Thursday, June 20, 2019
U.S. Congressional Representative, Ted Lieu of California, asked a Trump Admin official (in a Hearing) the following: "Under the Constitution, does the President have the authority to declare war?". The Trump guy hemmed, hawed, beat around the bush, and never answered the query. Then Rep. Lieu said he would make it easy: "The Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, right?". More hemming & hawing from the U.S. Envoy to Iran. Kudos to Representative Lieu.
Those who rely on the War Powers Resolution (often called the War Powers Act), or any other "resolution", to declare war are violating the Constitution and their Oath of Office. In our system of government, it isn't up to the President to decide when to go to war. The Founders believed that could be subject to abuse, and so they made certain that only Congress had that power. At least then, We the People supposedly would be represented in the decision. Plus, Congress was not given the authority to transfer that power to the Executive. The President only has power to manage a war...once Congress has declared war. Finally, no Law supercedes the U.S. Constitution.
According to recent News reports, Trump & Crew are considering using the 2001 Resolution as authority to go to war with Iran. That's ludicrous. Not only is it ludicrous (and illegal) because of the paragraph immediately above, but also because that Resolution had absolutely nothing to do with Iran. Nothing at all.
The last time Congress declared war was in December, 1941. Over the decades since then, members of our Gov't have ignored the war clause of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution of the United States. That means each of them has violated his/her Oath of Office. Very few people seem to care.
The case for war with Iran is so flimsy that it really doesn't exist. The Warmongers' efforts to make the case have a strong stink about them. More importantly, the President does not have the Constitutional authority to declare war on any nation. Once any part of our bedrock Supreme Law of the Land is by-passed, then the same can happen to any other part. Hello. This whole scenario reeks of "The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives". Empire on steroids.
Not only my opinion. Be Well