House Democrats pass resolution to limit Trump’s war powers amid tensions with Iran

In a move that has become all-too-common, Democrats had another temper tantrum that masqueraded as a piece of legislation this week.

In a 224–194 vote, the House of Representatives passed on Thursday a War Powers Resolution intended to limit President Donald Trump’s ability to take further military action against Iran, according to The Hill. Like impeachment, however, the action was largely symbolic because the current power structure has rendered it dead on arrival — if not in the Senate, then on the president’s desk.

A mixed vote

According to the Washinton Examiner, the resolution seeks to “to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran” unless Congress authorizes it.

The resolution was passed on the strength of Democrat votes, but three Republicans joined the Dems, according to the Examiner. Eight Democrats joined most House Republicans in voting against the measure.

Speaking out against the move, Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Affairs Committee, called the measure little more than a “press conference” for Democrats, likely alluding to fact that the bill will undoubtedly die in the Republican-held Senate.

“I do not disagree that the president needs to come to Congress to authorize war with Iran,” McCaul said, according to the Examiner. “But that is not what we are looking at here today. We do not currently have troops engaged in hostility in Iran who would be subject to withdrawal under the resolution. The premise of this resolution is flawed.”

Pelosi changes her tune

Indeed, if House Democrats really thought President Trump had acted unlawfully when he authorized an airstrike outside Baghdad International Airport that killed one of the world’s top terrorists, Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, they would be adding on to the articles of impeachment. But even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) knows that wouldn’t fly.

After all, Pelosi is on record saying in 2011 that then-President Barack Obama did not need authorization to use military force in Libya. When Trump did it, however, it was a “provocative and disproportionate military airstrike,” according to the speaker.

“America and the world cannot afford war,” Pelosi declared Wednesday.

But the Boston Herald — hardly a right-wing source — noted after the Soleimani strike that it was Obama who authorized a whopping 542 drone strikes during his two terms in office, killing hundreds of civilians in the process.

In fact, according to HuffPost, a 2013 book about the previous administration reported that despite getting the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, Obama told an aide in 2011: “Turns out I’m really good at killing people.”

Where’s the outrage, Pelosi?

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