CONGRESS’ failure to limit the war powers of the US President means Donald Trump looks set to enjoy free rein to wage war on the barbaric Islamic State regime when he takes office in January.
The quote about Congress’ “failure to limit the war powers” of Trump comes from a source that never showed any concern about the “failure” to limit such powers of either Bush or Obama. The implication, even before Trump is sworn in as President, is that he may somehow abuse those powers.
The concern should be about how America can now salvage its respect on the global stage. Obama leaves behind a disgraceful legacy. He refused to do the minimum of even calling the global forces of jihad terror for what they are: Islamic jihadists who invoke their religion to justify their goal of establishing a global caliphate, and who pose a continuing threat to homeland security. Obama has emboldened the forces of jihad, as he has never developed any viable strategy to confront it. He has also strengthened it through his wrongheadedness about the war in Syria; through his Iranian nuclear deal that has so significantly strengthened Iran; and now by means of his final kick to Israel, in refusing to veto UN Resolution 2334. Yet Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and is on the front lines of jihad.
Trump may now have “few limitations” on his “ability to wage war,” but he enters office facing a grave threat to Americans from jihad forces who are indeed waging full-scale war on America (and other free nations), and who use any and all resources at their disposal to further their war aims.
“Congress leaves Donald Trump with ‘UNLIMITED WAR POWERS’ to destroy ISIS”, by Will Kirby, Express, December 30, 2016:
There are few limitations on the President’s ability to wage war because Congress has failed to update legislation on the use of military force.
Following the 9/11 attacks, a document, known as the ‘2001 Authorisation for Use of Military Force’, was introduced to allow George W. Bush and later President Obama to authorise military action against terrorists responsible for the devastating attacks.
The same legislation has been used to justify military involvement in countries all over the world, including Yemen, Libya and Afghanistan.
Throughout Obama’s second term, Congress pushed to limit the war-making abilities of the President after questions were raised about whether the US leader should be given so much sway on determining the country’s military activities.
However, Congress’ failure to act means President-elect Trump will soon be able to flex his military might against ISIS without fearing his plans will be scuppered by objectors.
Adam Schiff, a Congressman from California who is considered the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said: “You could easily see him wanting to ramp up the war on terror and take it to new parts of the globe.
“There are few limits on what he can do.”…