President Trumps Illegal Wars | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


President Trumps Illegal Wars

In a speech candidate Trump delivered in Cincinnati on December 1, 2016 he said, “We will pursue a new foreign policy that finally learns from the mistakes of the past. We will stop looking to topple regimes and overthrow governments. Our goal is stability not chaos. “In our dealings with other countries we will seek shared interests where-ever possible and pursue a new era of peace understanding and goodwill.”

What happened Mr. President? Shortly after your election, you bombed Syria and sent an additional 20,000 troops to Afghanistan prolonging the longest war in US history. Not only have you failed us Mr. President, congress has also failed us in shirking their duty under the War Powers Resolution of 1973. It is a federal law intended to restrict the president's power to commit the United States to an armed conflict without the consent of the U.S. Congress. It says that the President can send U.S. Armed Forces into action abroad only by declaration of war by Congress, or in case of an attack upon the United States.

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, with a further 30-day withdrawal period, without a Congressional authorization for use of military force or a declaration of war by the United States. The resolution was passed by two-thirds of Congress, overriding the veto of the bill from President Nixon.

The War Powers Resolution has been violated many times by past presidents but none of these violations have resulted in any successful legal actions being taken against the president.

If Congress had truly represent their constituents by adhering to the War Powers Resolution, it may have resulted in stopping the U.S. from becoming one the most feared nations in the world because of its unconstitutional attempt to spread democracy and regime change even to democratically elected leaders of other countries.

Constitutional Issues

The constitution includes many checks and balances but the war power is probably the most controversial. Article I is clear in giving Congress the power to declare war and to federalize state militias, but Article II, section 2, names the President “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States.

There has been a debate for years by Constitutional scholars whether the position of Commander in Chief actually gives the President authority to open hostilities or whether it was merely a title the Founders conferred on the President.

A close reading of the Convention debates suggests that the framers intended to limit Presidents to defensive actions; not offensive. After World War II, most administrations, both Republican and Democrat, have broadly interpreted the notion of both defensive and offensive wars and have committed U.S. armed forces without congressional authority.

The Constitution’s language concerning this issue is “ambiguous” and more than one scholar has described the Executive war power as “vague.”

Comments

When called into service....

Ethan Allen and...

by a Declaration of War. The President is Constitutionally in command of nothing until Congress declares war. Virtually every President from Washington on down has violated that.

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