CAN DONALD TRUMP BE TRUSTED IN THE VIRTUAL MINEFIELD THAT GEORGE W. BUSH LAID IN THE MIDDLE EAST, BACK IN 2003?

First, let me point-out that the Congress, which has sole Constitutional Authority to Declare War (Article I, Section 8), has not done so since December of 1941.  It has ceded such powers to the Administrative Branch ever since.  And, the War Powers Act, by which Congress supposedly maintains control over the Military, has been used primarily, as an excuse by Presidents, to usurp the authority of the Legislative Branch.

Donald J. Trump, has demonstrated, time and time again, that he is not a hands-on President.  He recently delegated the responsibility for sending an additional 4,000 troops into Afghanistan, to Secretary of Defense James Mattis.  The WPA resolution, which supposedly authorizes that additional force; however, has not been updated since 2001, when it was first approved.

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) recently said that “When I voted in 2001 to authorize military force against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11 attacks, I had no idea I would be authorizing armed conflict for more than 15 years and counting,”   Congress has, in effect, abrogated its responsibility as the only Branch of Government able to Declare War.  Clear guidelines must be required, including: a specific mission objective; an anticipated completion date; and the required troop and equipment requirements.

We still maintain several thousand American GIs in Iraq, which remains under a 2003 WPA resolution.  Quite recently, with the fall of Raqqa—ISIS’s assumed headquarters—there have been rumors afloat, about sending more military advisors, and even some ground forces into Syria.  So far, there has never been a WPA resolution, whereby Congress has authorized Military Action in Syria.  Keep in mind that, such action could put us face-to-face, with both Russia and Iran.

There have been other minor military interventions, such as in Yemen, eight days after Trump’s Inauguration. When Secretary Mattis was confirmed, on January 20, a special waiver was granted to enable him to serve as the Secretary of Defense.  Generally, a nominee for that office must wait seven years, following their separation from active military serve, and Mattis had only retired three years before.  By providing Mattis with the responsibility to decide on any increase in troop levels in Afghanistan, Trump has disregarded the intent of the Civilian Oversight of the Military!

Just recently, Saudi King Salman al-Saud appointed his 31 year-old son, Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, as the Crown Prince, and Heir-Apparent.  Prince Salman had been the Defense Minister, and the driving force behind the Invasion of Yemen, which has caused a significant number of civilian Yemeni deaths.  With King Salman reportedly in ill-health, Donald and the Crown Prince might be a much too dangerous pair!

Just consider the local wars in which we are already engaged—Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and perhaps Iran-Saudi Arabia, if that erupts.  Also, Palestine—with Israel’s nukes— would certainly get dragged into any such regional conflict!  Our two primary adversaries are still China and Russia.  So, let’s not squander our Treasury, lose too many good young men and women, and cause the American People to tire of war—just before the one(s) really matter(s) might commence!

This whole situation makes me think of a bunch of fearless firefighters attacking a wildfire. In this case, if they acted like Donald’s Pentagon, they would be putting-out individual trees, while losing the forest!

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  1. #1 by emotan77 on June 23, 2017 - 3:55 PM

    I doubt the Trump Admin will be able to avoid the “landmines”. ITEM: He has planted America firmly in the middle of age-old Bedouin(?) rivalries of stsb-your-enemies/friends/family-in–the-back with that same sword with which you participate in the “sword dance” with same people.

    What will get the Republican Party to stand up to this president?

    TOLA

  2. #2 by cheekos on June 23, 2017 - 4:59 PM

    Tola, as we know, money speaks! Corruption in America is as pervasive as it is elsewhere; however, it is just usually covered over, with the help of attorneys and other intermediaries. The GOP, in response to your comment, seems to put up with Trump, as long as he rampages down the same path they wish. So far, that party kneels and kisses his feet, because he has found the evil potion to blind the masses, as he sells his brand of “snake oil”.

    Americans tend not to be curious, and consider the various issues in detail. But, just like the bedouin sword dance, beware the politician who offers something with one hand, while preparing to take something larger away with the other. In essence, there is no such thing as a free lunch!

  3. #3 by emotan77 on June 23, 2017 - 5:14 PM

    Thanks, Cheeko. It’s unbelievable that native-born Americans who would, if asked, respond that they are “PATRIOTS” simply because they wear the Stars and Stripes on their lapels.Hopefully, when – hopefully – the train wreck finally comes, America would only have a surging China to pursue to regain her eminent position in the world.

    A country that used to be held in awe by even foes is fast becoming the butt of jokes even by nitwit tribal leaders in Medieval kingdoms of the Middle East.

    Thanks very much. Rgds,
    TOOA.

    • #4 by cheekos on June 23, 2017 - 7:02 PM

      TOOA or TOLA, what name do you go by? Or are your messages encrypted, and names ever-changing? HA!

    • #5 by cheekos on June 26, 2017 - 1:32 AM

      Tola, thanks again. Yes, Russia is descending; but, so too is Europe. And of course, DJT is only Making America Great Again in his delusional parallel universe. I agree that China is where our emphasis should be.

      Our former First Kenyan President (HA!) was smart enough to pivot two-thirds of the Navy, and a good bit of our Air Force, toward the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans. China, on the other hand, concentrates its activities in its own neighborhood. There’s very little land to fight on Asia, unless a nation is stupid enough to invade China, also the Korean Peninsula.

      We have a much larger defense budget than China; however, we are squandering it in these small regional wars in the Middle East. And now, The Obese One might be enabling a fifth one, around the Persian Gulf. WILL BLUNDERS NEVER CEASE?

      Tola. are you in Ghana?

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