Sunday, April 9, 2017

House Elites: But, But, What About Us?

US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to the US Congress, informing them about the US missile strike against the Syrian Air Force base, and stating that the US will take additional action to further the country’s national interests, the White House said Saturday.

In a letter to the US Congress on Saturday, President Donald Trump explained his decision to launch an attack on the Shayrat Airbase in Syria, claiming he was acting to avert a “humanitarian catastrophe.”

Syria has been a humanitarian catastrophe for several years. A better response might have been to accept refugees.
"I directed this action in order to degrade the Syrian military's ability to conduct further chemical weapons attacks and to dissuade the Syrian regime from using or proliferating chemical weapons, thereby promoting the stability of the region and averting a worsening of the region's current humanitarian catastrophe."
Right. It worked so well that the Syrian army immediately deployed two bombers from the airport that Trump attacked.
The US strike came before the UN or the OPCW, the chemical weapons watchdog, could investigate the incident.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has called for a House debate on President Donald Trump’s missile strike against Syria, saying Congress has a constitutional responsibility to discuss the authorization of military force against a sovereign nation.


“The President’s action and any response demands that we immediately do our duty,” Pelosi wrote. “Congress must live up to its Constitutional responsibility to debate an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against a sovereign nation.”

Congress has a constitutional duty that entails more than discussing it. They're supposed to be the ones ordering it, not the president. They've been allowing the presidents since 9/11 to simply run endless war on the basis of an authorization in 2001 to go to war with whoever was responsible for or involved in the 9/11 attacks.
Pelosi voiced her support for Trump’s strike against the Syrian government on Thursday, calling it a “proportional response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons.”
And that's all Trump heard. The "but" after that means nothing.
The House is meant to be starting a two-week recess, but Pelosi wrote to House Speaker Paul Ryan to request a debate.
It's a hell of a time to go on vacation.
Paul Ryan has released a statement in which he called the airstrikes “appropriate and just,” but encouraged Trump to seek permission from Congress for further attacks.

“I look forward to the administration further engaging Congress in this effort,” he said.
Yeah, Ryan, Trump doesn't even like you. He's not likely to give a shit.

 ...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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