I’ve been watching various news outlets coverage of the airstrikes that were authorized by President Trump, that resulted in the deaths of 2 of Iran’s top military leaders in Baghdad, Iraq. Before I get into the meat of it, I would like to put forth 2 questions that I would ask to be considered under a “reasonable person” scenario
What legitimate reason would 2 of Iran’s top military leaders have to be in Baghdad, Iraq? Especially, in the aftermath of the forces that one commanded, and the other was in charge of overall military command of Iran’s military forces, who had attacked the United States of America Embassy in Iraq.
How quickly would a reasonable person agree, that a very small window of time had opened where 2 of the Opforces military leaders were in the same place at the same time. How much time does that leave at 1:00 a.m. for consultation?
The President of the United States of America is specifically, empowered, in exigent circumstances to order military operations, in support of the defense of United States citizens or it’s national interests.
Democratic Congressional leadership is, allegedly, outraged that the President did not consult with them.
However, this is a direct quote from former Vice President, and current Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden on this very issue
“The Constitution vests Congress with the power to declare war and authorize the use of force. As is well established and as the Department of Justice has articulated across several administrations, the Constitution vests the President, as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive, with the power to direct limited U.S. military operations abroad without prior Congressional approval when those operations serve important U.S. interests and are of a limited nature, scope, and duration.”
Seems to be very clear and consistent with Constitutionanal interpretations I have seen. So why the outrage Ms. Pelosi? Our President seems to have acted swiftly, decisevely and in the interests of the United States of America and they are of a limited nature and scope.
The President is specifically authorized to act for 48 hours without prior consultation with Congress. It’s been 12 hours, Congress has been notified of the President’s actions as Commander in Chief of the United States of America Armed Force’s.
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