On January 9, the US House of Representatives (one of two chambers of the Congress) will vote to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to wage war with Iran, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced.
“Members of Congress have serious, urgent concerns about the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy moving forward,” she said. “To honor our duty to keep the American people safe, the House will move forward with a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran.”
Pelosi noted that Trump’s action – authorizing a January 3 strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani – was “provocative and disproportionate” and done without consulting with the Congress.
The measure will likely pass the House, which is controlled by Democrats. However, it’s unlikely that it will pass the GOP-controlled Senate, at least in the current conditions. Additionally, Trump can veto the measure, as he did last year when Congress tried to end the US military action in Yemen. (the US in fact supports the Saudi-led intervention in the country under a pretext of combating terrorism)
The House moved forward with the war powers measure came after Iran retaliated on January 8 for Soleimani’s assassination by launching ballistic missiles at two US military bases in Iraq.
President Donald Trump’s national adress in which he revealed that there would be no military action in response to the Iranian missile strike became a sign of the possible de-escalation. However, the very same measure potentially undermined his position in the internal political power struggle. MORE HERE
Now, Trump’s opponents will try to use the current situation in order to pressure his administration. Meanwhile, the US-Iranian crisis is far from being resolved.
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