I’ve always felt that having a “non-binding resolution” pretty much dealing with anything is a total waste of time. First of all, Congressmen (and women) are there to write laws. That is their job. When you have a non-binding resolution, as the House passed the other day on their War Powers vote to limit Donald Trump’s authority to use the military, it was meaningless. It was another example of the House of Representatives out of control.
Let’s be clear. A President of the United States cannot declare war on another country. That can only be done by the Congress. And a President needs to lay out that argument before Congress and hope they go along with him. Or, Congress can unilaterally declare war without the President’s input. But the President is also the Commander In Chief. And as such, he does have the power to use the military without congressional approval.
There hasn’t been a “declared war” that the United States has fought in since World War II. Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan, Syria, they’ve all been actions, but not wars. The reason is pretty simple. We belong to NATO, and if one NATO country declares war on another country, it forces ALL NATO countries to come and help out. And, you have to get congress to go along with it. There are a lot of sticking points to that.
What Donald Trump did in taking out Qasem Soleimani was not a war. It was the same military action that Barack Obama authorized over 500 such drone strikes during his tenure. One of them, even included taking out an American citizen. Congress did not authorize him to do any of them…he just did it. In fact, Congress didn’t authorize Obama’s take down of Osama bin Laden. He had the chance to take out a criminal and a terrorist, and he took it. And I don’t recall hearing any Democrat condemning the President for doing so, or for taking the many victory laps he took after bin Laden was killed. What he did was right. In fact, it was probably the shining moment in an eight year presidency. And it was exactly what Donald Trump did.
So, in this era of extreme partisanship, the House was totally out of order with it’s resolution vote trying to limit Trump. It wasted time, and tax payer money, and didn’t accomplish anything. Because of that, Nancy Pelosi has added to her already addle-minded list of flops. And Democrats who wanted to give their members something to tell the constituents back home that they voted against Donald Trump on something look like they are anti-military, pro-terrorist in doing so.
The Congress of this country basically conceded their power to declare war some 80 years ago. To try and get it back now in one fell swoop because you don’t like the guy sitting at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is not only stupid, it will come back to bite you in the derriere. It will be the same, short-sighted move that caused Harry Reid to lower the passage rate to 51 votes so appointees from Obama could get passed, and he could pack the courts with liberals. It didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!