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AUGUST 2020

US Senate Passes “War Powers Resolution” Taking Away Trump’s Iran War Gamble

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US Senate Passes "War Powers Resolution" Taking Away Trump's Iran War Gamble

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On February 13th, the US Senate voted 55-45 on the War Powers Resolution.

It was proposed by Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and it would require US President Donald Trump to pull any U.S. troops from military hostilities against Iran within 30 day unless he gets congressional approval for the military actions.

While Trump and other presidents “must always have the ability to defend the United States from imminent attack, the executive power to initiate war stops there”, Kaine said. “An offensive war requires a congressional debate and vote.”

Critics said that the resolution would signal US weakness to Iran, but Kaine said that it wasn’t so, rather the opposite was true.

“When we stand up for the rule of law – in a world that hungers for more rule of law – and say ‘this decision is fundamental, and we have rules that we are going to follow so we can make a good decision,’ that’s a message of strength,” Kaine said.

“If we’re to order our young men and women … to risk their lives in war, it should be on the basis of careful deliberation by the people’s elected legislature and not on the say-so of any one person,” Kaine added.

Republican senators who supported the resolution argued it was about clawing back some of the warmaking authority Congress has ceded to the executive branch in recent decades. It wasn’t specifically aimed against Trump.

Eight Republican senators voted in favor of the resolution including: Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Susan Collins, Todd Young, Jerry Moran, Lamar Alexander, Bill Cassidy and Lisa Murkowski.

“This is not about the presidency. … This really is about the proper allocation of power between the three branches of government,” Lee told reporters. “Congress has ceased to be in the war declaration driver’s seat.”

Lee added that he was a “big supporter of this president” and that voting for the resolution was “about supporting President Trump in his foreign policy and his effort to make sure we don’t get involved too easily, too quickly and in an unconstitutional way in any war.”

“It is … important to reassert the legislative branch’s role regardless of which party occupies the White House,” Sen. Susan Collins, also saying that it was overdue for such a resolution to be accepted.

The White House has pledged that the president will veto the resolution if it reaches his desk, arguing that it “fails to account for present reality.”

“This joint resolution is untimely and misguided. Its adoption by Congress could undermine the ability of the United States to protect American citizens whom Iran continues to seek to harm,” the Office of Management and Budget said.

In two Twitter posts, US President Donald Trump called on Republicans to vote against the resolution.

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  • Barba_Papa

    As if Trump would start a war with Iran. Or any other country. He knows damn well that his voter base is fed up with wars. This is going to hamper his successors way more. But that is good anyway.

    • Zionism = EVIL

      The redneck trash is not willing to die for their Zionist masters, they are shit scared as we saw in Syria yesterday when a brave Syrian towering over the child killing redneck trash tore off their arsewipe flag. It is time the resistance forces start a regional war of liberation. These cowards are pussies and get a headache if a missile explodes 100 meters away, they are hardly going to fight like men.

      • cactus

        FACTS !

        • Zionism = EVIL

          Indeed, the Americunts attacked two of the Arab world’s weakest nations Iraq and Libya to plunder oil after sanctioning both for decades and still can not control either despite 2 decades of endless wars. They invaded tribal Afghanistan taking advantage of Pakistani treachery and vacuum created by the collapse of USSR and the idiot Yeltsin. In 20 years of taking a beating in Afghanistan, the arseholes can not control Kabul as it is attacked every day. They are thugs and hardly in a position to attack Iran, a massive country with 83 million people and a Shia diaspora of 400 million and even mass support in the Sunni world from Malaysia to Algeria. Iran has already given the faggots a headache literally. Getting bogged in a land war that will destroy the Zionist scum is not on the cards.

          • the anglo-zionist faggots can’t even start a war if they wanted to barring the war powers resolution or not. if their prospective adversary were maybe haiti or Jamaica, the evil americunt war machine won’t hesitate to attack, but given their taste of Iranian power, they were too quick to pass the act restricting declaring war against Iran to a legislation by congress, cowards. the tables have truly turned, and the hunter is now the prey. the scum are still fighting AK-47 totting Taliban for 19 years and they can’t make any headway with all their military hardware, yet they want to fight Iran… i really wished the bastards had retaliated against the Iranians and they would have seen what war looks like for real. a few missiles and they cower in fear! pfft!

          • Zionism = EVIL

            The swine are only good at killing women and children and even then can’t win. Look at the pathetic defeats in Korea, Vietnam, now Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention Syria. It is just hubris and arrogance that is their impending downfall.

          • cactus

            the tables are turning the good days are coming and the syrian arab republic will lead the arab world into independence and freedom after the war, the arab countries need to be united in order to overcome the imperialist and zionist challenges we need to stick together against turks and kurds and zionists, from morocco we fully support our dear syrian people and their legitimate governement under the president doctor bashar alassad against wahabbis and takfiri thugs.

          • Kananda

            in that time (1990) iraq was the strongest arab country.

            and lybia was also not weak.

      • FACTS! FACTS!! FACTS!!!

    • klove and light

      no it would´nt……the so called trump base was Always there in american Society…it is a war mongering Evil Society……ie. all These daily shootimgs in america like in baltimore . would have called the united nations on plan for any other Nation espeically the way the US governmnet shoots or jails coloured Folks in the US.
      Did the americans, are the americans currently protesting their Evil governmnet doings in regards to the small souzth american m,igrant Kids and infants beiing taken away from their parents and jailed.with no shower or water or blankets.as Young as 4 years old???

      No the americans are watching sitcoms,Oscars,football,hockey, sniffing coke and drinking booze and getting stoned on weed………..they have no morals, no character no Soul.

      DID any american, be it democrat orr repub. protest the MURDER assasdination of a foreign General???

      NO , they ALL applaueded.

      but then again…what else to expect of a Nation BUILT ON THE GENOCIDE OF THE NATIVE PEOPLE!!!!

      • Zionism = EVIL

        Americunts are most disgusting murdering arseholes on the planet, they committed holocaust of the native population, enslaved the Africans, institutionalized racism, plundered the planet for Jew evil corporations and have been killing millions of civilians around the world for the Bilderberg military industrial complex. Even the mongols pale in comparison.

    • zman

      I’d really like to see proof of that. His most rabid ‘voter base’ are Zionist Christians and the rich.

  • Damien C

    If they really want to stop Trump .. take his phone away, he’d have a Twitter withdrawal event

    • Zionism = EVIL

      Trump is a typical loudmouth Americunt draft dodging coward that serves the Jew evil agenda.

    • FlorianGeyer

      Lol.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    Let’s face FACTS, the Americunt dumbass losers have lost every war and are groveling at the feet of the Taliban just to work out a face saving exit, they are hardly in a position to take on Iran after he mega headache missile barrage. It is time the resistance forces increase pressure on these cowardly lardass dumbass Jew enslaved child killers.

  • rulla

    Of course Trump will veto on this. As American president, he is primarily responsible for the interests of Israel and second only to American voters.

  • Kananda

    in america is democracy, and the parlament can eliminate the silly president. in russia is no democracy, the dictators do what they want. one man show country.