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In Letting Navy Sink Iran Boats, Trump Grabs Illegal War Power

At 5:08 a.m. (EST) on April 22, 2020, President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea."

Wags have mocked Trump for wanting to “shoot down” boats, which don’t fly. Infinitely more important is the heightened risk of war with Iran – and thereupon with Russia – if the military carries out Trump’s intent. Consider too his blow to the rule of law by –

Treading on Congress’s exclusive authority to declare war (Constitution, Article I, Section 8, eleventh paragraph).
Disregarding the United Nations Charter’s ban on the use or threat of force against any nation contrary to the UN’s peaceful purpose (Article II, Paragraph 4).

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dean_saor

Imagine if Khrushchev in 1962 had parked Soviet warships in the Gulf of Mexico to protect his missiles in Cuba and then threatened to sink any US ships "if they harass our ships at sea". What would JFK's reaction have been?

Why should the USA in the Persian Gulf, Iranian ships, and Ayatollah Khamanei be any different?

Or is the USA above international law and established codes of reactions between nations?

Am fear a thug buaidh air fhèin, thug e buaidh air nàmhaid.
He who conquers himself, conquers an enemy.

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