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Whether at home or abroad, the Democrats will stop at nothing to handcuff our President in their incessant effort to stifle any progress that could be attributed to President Trump. The latest effort to stifle Trump’s attempts to defend American interests abroad comes directly from the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Following the strike that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, Pelosi is pushing for legislation that will effectively limit President Trump’s ability to act stating that all military actions pertaining to Iran must cease within 30 days if no congressional approval is granted. This pending congressional approval and the inevitable debate that would ensue will put American lives in danger.
Does President Trump Have the Right To Act?
President Trump has taken bold action in eliminating the Soleimani. Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Americans over the past decade. As a result, his death should be lauded. On the contrary, a large number of media outlets are propping him up as some sort of martyr while referring to upset Iranians as mourners.
As with previous Presidents who have taken military action to defend our interests abroad, the inevitable question comes to the fore, did Trump have the right to act? The War Powers Resolution, drafted by Congress in 1973, outlines just what a President can and cannot do when defending American interests.
The main concern when drafting this resolution was prohibiting any President from committing American forces to foreign conflict lasting longer than 60 days. Within those 60 days, the President has the right to act to ensure American interests are protected. Only after that time frame is up, does the President have to consult with Congress to obtain an official declaration fo war.
In Steps Nancy Pelosi
The oftentimes contentious War Powers Resolution has been in place for decades. Throughout that time many have debated whether or not prior Presidents have acted in accordance with this resolution.
We are now watching as Nancy Pelosi is attempting to curb the President’s powers as Commander in Chief. According to the War Powers Resolution, the President must notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days. Trump has complied with the requirement to notify Congress and we are nowhere near the 60-day window outlined above, therefore he is acting within the confines of the Constitution.
Sure enough, the 60-day window isn’t enough for the Pelosi and her deranged friends in Congress. Efforts are underway to draft a new War Powers Resolution or amend the current one in an effort to reduce the window from 60 days down to 30 days.
This effort will have drastic repercussions should the conflict between the United States and Iran escalate. If passed, the fate of our country and the livelihood of our soldiers abroad will be in the hands of Congress which should concern every single American.