Sanders calls on Trump to come to Congress over Syria strikes
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 10, 2017,
Apr 10, 2017, 4:33
Activists in Murfreesboro protested President Trump's decision to launch last night's missile strike.
Kaine added that Trump didn't say the nation was under "imminent threat".
Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat and the state's lone member in the U.S. House, called al-Assad's actions a "crime against humanity and a clear violation of worldwide law".
Welch noted that US troops are on the ground in Syria and USA planes are conducting regular air strikes in the country.
"US forces also must strictly adhere to their obligations under worldwide humanitarian law and take all possible measures to protect the civilian population when carrying out military action, including by refraining from using internationally banned weapons, such as cluster munitions. Congress must get off the sidelines and do its job by debating and voting on his plan". Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. When we get sucked into a war, we do not know the unintended consequences.
Given all of this, Sanders reiterated that Trump needs congressional approval to take further military action on Syria, or any other country, for that matter, The Hill reported.
Leahy, a Democrat, said Friday that US military force should be used in self-defense or as part of a larger strategy in conjunction with global partners, and with the broad support of the American people.
"The Congress shall have power ... to declare war", meaning, only Congress has the Constitutional authority to begin a war.
He added, "If Assad is doing things wrong, violating worldwide treaties with an authorization we can try to deter him from doing it, prosecute him for war crimes, but I don't think we should say we're going to try to change your leader".
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders also urged the president to learn from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan "in which the lives of thousands of fearless American men and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians have been lost and trillions of dollars spent". "I'm deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of longterm military engagement in the Middle East. Also, may I say that when we have a collapsing middle class and 28 million people without health insurance, and an infrastructure that needs a trillion dollars of fix, that maybe we don't want to throw trillions of dollars more into perpetual, unending warfare in the Middle East".
Today on NBC's Meet the Press, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, questioned the legality of President Trump's use of military force in Syria without congressional approval.