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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

On Thursday, House members adopted a war powers resolution by a 224 – 194 majority to prevent war with Iran without congressional authorization — members voting largely along party lines.

The 1973 War Powers Resolution requires a congressional declaration of war, or a national emergency created by an attack on the US, its territories, possessions, or armed forces, for the executive to deploy troops to engage in foreign hostilities.

It requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing forces to military action abroad. 

It prohibits them from remaining over 60 days, a further 30-day withdrawal period allowed. 

The War Powers Resolution ignores UN Charter international law — stating that Security Council members alone may authorize war by one nation on others, permitted only in self-defense if attacked, never preemptively.

Presidents, prime ministers, lawmakers, justices, and/or other officials of nations may not legally take this most serious step on their own — what the US ignored throughout the post-WW II period, waging wars of aggression on one nonbelligerent country after another.

The nonbinding House measure is likely dead-on-arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate. 

It’s symbolic alone with no power to stop hostile Trump regime actions against Iran, possibly including more assassinations of Iranian officials.

On Thursday, 43 GOP Senate hardliners co-sponsored a measure that praises Trump for assassinating Iranian General Soleimani — expressing support for war, disdaining peace and stability.

The measure “commends the president for ordering the successful operations to locate and eliminate” Soleimani.

It says the cold-blooded murder of a key anti-terrorism freedom fighter “represents a measure of justice and relief for the families and friends of the hundreds of American men and women who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan (sic).”

It falsely blames Iran for US war crimes in these countries. It shamefully called widely revered and respected Qassem Soleimani a “terrorist.”

On Wednesday, GOP Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee sharply criticized the Trump regime’s assassination of Soleimani without congressional authorization, Lee calling what happened “unconstitutional.”

He and Paul expressed support for the House war powers resolution that was passed Thursday to restrain Trump on Iran.

Neocon hardliner Lindsey Graham turned reality on its head, calling war powers legislation “empowering the enemy.”

Pompeo earlier lied, claiming the Trump regime needs no congressional approval for hostile actions against Iran — falsely saying the AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) provides a legal basis, what’s clearly untrue.

In his mid-week remarks, Trump stepped back from the brink of all-out hot war on Iran — while continuing unlawful hostile actions against the country and others.

Republicans overwhelmingly support his anti-Iran rage. So do hardline Dems. Others opposing him on this issue do it for political reasons.

Both right wings of the US war party are hostile to all sovereign independent countries Washington doesn’t control.

Republicans and Dems overwhelmingly support endless wars of aggression and/or by other means against these nations — why they rage in multiple theaters.

The US is a warrior state, a violent state at war on humanity at home and abroad, its criminal class bipartisan.

Iran is high on its list for regime change. If unsuccessful by economic terrorism, hot war could be launched one day — embroiling the region like never before if the US goes this far.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.