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The US Senate, long the lap dog of the man who would be king, President Donald Trump, appears to have finally remembered its proper constitutional role.

Last week, the Senate voted 55/45 for a new bipartisan War Powers Act to constrain military action against Iran. The Congress voted a similar act. Both are designed to start returning the right to make war to Congress, as the Constitution clearly intended. The president is not the Warlord-in-chief in spite of what he thinks.

The Senate has been supine until now, intimidated by an unholy alliance of pro-war Christian evangelists and the Israel lobby, and over $100 million given to the Republican Party by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. Senators who dare oppose this powerful special interest risk their political futures. The lifting of limits on political contributions has given Adelson enormous power over Trump and his friend, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump has been very successful in intimidating and punishing those who deviate from his party line. All he lacks so far is a KGB-style secret police to enforce his demands. The current fracas over Trump’s efforts to undermine the prosecution of his ally, political low-life Roger Stone, is yet the latest example of the steady erosion of our democratic system.

Yet even Trump went too far with the murder of senior Iranian officer, Maj. Gen Qasem Soleimani, who had been invited to visit Iraq for peace talks by its US-installed regime. Americans, besotted by too many violent TV programs, saw this as a plus, but the rest of the world was horrified by the gangster act. It appears Trump & Co. were convinced to commit this murder by Israel, which had been stalking Soleimani for years.

Ironically, the US killed the most moderate senior Iranian leader who was in line to become the Islamic Republic’s leader. Israel has long had the policy of assassinating Palestinian moderates, leaving only the radicals alive. This allowed Israel to assert ‘we have no one to negotiate with.’

Soleimani’s murder was too much for eight Republican senators. This act of war was never approved by Congress, as the Constitution mandates. Better educated senators realized that Trump was pushing the US into a bloody war with Iran which, like the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, would have only one real winner, Israel.

These senators did the right thing. They arrested, at least temporarily, the decades-long shift to growing presidential dictatorship under the guise of war powers.

Think back to the 2003 Iraq War which was concocted by the Bush administration to justify a massive military intervention when, in fact, no real threat to the US existed. I know this because I was there and immune to all the official lies from Washington and London. A pack of lies, but the US still occupies Iraq.

ORDER IT NOW

The ‘imminent threat’ scenario used by Republicans to promote warlike acts, such as the murder of Maj. Gen. Soleimani, is bogus. Anyone can justify war by claiming ‘intelligence sources’ and internet chatter. Much of the intelligence the US gets from the Mideast is fake or twisted to promote other nation’s benefit. Washington was fed a farrago of intelligence lies and half-truths by its allies Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Israel to help promote the 2003 war against Iraq. Trump has used similar phony ‘intelligence’ to justify his Mideast militarism.

The founders of our United States intended Congress to be the premier arm of government. But our once powerful Congress has been bleeding power and authority – not to mention respect – since the Vietnam era. Serving in Congress was supposed to be a part-time job for educated landowners, not small-town lawyers from the rural Bible Belt.

But will this attempt by the Senate to restore some of its power and prestige work? Trump will almost certainly veto this war powers act and further intimidate Congress. Yet unless Congress makes a stand, our balanced system of government is truly at risk. Americans should at minimum draw the lesson never to vote power to a president and Congress of the same party.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:

    “Americans should at minimum draw the lesson never to vote power to a president and Congress of the same party.”

    Riiiight.

    Maybe there are a few Team Red and even Team Blue senators who voted “aye” for the Constitutional reasons suggested, not to score political points by opposing the current Warmonger In Chief. Maybe.

    But Congress as a whole is happy to let the President direct the imperialism abroad, and the courts tackle the hot potato social issues, so it can grandstand with hearings and after-the-scandal legislation written by lobbyists.

    Mr. Margolis’s implication that the GOP alone wants the wars and can be reined in by Democrats is just another flavor of Establishment propaganda to keep low information people voting.

    • Agree: Liza
  2. Alistair says:

    Trump will veto this resolution; sending Senators back to chasing their own tails for another six months; because two-thirds of votes in the Republican-controlled Senate would have been needed to override Trump’s veto power, and Mitch McConnell knows that.

    This is just another GOP’s “Gamesmanship” — if Republican Senators really wanted to curb the power of President, then two third of the Republican-run Senate would have voted for the Iran-War resolution, thus eliminating any possibility of a Veto by the rogue President in the White House — This is just another Gamesmanship by Mitch McConnell who thinks people are a bunch of stupid citizens who keep electing him to the US Senate since 1984.

    Trump will certainly veto this, even for the fun of it — just to prove to the useless GOP Senators, how irrelevant they have become.

    • Replies: @lavoisier
    , @Curmudgeon
  3. What’s interesting here is that of all the most recent presidents Trump is the least war minded. Killary already stated prior to the election that she would war with Russia. And Obongo dropped bombs on countries every 20 minutes. That’s right, every 20 minutes.

    Don’t get me wrong, this is the right thing to do. But it’s interesting that such an action was taken because of a hatred of Trump, rather than out of moral principle.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  4. Jmaie says:

    The US Senate, long the lap dog of Presidents Trump, Obama, Bush, Clinton…

    FIFY. The good old US of A would be in far better shape if Congress were to remember they are an independent third branch of government, and not just some puppet supporter of/opposition to whomever is in the white house. They would do well to recapture (assuming it’s possible at this point) the prerogatives they are entitled to.

    • Replies: @Sweep the Leg
  5. melpol says:

    There’s a smart team in town and its the Trump family helped with the cash of Sheldon Adelson. Included is the smarts of the Trump cabinet as an addition to the genius of Donald. Together they are an unbeatable team and the best America has to offer. Commies and Socialists backoff!, King Trump will export millions of smarts to lead a blind world.

  6. But will this attempt by the Senate to restore some of its power and prestige work?

    The line between the scripted play and any action taken truly in the interest of the country and the world is becoming less and less discernible. My jury is still out on where this specific decision lies.

  7. Alistair says:
    @Genrick Yagoda

    It’s all about who is pulling the string; Trump’s personal preference is perhaps to avoid wars, unless the Zionist lobbyists insiste on it, then he will deliver, just as he delivered Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank, along with unconditional military, financial and diplomatic support for Israel at the UN — Trump will do whatever his Zionist masters and Israel desire, they’re pulling the string not the US Congress !!!

  8. Realist says:

    Both parties are factions of the Deep State…a charade is upon us.

    The Deep State doesn’t care about the unimportant internecine squabbles of the ‘two parties’ as long as their important issues are maintained. As a matter of fact it strengthens the false perception that there is a choice when voting.

  9. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Alistair

    This is just another GOP’s “Gamesmanship” — if Republican Senators really wanted to curb the power of President, then two third of the Republican-run Senate would have voted for the Iran-War resolution, thus eliminating any possibility of a Veto by the rogue President in the White House — This is just another Gamesmanship by Mitch McConnell who thinks people are a bunch of stupid citizens who keep electing him to the US Senate since 1984.

    Is there any evidence out there that Mitch McConnell is wrong in his assessment of the cognitive aptitude of the average American voter?

  10. @Alistair

    If Trump really wants to end foreign wars, why would he veto this?
    He is constantly being told that the US can’t leave places, like Syria, where it has no authority to be in the first place. Invading Syria was an act of war, and it wasn’t Trump who was responsible. Where was the Senate when the illegal war was undeclared without Congressional authority?
    Congress has had many opportunities, before Trump arrived, to do its job, but hasn’t. Does anyone really believe that US special forces aren’t already in Venezuela, or weren’t in Bolivia?

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Alistair
  11. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Puppet show.

    Doesn’t that clear things up?

  12. Alistair says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Please read my comment above; “It’s all about who is pulling the string” !!!

  13. Redpen says:

    These ramblings assume the congress is above the fray and not contaminated with Trump derangement syndrome. Today’s left wing congressmen are so radical they would thwart any reasonable request to use force against an enemy. There is very little “meeting in the middle” any more.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  14. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Redpen

    “ .. reasonable request to use force against an enemy ..”

    Could you provide any examples of what would have been such a reasonable request since, say, 1945?

  15. @Jmaie

    Glad someone fixed it. I’m continually blown away and deeply saddened by otherwise normal adults who still believe that this government is anything but a corrupt sham.

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