Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

A group of over 40 Congress members have sent President Trump a bipartisan letter reminding him that the US Constitution requires that the president seek Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria or elsewhere. Congressman Justin Amash (R-Mich.) announced via Twitter on Monday that the letter had been sent to the White House.

Ironically Rep. Amash made the announcement just as Monday’s evening’s massive Israeli strike on Syria was underway, which resulted in a downed Russian surveillance plane carrying 14 troops amidst the confusion of missiles flying over the Mediterranean as it was hit by Syrian defense attempting to stave off the attack by Israel.

Congress Members Demand Trump Seek Approval Before Military Action In Syria

While the Pentagon formally denied any US role in the strikes, it was an extremely dangerous situation with yet again the potential for serious escalation between Russia and the US and its allies.

The letter was signed by a handful of Republicans including Thomas Massie, Mark Sanford, and Walter Jones, as well as 42 Democrats. It begins as follows:

We write to strongly urge you to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress before ordering any additional U.S. military action in Syria. We are deeply concerned by recent reports indicating that your administration is preparing again to strike Syria in the event of another chemical weapons attack.

And the letter continues by outlining Constitutional limits on the President’s power to wage war without seeking Congressional approval first:

The Constitution gives the power to declare war to the U.S. Congress and only permits the President to act in delf-defense, not simply to further perceived U.S. interests. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 also requires the President to consult with and obtain authorization from Congress prior to the use of offensive military force.

The letter follows a similar one that was signed by 88 total Congressional members last April, thus it appears pushback in the House against a potential future US attack on Syria has waned in the wake of unfounded prior accusations that Assad is “planning” to use chemical weapons.

In recent years in Syria, as the Pentagon’s “boots on the ground” presence grows (now at over 2,000 publicly acknowledged troops in eastern Syria), and as calls for direct military intervention against Damascus are also heightened, the White House has routinely invoked the 9/11 era Authorization For Use of Military Force (AUMF) mainly framing its mission as “anti-ISIL” and increasingly in terms of preventing Iranian expansion, in a policy that goes back through the Obama administration.

Meanwhile other Congressional leaders have called for a full US attack on the Syrian government, with Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger (Illinois) appearing on CNN this week to argue that American forces should impose a no-fly-zone over Syria.

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  • j. jaxson

    what will russia do?
    they need to spill some israeli blood.
    but they will not.
    too bad.

    • You can call me Al

      They have promised revenge, so what do you think they have in store for the kikes ?.

      • j. jaxson

        you are funny.
        thats a secret.
        are you weird al yank?

        • You can call me Al

          Yank – whahaha. No, I am from a Country in Europe.

          Yank !!? – no more insults, sunny boy.

          • j. jaxson

            i am a an american. i am a yankees fan actually.
            i meant are you that performer dude weird al yankiwetz or something
            like that.Israel is a suicide nation. it will crumble from within eventually.
            it is an inherent flaw.

          • j. jaxson

            poison the water.

          • j. jaxson

            it’s not important.
            thanks for the reply.

          • You can call me Al

            Oh, I shall definitely agree with some of your comment, to be honest, I did not understand the other Yanks stuff.

          • You can call me Al

            i meant are you that performer dude weird al yankiwetz or something
            like that.???????????????????

  • Snowglobe

    Gasp!!! Would you look at that! Someone has woken up Congress, and in their confusion they are trying to do their job?

    Too bad someone did not wake them up before Obama and HRC were on their Middle East rampage. Too bad that no one hit these idiots with a cattle prod to get them to stop the warlord policies that have been going on for years. Too bad someone did not throw ice water on the Congress after 911 to stop the last two decades of blood letting.

    Well, if Congress has finally woken up, and these idiots are going to do their job to stop, and withdraw the US from the ME, then more power to them.

  • IMHO

    This is just show. Every time there is about to be an engagement some congressmen scream this very same thing. And whomever the president is does what he wants anyway.
    More importantly what this tells us is that something is in the works.

  • potcracker777

    they are both satanic jewsssssssssssssssssssssssss

    the man is a fucking dirty satanic jew….amd the woman is a jew whore…..
    here a sweet quote of jesus ” your father was the father of all lies”

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    After seven decades someone in Congress finally read the Constitution.
    Not that it makes a dimes worth of difference. Our selected representatives are so in thrall to the military industrial spy complex that they have never said no to bloodshed.