If You're Wondering Why Trump Can Just Bomb Countries; Ask Obama, Bush, & Clinton

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Authored by Darius Shahtahmasebi via TheAntiMedia.org,

If you read closely between the warped headlines of the establishment media, you will eventually find the truth about Trump’s decision to strike the Syrian government: it was illegal.

Yet most mainstream media outlets clearly supported the strike. Many U.S. allies also supported the strike, including so-called peaceful countries such as New Zealand, which stated the strikes were a “proportional response to a specific incident – the chemical weapons atrocity.” New Zealand also said they would consider sending troops to Syria if the American government requested them.

Why isn’t the legality of Trump’s reckless move even on the table for discussion?

Is it because this is, yet again, no exception to the rule that — as history has shown us — the United States president has the ultimate right and authority to lead his country into war without congressional approval or approval from the United Nations?

How did this happen?

Following the wars in Vietnam and Korea, the War Powers Resolution was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate in 1973 as a means of curbing the ways by which the U.S. government could enter a war. Under the act, congressional approval must be obtained before the American president can commit the country to war. However, the fact that the president still has the power to launch a war for a 60-day period, following notification to Congress of the decision to commit U.S. armed forces to military action, still raises some questions regarding its effective application.

In 1999, under the presidency of Bill Clinton, the United States participated in NATO’s air war, which we were told was necessary in order to stop the Serbian ethnic cleansing campaign in Kosovo. (It is also worth mentioning that the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia exonerated former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic last year.) This operation did not have a resolution from the United Nations Security Council – one of two ways in which a country can go to war with another country (the other is self-defense).

Bill Clinton, a man who is often widely confused as some sort of humanitarian, also bombed a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant in response to bomb blasts at American embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Clinton’s decision to strike a vital facility that produced medicine for a struggling Sudanese economy killed thousands between the death toll from the strike and the subsequent number of people who could no longer receive medical treatment). The reason we don’t know the full horror of this atrocity is because the U.S. vetoed a proposed investigation into the crime.

In 2001, the U.S. also launched an invasion of Afghanistan in response to the September 11 attacks. This was done without a specific U.N. Security Council resolution at the time because many viewed the act as one of self-defense. Yet no one seems concerned with the fact that the U.S. attacked Afghanistan in response to an attack that involved no Afghans, at least according to the CIA. Yes, al-Qaeda had a significant base in Afghanistan, but it was the U.S. that put them there in the first place.

In 2003, the U.S. launched another invasion, this time in Iraq. This did have U.N. Security Council resolutions in reference to the events preceding the invasion, but not any resolution that authorized force. In fact, many members of the Security Council were very explicit about this fact, including permanent member France (which holds a veto power).

“We will not allow the passage of a planned resolution that would authorise the use of force,” the French foreign minister said at the time.

Knowing they would never get a resolution that would explicitly or implicitly authorize force, the U.S. invaded Iraq anyway. The U.N. Secretary General stated quite unequivocally:

“I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN Charter. From our point of view and from the charter point of view it was illegal.”

Fast forward a few years to peace prize laureate Barack Obama, who invaded Libya without Congressional approval in 2011. The U.S. war establishment downplayed America’s role in the Libyan war to try to justify its involvement yet conveniently missed the fact that America’s role was so integral it was deemed to be the “backbone” of any NATO offensive in the 2011 conflict.

Obama took these war powers further than any president before him. He waged covert wars and overt wars across so many countries that Bush and Clinton paled in comparison. In a six-year period, he bombed seven majority-Muslim countries. He also compiled a secret “kill list,” personally signing off on murders once a week. The weekly ceremony was aptly named “Terror Tuesdays.” During the tenure of Obama’s drone strike assassination program, he also terminated American citizens without trial.

Most notable, however, is Obama’s push to bomb Syria in 2013, which largely fell through due to mounting public opposition and even a lack of support from some of America’s closest allies. His proposal collapsed completely when Russia intervened diplomatically to provide an alternative solution.

Never one to admit defeat, Obama found backdoor access to bomb Syrian territory a year later when the terror group ISIS made headlines with the ruthless and barbaric havoc they were unleashing throughout Iraq and Syria.

Yet how much of this involved the domestic democratic process? Did Congress approve a bombing campaign in Syria? Did the U.N. approve America’s decision to bomb a sovereign country? Did the host country invite the American air force into Syrian territory?

The answer to all of these questions should be clear to anyone who has been paying attention. None of these actions have any democratic accountability. The only thing the Trump administration learned from this debacle in 2013 was not to give the public or the international community any time to respond and to immediately launch air strikes while eating dessert with Syria’s quasi-ally. In that context, Trump has expanded the war powers even further than Obama, who was at least subject to many domestic and international constraints at the time, whether intentionally or not.

In full preparation of these developments, Anti-Media released an article in December 2016 entitled “The War Powers Trump Is About to Inherit from Obama Are Scary as Hell.”

The warning has apparently fallen on deaf ears. The most terrifying aspect of this horrific reality is that this expansion of the presidential war powers has been manufactured on purpose because Congress has never taken any significant action against the president for violating the rules of war. As noted by journalist Glenn Greenwald:

“What happened to Obama as a result of involving the U.S in a war that Congress had rejected? Absolutely nothing, because Congress, due to political cowardice, wants to abdicate war-making powers to the President. As a country, we have decided we want an all-powerful president – one who can bomb, and spy, and detain, and invade with virtually no limits. That’s the machinery of the imperial presidency that both parties have jointly built and have now handed to President Trump.”

Let that sink in: the war powers have been designed to rest with the president. In our present circumstances, a president who orders raids deemed too risky by his warmongering predecessor says he will look Syrian kids in the face and tell them they can’t come to America. That predecessor just killed over 1,000 Iraqis last month in a ramped up operation that even the New York Times admits has “no endgame in sight.”

These war powers have been used, misused, and abused for decades, ultimately paving the way for Trump to do what he did last week: bomb a Russian ally directly without any democratic institutional authority – or authority from the international institution that supposedly governs peace and war – risking an all-out war with a nuclear power.

This isn’t a problem of Obama versus Trump or Bernie Sanders versus Hillary Clinton. The president has too much power, regardless of who sits on the throne.

Anyone who attempts to justify this power could realize how nonsensical and dangerous it is by replacing all references to the United States above to North Korea and seeing how that fits their worldview.

If one country can take these actions unilaterally, then so can others.

Is this the world we want to live in?

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ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

Trump is gong to get us all killed.

adamas's picture

Only those who live in major cities... move to nebraska or Montana quick

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Trump is gong to get us all killed.

 

Naw......he's not a REAL politician.

 

Does anyone have eyes on Obama? Word is he has a bunker in his house.

 

Why does he need bunker in his house?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

Why does he need bunker in his house?

Good question. After all, bullets of democracy are not as dangerous to health.

FrozenGoodz's picture

Must be really tiring bombing folks all week ... guy left work two days early back to Mar A Lago ... for some much needed golf ... remember the lazy black man golfing narrative Drumpf pushed ad nauseum?

 

Oh doesn't apply now ... roger

JRobby's picture

Congress is too busy arranging favors and disguising payoffs to be bothered with the tasks of running the country Constitutionally.

Just give the POTUS war authority and get back to "work".

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Congress is too busy arranging favors and disguising payoffs

 

Yup.....word is they're gonna right on repealing Obamacare.....just as soon as the checks clear.

 

Hopefully it won't suck as bad......but hell.......who knows?

greenskeeper carl's picture

I love the whole '60 days' number. How long have we had boots on the ground in Syria without a congressional declaration of war? We have whole bases there. Are the special forces guys wearing crocs or something, so they don't count as 'boots on the ground'? Might as well just stat putting crowns on these people's heads and just disband congress. Pountless pussies have handed over all their powers to the executive anyways.

barndoor's picture

Maybe when Trump speaks of making America great again, he means "great" relative to other, recently-bombed countries???

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beemasters's picture

I think more were wondering why Trump couldn't be the one to end the bombing of other sovereign nations. They voted for him, thinking at least he wouldn't just bomb other countries like the rest did.

RiverRoad's picture

Amazingly and apparently the American people voted for Trump to do exactly as he promised: Where applicable he is acting with no prior notification and he is attempting to actually win any and/or all of the endless wars we have been "fighting". 

While Obama fanned the flames in the ME and elsewhere for 8 years, Trump is attempting to put those flames out once and for all.  The guy is sticking his neck out.  It will be interesting to see whether he gets his head chopped off or gets to eat more dessert.

The_Juggernaut's picture

What has the Supreme Court said about the War Powers Act?  Nothing?  Then it has no meaning.  It's just an attempt by Congress to usurp the power of the Execitive branch.

N2OJoe's picture

Pray tell, what exactly is the win condition for these wars? How will we know when we've won? Most importantly, what difference does it make if we "win" or just fucking leave?

RiverRoad's picture

If we had just fucking left WW2 we wouldn't have won.

cheka's picture

distraction to protect obomba, rice from wiretapping

sleigher's picture

Constitutionally?  That is for the peoples government, not the plenary oligarchy / democracy that is the United States of America INC. in Washington D.C.  

Helix6's picture

Trump will never tire of bombing folks. He's found that he likes killing people. The scary part of this is that serial killers almost always escalate.

political_proxy's picture

Their common link:

Steven Seagal Is Above The Law.

...Steven Seagal is not a politician either.

 

 

Tyranny Abounds

MAAAHM's picture

It's there so that the prezes can get together and play Risk. Of course Obama prefers spades but the others prefer world domination 

N2OJoe's picture

Obama prefers to shit on the board so those evil white pieces who pay for everything get to live in equal squalor to the third world parasites they've been importing and uplifting since the game began.

Apparently thats called being "progressive."

Sirius Wonderblast's picture

To practice his sand-wedge indoors.

Whoa Dammit's picture

We voted for someone who represented himself as NOT another Bush, Obama, or Clinton.

canisdirus's picture

Who the republican party outfitted with their worst chickenhawks the moment they realized they had to actually have this guy as their leader. Trump the president is an empty suit rubber stamping the choices of the war machine. He's definitely not the candidate anymore.

lucitanian's picture

They (((the Zio-NeoCons))) won't let anyone near the power of the WH unless they have enough shit on him or her to blackmail and thereby control. That's why they counted on Clinton. The power of money and media has taken naive innocent USns down a road they can never escape because, by design, most are well trained to only look out for their immediate self interest. The words cooperation, empathy, unity, solidarity and sacrifice are all related to socialism or even worse communism in their propaganda addled minds, yet they will follow a controlled sock puppet down any rabbit hole to a wonderland of war, global chaos, state surveillance, lies, false flags and Fascism and then wonder how they got there. Again, and again, and again...., And they even think 9-11 painful, its not even 10 minutes of what has been inflicted on Iraq, Libya, or Syria. 

Like the CEO of United said; “We have not provided our [people] ........ with the proper procedures that would allow them to use their common sense,” . Doesn't it really apply to the entire population of USns who refuse to think because its uncomfortable.

ZHrnh's picture

well now we know what the j' in djt stands for: as if  djt really needs another thirty pieces of silver.

the donald hiimself stands for nothing, or at least nothing beyond an election. Turncoat Trump.

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

I'm sorry but that is no excuse, you have a brain of your own. It was up to you to discern whether the candidate known as Donald Trump, was an outright bullshitter, made promises he cannot meet, told the plebs exactly what they wanted to hear, played on the fears and bigotry of the plebs, or he was telling the truth.

The axiom....."You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps" should of told you all you needed to know about Trump. It did for me. There was no way Trump the fucking Zionist cunt and arse-licker of the Jews, would have turned out any different than he did.

 

Powerslaved's picture

Wrong. Bellevue, NE (Omaha) is home to Offut Air Force base and is high on the list of the first strike.

Pickleton's picture

Congrats on forcefully catching on to his sarcastic irony.  Guess what, Montansa ISN'T Full of nuclear silos either, so he was genuine when he said move there.

 

/rolls eyes.

J Jason Djfmam's picture

I would have liked to have seen Montana.

cowdogg's picture

Not Montana. That area in Eastern Montana and South Dakota is where the US silo-based ICBMs are located. It is targeted by Russian SS-18s that can take out an area the size of Texas.

Laddie's picture

The USSA is in violation of international law by being in Syria.
ONLY Russia was invited in by the lawful government of Syria.
The USSA is an invading army who has attacked the military of the lawful government of Syria.
Mr Trump did NOT ask Congress for authorization of bombing of a nation that the USSA is not at war with.

The LAW is a JOKE, a weapon used against those who are enmies of the (((DEEP STATE))).

This is what happens to a nation when they let (((THEM))) in:
Stanley Fischer: A Dual U.S./Israeli Citizen and Pro-Israel Activist as Vice-Chair of the Fed January 5, 2014 by Kevin MacDonald PhD emeritus professor of psychology at California State University - Long Beach

Jewish Neocon Treason in Iraq and now in Syria supporting ISIS! April 10 2017 AUDIO

Trump Must Fire Corrupt Zionist Kushner to Save His Presidency April 13, 2017 AUDIO
Dr. Duke and British author Mark Collett focused on the toxic role that presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner is playing in the Trump administration. Trump likes to surround himself with family because he values loyalty, but it is clear that Kushner’s loyalty is not with the Trump family but rather with the Jewish tribe.

Trump has allowed Kushner and Jews and their Sabboth goy from Goldman Sachs come in and steal the administration away from the middle Americans who elected Trump over the massive resistance of the Jewish overlords of media and finance. Now the Trump train is on the verge of running off of the rails. #FireKushnerNow

Mr. Collett’s new book, The Fall of Western Man is available FREE here

post turtle saver's picture

ask the people involved who pushed through the War Powers Resolution in 1973... where were all you whiners then when that went through? most of you were a gleam in your daddy's eye I'd guess... many were old enough to know better, but were too busy protesting instead of actually participating in the political process that would have stopped it from going through...

this one's on the Baby Boomers all the way... they thought they were fighting the man but it was just shadow boxing... instead they ended up being the fascist generation... take that label to the grave, losers... we'll be cleaning up after this and other shit you left behind for the next three generations if we can last that long...

WillyGroper's picture

@pts

you're absolutely right!

boomers could have stopped that bullet going thru JFK's head too.

JHC

post turtle saver's picture

they're the lamest generation I've ever seen... all talk...

post turtle saver's picture

oooo I'm sorry downvoter knuckle draggers... did that hit a nerve? truth hit too close to home? awww, poor widdle babies, you can crawl into your safe space with your kids...

canisdirus's picture

Hillary would have done a better job. We would have all been dead a couple months ago.

adamas's picture

Small hands = yuge terrific,  really yuge bombs 

illuminatus's picture

' Is this the world you want to live in?' 

No, but what choice do I have, really? 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Title: If You're Wondering Why Trump Can Just Bomb Countries; Ask Obama, Bush, & Clinton

My response: For 28 years, America has created a real mess. I see everyone bitch about President TRUMP without realizing he is trying to cleanup and end the crap created for the last 28 years. 

I just read many of the ZH comments and articles with utter amazement. O'foolish  Galations, who has bewitched you? 

Remember SUNDAY is resurrection Sunday (Easter). PEACE. 

GUS100CORRINA's picture

WillyGroper,

Ishtar is a pagan goddess of fertility. Did you know that? I certainly hope so. That is why I did not use EASTER! That is why the RABBIT is the idol during this time.

Ishtar is the Mesopotamian East Semitic (Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian) goddess of fertility, love, war, sex, and power. 

What were you implying by making this comment?

Christians are so STUPID when they say EASTER. It just befuddles the mind! 

Helix6's picture

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.  Trump is no exception.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

President TRUMP is appointed by GOD. Read Rom13:1-5 and 2Pet2:13-16

Helix6 ... Are you saved? I certainly hope so because HELL is HOT, DARK and FOREVER.

Helix6's picture

I've been "saved" more times than I can count.  Up until I got old enough to think for myself.

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----_- (not verified) illuminatus Apr 14, 2017 8:52 AM

"No, but what choice do I have, really? "

 

you can try to have your own country.

i dont think you know what to do but i see a lot of people complaining and i personally always tell them:

than what about having your won country

not that shabby aglo-kike empire with 20+ cuntries which are in reality one big conquered empire 

 

a country were you dont have INTEL and AMD

intel a jewish company based in usa having plants in israel

amd a jewish company based in israel having plants in usa

 

better have your own plant

no one will write you your laws in your country except of you yourself

 

same as they have a country in a country so you can do

Xena fobe's picture

We would have to run for office ourselves.  But we have no chance.  Most of our population just believes whatever the MSM tells them.