Saturday, April 8, 2017

Syria

This is how I explained it to Scherie.
When someone launches one missile, not to mention 59 others, at your sovereign soil, you typically consider it an act of war.
It doesn't matter whether the aggressor intends to invade or occupy or attack again.
It is an act of war.

Now, strict Constitutionalists, this is what the document says,

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution

The Congress shall have Power .....
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

Something may make you feel proud to be an American, thrilled to see a decisive President and justified to punish a war criminal.

But it is still wrong as defined by the U.S. Constitution.

Right?

And regarding Syria...

https://www.spreaker.com/user/gmwellings/the-drift-radio-show-april-8-2017



12 comments:

  1. Well put Ed. It was reckless for Obama to invent a "red line"....and it was reckless for Trump to employ the Clintonian tactic of war-by-TLAM. But if Congress rolled over for the last POTUS....barring the Freedom Caucus, I certainly expect no less during this Administration.

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    1. Seems that Russia, Iran and Syria are now issuing red lines....

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  2. I haven't listened to the show yet (will this morning). However, regarding your topic... You know I have been a harsh critic of President Trump and didn't vote for him (and I still have many issues with him) but he made me proud again with this quick and decisive - targeted and measured strike. When chemical or biological weapons are involved, there isn't time for a 3 week debate in congress with the code pinkers. I understand what you are saying regarding congress having the authority to declare war, but this is an emergency situation. Humanitarian wise and national security wise. Those things are very mobile, after all. If a ICBM is fueled and ready for launch from NK or Iran and intelligence tells us it's a nuke, should we discuss this in congress for a month or so, or do we take it out on the pad? I liked this call on many fronts. Trump inherited a dangerous world, thanks to obama's limp wrists. Time for the bad actors to to get back in line.

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  3. While I understand your position, I do not think that this was a clear and present danger to us.
    NorKo is, and deserves an example.
    This, unfortunately, looks like an offended king lashing out impulsively.
    It may not be, but it has that optic.
    It also looks like a new Sheriff is in town. But are we the world police?

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  4. I'm with DaBlade on this one except I don't have as many issues with Trump. I see him as someone who truly wants to make things better but is operating in the filthy political environment with enemies on all sides, especially the majority in Congress who don't give a S* about anyone anywhere. I think Trump is holding up pretty well.

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  5. Declare war?
    That's such an old fashioned idea.
    Why would you want to do that?
    You'd have to work with Congress.

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    1. What was I thinking?
      If we did that, we'd never go to war.

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  6. I'm so conflicted..on one hand we do need to start displaying strength but in Syria? Good Lord..what a hot mess! Have a beautiful holiday ED..paint some eggs! hugzzzzzzzzzz xoxoxoxo

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  7. As usual, Angel has the answer. we could do an egg drop! Take Assad out with high cholesterol. :)

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  8. Actually he does have the power to take actions, per the War Powers Act of 1973, without a declaration of war. However he must report said actions to congress... https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/50/1541

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  9. (c) Presidential executive power as Commander-in-Chief; limitation
    The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.

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