“Congress has the sole power to declare war.” (Article I, Section 8 of the US Constitution)
The US War Powers Act was passed on November 7, 1973 over the veto of President Nixon in a congressional endeavor to check yearnings of US Commanders-in-Chief to wage wars. President Trump clearly ignored our constitution and the War Powers act.
Following a unilateral US missile attack on Syria, Sacha Llorenti, Bolivia’s representative to the United Nations denounced President Trump’s choice to attack Syria. There was no UN discussion over the Trump decision to attack Syria.
The Bolivian ambassador held up 2003 photos of Colin Powell who urged overthrowing Saddam Hussein because of his “weapons of mass destruction.” The Bolivian ambassador also chided US and UN delegates for failing to learn from history.
Hussein was a former CIA operative who rejected US plans for control of Persian Gulf oil.
April 9, 2003 – the “fall of Baghdad” was announced.
May 1, 2003 – President G.W. Bush, dressed in military attire, gave his infamous “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED” address on board the Abraham Lincoln.
September 22, 2004 – THE NEW YORK TIMES front page was dominated by President Bush delivering an address to the UN General Assembly asserting legitimacy of the Iraq war.
March 21, 2016 – There were over 5,000 US troops in Iraq. More troops were sent to fight in Mosul.
Don Monkerud is a California-based writer who observed “GOP voters forgot President Bush invaded a country unnecessarily, cost us $6 trillion, and bankrupted our economy.” (Z MAGAZINE, April 2017 p. 14)
After “the fall off Baghdad” and “Mission Accomplished” occurred in Iraq, unspeakable misery continues in a region where US and European domination has killed hundreds of thousands, causes unlimited war refugees as neophyte leaders like President Trump believe only force will bring peace.
The US embassy in Baghdad is the largest in the world (104 acres – size of Vatican City).
Historians know occupiers are hated by the occupied and occupiers must eventually leave, as the lesson was proven in Saigon (April 30, 1975). Trump and the generals sense the “Fall of Saigon” will be repeated in Baghdad, a history lesson President Trump, his generals and consultants are slow to learn.
Attacking Syria is a greasy slipway into expanded regional war with 15,000 nuclear weapons thrown in.
If all knew the language, culture, history of any foreign nation, would one nation attack another?
Does President Trump know US, Latin American or Asian history? No evidence so far.