, committed or aided” the 9/11 attacks, or those who harbored them – a very broad definition. Indeed, U.S. troops are today deployed to over 100 countries around the world where they act, for the most part, as trainers and advisors.

But sometimes those trainers can get ambushed, as happened in October when four U.S. soldiers on a routine training exercise were killed by ISIS fighters in Niger.

The Niger attack is largely responsible for reigniting the debate over the AUMF. During a second ISIS attack in December in the Lake Chad basis, 11 ISIS fighters were killed – this time without U.S. or Nigerien casualties.

The Sanders-Lee resolution sought essentially to revoke the AUMF and return to the more narrow authorization defined under the pre-war-on-terrorism statute. This would put the dysfunctional U.S. Senate in charge of U.S. foreign and military policy.

Imagine that.

Mike Lee argued that this is what the Constitution requires. But Congress settled that argument in 2001 when it passed the AUMF. Lee, who wasn’t a Senator then, wants to reopen the case, and has no problem teaming up with Senate Democrats who couldn’t care a whit about the Constitution and whose only goal in life is to impeach President Trump.

Debate on the Sanders-Lee measure heated up last week when Secretary of Defense James Mattis weighed in, vigorously opposing the bill in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Mattis noted that the U.S. began providing limited support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen in 2015. “Neither President Obama nor President Trump authorized the use of U.S. military force against the Houthis,” he wrote. “Our support takes the form of intelligence sharing, military advice, and logistical support, including air-to-air refueling. This non-combat support is focused on… reducing the risk of civilian casualties.”

Indeed, the United Nations recently called the Yemen proxy war “the worst man-made humanitarian crisis of our time.” While that might surprise many Americans, given the lack of media coverage of Yemen and the glut of coverage of Syria, what Matthis has tried to do is to help the Saudis become more precise in their targeting, to avoid mass civilian casualties.

But first and foremost, this is all about checking Iran.

Sanders argued in a “fact sheet” accompanying the resolution that “claims of Iran’s influence over the Houthis have been overblown.”

I guess he wasn’t around when U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stood in front of an Iranian-built missile at Andrews Air Force base that had been intercepted by the Saudis en route to the Riyadh international airport.

Senator Sanders has become a predictable ally of the thugs of Tehran, a “useful idiot” for the mullahs and their IRGC enablers.

He supports the Iran nuclear deal, that enshrines Tehran’s capabilities to make nuclear weapons, and opposes new sanctions on the Iranian regime.

In the new Middle East according to Bernie, a nuclear-capable Shiite Empire will rule from Afghanistan to Lebanon, and control the overwhelming majority of OPEC’s oil exports and the oil export routes through the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea.

Israel will be surrounded by that Shite Empire from the North, the East, and the South. And the United States will become Belgium—with nuclear weapons.

Welcome to Bernie-World. It’s not one I’d like to live in.

Lamentably, Bernie convinced four Republicans in addition to Mike Lee to buy into his vision: Susan Collins of Maine, Steve Daines of Montana, Jerry Moran of Kansas, and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Shame on them.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
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1 posted on 03/21/2018 9:30:44 AM PDT by b4its2late
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To: b4its2late

Apparently an easy to make protest vote for many.


2 posted on 03/21/2018 9:35:05 AM PDT by Paladin2
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If christians weren’t so mean by their tut-tut of felchers. And their annoying habit of building things and creating technology, but also preserving ancient human achievements, and creating art and music, rather than destroying anything and everything considered beautiful, or historic, then everybody wouldnt hate them so much


3 posted on 03/21/2018 9:35:50 AM PDT by dsrtsage (For Leftists, World History starts every day at breakfast)
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To: b4its2late

The neocon author fails to make the case for US troops in Yemen.


4 posted on 03/21/2018 9:36:28 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: b4its2late

“Mike Lee argued that this is what the Constitution requires”

And he is correct on this.


5 posted on 03/21/2018 9:38:42 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: b4its2late

I’m sure the communist Jewish Sanders would be very surprised when the mullahs hung him from a lamp post.


6 posted on 03/21/2018 9:40:07 AM PDT by Rummyfan (In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel.)
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To: b4its2late

The Bern is, well, 51 cards short of a full deck. It’s wonderful to note that he has NEVER had any real job short of politics.
What a dumbass.


7 posted on 03/21/2018 9:43:21 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Rummyfan

“...when the mullahs hung him from a lamp post....”

Yeah, those Arabs don’t care for old Jewish hippie Marxists.


8 posted on 03/21/2018 9:43:47 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: b4its2late

What part about a nuclear-armed Iran in control of the Middle East and threatening Israel do the backers of this resolution not get?


9 posted on 03/21/2018 9:51:16 AM PDT by MarvinStinson
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To: Da Coyote

That he is!


10 posted on 03/21/2018 10:04:57 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: b4its2late

The bumbling old fart is actually a dangerous ideologue who would willingly give away this country to theocratic dictators, just so that Christianity would be eliminated.

Got news for you, old $hit. Every day in their prayers the muzzies proclaim their hatred for you. Kissing their a$$es isn’t going to make them like you.


11 posted on 03/21/2018 10:06:50 AM PDT by I want the USA back (There are two sexes: male (pronoun HE), and female (pronoun SHE). Denial of this is insanity.)
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To: Da Coyote

“The Bern is, well, 51 cards short of a full deck. It’s wonderful to note that he has NEVER had any real job short of politics. What a dumbass.”

All I can say is thank the LORD in heaven, that he DID NOT GET ELECTED. I really don’t know who would have been worse, hillary, or Mr. Free Everything.


12 posted on 03/21/2018 10:07:53 AM PDT by kagnew (WWW)
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Senator Sanders has become a predictable ally of the thugs of Tehran, a “useful idiot” for the mullahs and their IRGC enablers.

Sums it up quite well.

13 posted on 03/21/2018 10:09:12 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: I want the USA back

You got that right! Haha. Bumbling old fart. Love it.


14 posted on 03/21/2018 10:10:01 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Rummyfan

For a minute or two. Then he’d be toast.


15 posted on 03/21/2018 10:10:45 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Paladin2

Sure was.


16 posted on 03/21/2018 10:11:22 AM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: MarvinStinson

“What part about a nuclear-armed Iran in control of the Middle East and threatening Israel do the backers of this resolution not get?”

The fact that putting US troops in Yemen under a AUMF that’s 17 years old has nothing to do with Iran acquiring nukes.

A proper use of military force would be regime change in Iran after Congressional approval, or at least a secret strike to eliminate their capability under existing law prior to the 2001 AUMF.


17 posted on 03/21/2018 10:20:24 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...
Thanks b4its2late. What's Bernie's FR nick?

Iran has missiles in Eritrea overlooking the shipping lanes for a huge amount of the world's oil, and they want Yemen as well. Since Iran is an emey nation bent on the destruction of the US, yes, by all means, let them have it. /s
BTW, Yemen should be the example imagine in the dictionary under "strange bedfellows". People of a certain demographic (gray or white hair) remember the good old days when there were two Yemens (yeah, man), and are mostly wishing we could visit Socorro without risk. :^)

18 posted on 03/21/2018 2:17:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Mariner

Containing Iran.
Freedom of the seas.
2011 court ruling against Iran.
USS Cole plot.
Khobar Towers.
US Embassies bombings
9/11.
Sinaloa Cartel.


19 posted on 03/21/2018 7:41:09 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: piasa

And that jackwagon Venezuelan muslim governor who provides Hezbollah with an entry point.


20 posted on 03/21/2018 7:45:29 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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