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By Robert A. Vella

The House of Representatives voted yesterday to limit President Trump’s war powers concerning Iran, and now it’s the Senate’s turn to take up the issue.  After Wednesday’s aborted attempt by the White House to convince Congress that the assassination of a top Iranian military official was justified, new reporting indicates that their rationale was not only weak but fabricated as well.  Although stymied to provoke Iran into an over-aggressive retaliation which would justify a massive U.S. response, and frustrated by unsupportive reactions from Congress and from the American people, the Trump administration has resorted to additional economic sanctions on Iranian figures and industries.

House votes to limit Trump’s war powers

From:  House passes measure seeking to limit Trump’s military actions against Iran

WASHINGTON — The House adopted a war powers resolution Thursday with the aim of limiting President Donald Trump’s military actions against Iran.

The adoption of the measure 224-194 on a largely party-line vote came amid heightened tensions between the two countries after the United States killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile attack against Iraqi airbases housing U.S. forces.

Republicans Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Matt Gaetz and Francis Rooney, both of Florida, voted for the measure, while eight Democrats voted against it: Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Ben McAdams of Utah, Anthony Brindisi, Stephanie Murphy and Max Rose, all of New York.

See also:  Matt Gaetz, the ‘Trumpiest Congressman,’ cites principles for bucking president on war powers. Kevin McCarthy is ‘very shocked.’

Soleimani assassination rationale falls apart

From:  On the day U.S. forces killed Soleimani, they launched another secret operation targeting a senior Iranian official in Yemen

On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to U.S. officials.

The strike targeting Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force who has been active in Yemen, did not result in his death, according to four U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The unsuccessful operation may indicate that the Trump administration’s killing of Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani last week was part of a broader operation than previously explained, raising questions about whether the mission was designed to cripple the leadership of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or solely to prevent an imminent attack on Americans as originally stated.

A stymied Trump administration resorts to economic sanctions

From:  Majority of Americans Say Donald Trump Has Made the U.S. Less Safe With Strike On Soleimani: Poll

Most Americans believe President Donald Trump has made the United States less safe by ordering the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, a new poll has found.

The survey by USA Today and Ipsos revealed that 55 percent of the country believe the drone strike on the former Quds Force leader near Baghdad International Airport last Friday has made America either “somewhat” or “much less” safe.

By comparison, only 24 percent of survey respondents said the killing made the U.S. more safe, while a little more than one in five said they don’t know if the country was more or less safe.

Ipsos further found that more than two-thirds of Americans believe Iranian-linked attacks on U.S. interests in the Middle East are more likely as a result of the Soleimani killing and its aftermath, with 63 percent telling posters they believe the likelihood of terrorist attacks on home soil has risen.

From:  US announces new sanctions on Iran after missile strikes

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilizing” activities in the Middle East as well as Tuesday’s missile strike, which came in retaliation for the U.S. killing of a senior Iranian general in a drone strike.

Mnuchin said President Donald Trump will issue an executive order imposing sanctions on anyone involved in the Iranian textile, construction, manufacturing or mining sectors. They will also impose separate sanctions against the steel and iron sectors.

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11 thoughts on “House votes to limit Trump’s war powers, Soleimani assassination rationale falls apart, and more news

  1. One of the things that concerns me regarding the current Congress is they are introducing and putting measures and policies and other actions into place with one primary thought in mind … Trump.

    Once he’s gone, how will these various actions affect future leaders?

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  2. I’ve read an exceptional book by Benjamin Ferencz called Enforcing International Law and I am ashamed and usually appalled by the pure arrogance displayed by the USA (and now this POTUS most of all) at several points in history when it comes to our own (solo?) actions of illegal military and/or political maneuvers, invasions, or back-channel support for death and violence around the world. We, China, and Russia are so damn powerful, untouchable, and inhumanely arrogant that in the International Courtrooms of war crimes and blatant violations of the Geneva Convention… no one holds us accountable, NOT EVEN OURSELVES!!! 🤬 And yet, when it comes to “other” lesser nations and leaders who behave the exact same way, we fucking HYPOCRITES go after them on a platform of International Justice. GIVE ME A GOD DAYUM BREAK PEOPLE!!!

    If this isn’t the behavior and posture of a typical, cocky bully on the playground of world affairs I don’t know what is. Why over the centuries and last several decades do we NOT HOLD ourselves to the same standard we hold our enemies and perceived enemies!? Huh? Riddle me that Republicans! 🤬

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    • The only way you would hold yourselves accountable is if self reflection was possible. It is possible for individuals but not for states. Your country will, as long as it remains economically and militarily powerful, shit all over the place until some country(ies) decide no more then hell will break loose

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      • Yes, states, corporations, churches, and other institutional organizations are not people so they are incapable of self-reflection. They are, however, comprised of individuals who are capable of introspection.

        I suspect that after the U.S. is gone from the world stage, the geopolitical vacuum it leaves behind will be filled by other powerful countries (e.g. China or Russia) who’ll shit all over the place just as prodigiously. History has proven that lesson time after time.

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        • While individuals are capable of introspection. Groups not likely so that’s why you find a difference between private and public morality.
          You are right that when USA is off the scene, there will be some other big guy to piss on everyone

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