A bipartisan Senate amendment that would have prevented a war with Iran without Congressional approval failed today, after it was rejected due to the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in what was the longest vote in the history of the chamber.
A majority of Senators voted in favor of the amendment to reassert Congressional war powers, 50-40, but it ultimately failed to reach the 60 vote super-majority threshold needed for it to be approved by the Senate. Democrat and Republican Senate aides indicated to The Intercept that McConnell ordered the Senate parliamentarian to determine the measure as “not germane” so it would need a super-majority and therefore not pass.
The measure was proposed by a bipartisan group of Senators – Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), Tom Udall (D-NM) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) – to push back against a potential war with Iran as hostilities have increased in recent weeks.
The amendment would have barred funding for the war preemptively without specific authorization from the Congress. Republican leaders, including President Trump himself, claim authority to attack Iran based on precedents set by previous presidents who committed military actions without explicit Congressional approval.
President Trump ran against endless wars in the Middle East in order to get elected, calling the Iraq War the greatest mistake in U.S. history, and still continues to deride the military-industrial complex while in the White House.
“Well, I’m the one that talks about these wars that are 19 years and people are just there, and don’t kid yourself, we do have a military-industrial complex. They do like war!” Trump said during an interview on Fox News earlier in the year.
“You have people here in Washington, they never want to leave!” Trump added.
While Trump has maintained that he does not want war with Iran, there have been a series of provocative events including oil tanker attacks and the shooting down of a drone in recent weeks that have torpedoed any possible diplomatic solution.
Sen. McConnell, through his procedural tricks, has made it that much easier today for the U.S. to be dragged into another Middle East war that will squander blood and treasure for no clear national security purpose.
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John Bolton Completes Turncoat Transformation, Slams Trump White House For Delaying Tell-All Book
Bolton’s book is subject to a national security review.
Former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton bemoaned a national security review of his upcoming tell-all book when speaking at Duke University on Monday.
Bolton isn’t pleased that his book, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,” is being delayed while White House national security personnel thoroughly review it to ensure any and all classified information remains private. According to Bolton, the book’s been in review since December 30th, hardly a lengthy period of time to ensure that classified U.S intelligence isn’t released to the broader public.
According to Bolton, the process is censorship.
“I say things in the manuscript about what [Trump] said to me; I hope they become public someday. He tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?”
Bolton was fired as National Security Adviser for consistently trying to undermine the President’s America First foreign policy vision, instead preferring a neoconservative approach of regime change, globalism, and wide-ranging foreign intervention.
He’s flirted strongly with anti-Trump resistance liberals since his ouster, falling out of the President’s good graces and drawing his ire in presidential tweets.
For a guy who couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since, “begged” me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying “Don’t do it, sir,” takes the job, mistakenly says “Libyan Model” on T.V., and..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Bolton has claimed the White House are censoring him. He incorrectly believed the White House was blocking his access to his official Twitter account, when by all indications it simply appears he was unaware how to bypass the two-factor authentication needed to access Twitter from a new IP address after his firing.
It’s totally reasonable for Bolton’s profiteering book to be delayed for any and all considerations over classified information. The longtime neoconservative pundit will simply have to wait to cash in.
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