Qasem Soleimani was the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, an organization that has been blamed for widespread terrorism along with the killing of over 600 American soldiers. His tenure came to an end last week when he died in a U.S. airstrike at the Baghdad airport.
Naturally, Iran is furious and threatened the U.S. with “harsh” consequences. Instead of presenting a strong united front alongside President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is hurrying to make sure something similar doesn’t happen again.
On Sunday, the House speaker sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues urging them to support a new “War Powers Resolution” that would curtail President Donald Trump’s military authority — essentially, surrendering before Iran itself had even taken action.
Pelosi’s resolution “would amount to an effective surrender by signaling that the president had no congressional support for striking back against Iran, and imposing a new deadline for any military action that would give Iran greater freedom of action,” Breitbart’s Joel Pollack points out.
War Powers Resolution
“Last week,” Pelosi’s letter began, “the Trump Administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials. This action endangered our servicemembers, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”
After reminding the congressmen that “our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe,” she calls upon Democrats to support a resolution that “reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.”
However, not everyone on the left agrees with Pelosi’s assessment.
Dershowitz: “Trump acted lawfully”
In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, high profile attorney and life-long Democrat Alan Dershowitz argued that when it came to removing Soleimani, Trump did nothing wrong.
“While reasonable people can debate the wisdom of killing Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, there is little doubt that President Trump acted lawfully—under both domestic and international law—in ordering his death,” Dershowitz began.
“The president has the constitutional authority to take military actions, short of declaring war, that he and his advisers deem necessary to protect American citizens.”
“This authority is extremely broad,” Dershowitz explained, “especially when the actions must, by their nature, be kept secret from the intended target.”
Iran made a major move late Tuesday by firing over a dozen missiles at two U.S. military bases in Iraq. According to early reports, there have been no U.S. casualties. In a statement, a spokesman promised that the Pentagon will “take all necessary measures to protect and defend” U.S. personnel and allies in the region.