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Republicans & Democrats agree: No war on Iran (without Congress at least)

RT | July 12, 2019

The House of Representatives has adopted the 2020 military spending bill, but with an amendment that blocks war on Iran without congressional approval – backed by President Donald Trump’s outspoken critics and supporters alike.

A bipartisan amendment to bar the executive branch from offensive action against Iran without explicit authorization from Congress was adopted with a 250-170 vote, with 27 Republicans joining the Democrats in support, and seven Democrats crossing the aisle in opposition.

Khanna made the point that Trump himself had campaigned against endless wars, but had advisers around him that were pushing him into a conflict with Iran.

“I believe he doesn’t want one,” Khanna said. After the amendment passed, he told reporters that it was “proof that opposition to war with Iran transcends partisan politics.”

Not surprisingly, the mainstream media outlets reported on the amendment’s passage as a rebuke of Trump by the Democrat-led House.

“The Democratic-controlled House votes to limit President Trump’s authority to make war against Iran,” said AP. “House votes to prevent Trump from entering an unauthorized war with Iran,” said the Washington Post. “The House voted to check President Trump’s authority to strike Iran by requiring him to get Congress’s approval first,” declared the New York Times.

Far from being a warmonger, however, Trump called off the strike against Iran last month – citing concerns over Iranian casualties – after Tehran shot down a US spy drone over the Straits of Hormuz. He has also opened dialogue with North Korea, ordered the US withdrawal from Syria, and his administration is currently conducting peace talks to conclude the 18-year-long conflict in Afghanistan.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton are considered hard-liners on the issue of Iran, as are many establishment Republicans in the House, including Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), daughter of George W. Bush’s VP Dick Cheney, one of the architects of the 2003 Iraq invasion.

“A Cheney wanting us to get into war? Weird,” Gaetz joked to Fox, when asked about her objections to the amendment he and Khanna had proposed.

Another amendment, seeking to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq, passed with a vote of 242-180. It was sponsored by Reps. Barbara Lee (D-California) and Justin Amash (I-Michigan), a former Republican.

The final vote on the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by a vote of 220-197, along party lines. It authorizes $733 billion for the Pentagon in the next fiscal year, some $17 billion less than what the White House asked for.

July 12, 2019 - Posted by | Militarism |

2 Comments »

  1. Finally….some sense has crept into the Congress….Now, how about a review of the Wars started without Congressional approval? Who was responsible for an unapproved war??
    And while you’re at it, RID the USA of Bolton and Pompeo, and save millions of young American lives in the future, from the psychopaths in the Pentagon, and upper levels of the American Administration……

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 12, 2019 | Reply

  2. In the Islamic world, fraught with sectarian conflict as it is in the middle east and where additionally that is promoted by Israel and the United States, what has been done to and continues to be done to the middle east and in particular to Palestine is well known. Not so in America. Purposefully.

    How the knowledge of the war upon, the theft thereof, the murderous expulsion of Palestinians, et cetera, how the knowledge of it, has had various responses. Some Arabic and/or Islamic countries have shown more care, sympathy and help than others. Iran–not an Arabic people but of Islamic religion–have long been sympathetic. That in itself has prompted animosity by the Zionist regime. Look what that animosity did to Iraq, for a long time a contention to this war by Israel on Palestine.

    The list of past and present atrocities perpetrated upon Palestinians is so overwhelming as to be staggering. And these atrocities are not publicized. Ignorance is strength… for Israel. What is censored won’t be known. Censorship ensures ignorance. Another strength… for Israel.

    But the knowledge of what Jewish-Zionist people have done, what has been aided and abetted by their protector, “mother colonial powers”, as it has been and continues to be, this is so much more known in comparison to what has been publicized in America, needs to be stated.

    And why? Because this ignorance is strength… to the Zionist juggernaut. It is a strength to foment divisive rivalry in the oil-rich middle east. It is a strength to have America in the control of Zionist Israel for so many reasons that this reply can not list.

    But consider one in the oil-rich middle east: who now has the oil and natural gas of the Golan Heights? Who gave a blessing to this theft? Whose military will back Israel as it now has taken this land? And whose youth makes up this military? Will it be sent to ensure the Israeli theft? Who will die in combat to insure it all?

    Who will benefit? Who will profit?

    Comment by michael | July 13, 2019 | Reply


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