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The nerve of this narcissistic tangerine tinted, draft dodging coward. Considering a military option, when he ran like a little boy with soiled underwear when his name was called. Why are these gop paper tigers so tough with other people children

Bhaven87 @ 23 days ago

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So far, he's just gotten tough with fifty million dollars worth of cruise missles.

jc @ 23 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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#### the kids who are being gassed right.? That's cool

AMi @ 23 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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This is all on Obama and his limp wrist, cowardly foreign policies

AMi @ 23 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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No he asked Congress to vote for the approval for military action. They refuse to do their job. if his policy were so limp wrist how many foreign terrorist occurred in yhis country since 9/11.

Bhaven87 @ 23 days ago

Killeen, TX 76543, USA

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Ami, let them come to America, if you're so concern about their well being. I'm more concern about our kids dying over in foreign land, because this pos of a coward. trying to show how tough his cowardly lying ass is.

Bhaven87 @ 23 days ago

Killeen, TX 76543, USA

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Political grandstanding (which is what he was best at) is all that was. Obama had no problem acting unilaterally on more than a few occasions.

AMi @ 23 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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We need to minimize Russian and Iranian influence from that region and return it to pre Obama levels

AMi @ 23 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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No you really mean the two war that destabilizing the region, by killing Saddan Hussain.

Bhaven87 @ 23 days ago

Killeen, TX 76543, USA

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No keeping us safe from another 9/11 type attack is whathewas best at. killing terrorists on their home soil was what he was best at.

Bhaven87 @ 23 days ago

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Why oh why would we want to minimize the russian influence. The last time they were heavily invested in the region they spent a fortune. Then they went home with their tail between their legs.

jc @ 23 days ago

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Afghanistan is not that region

AMi @ 22 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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And the less influence Russia has anywhere, the better

AMi @ 22 days ago

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@AMI - bhaven is right. Obama asked for Congressional approval to attack Syria and they said no. Not just that, they threatened impeachment if he went forward. That's not limp wristed, that's checks and balances.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/255784560904773633

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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Also, how effective was the attack if they warned Russia (who passed the info to their ally Syria) so Syria could move out equipment ahead of time?

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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http://www.cnbc.com/2017/04/06/the-us-warned-the-russians-ahead-of-syria-missile-strikes-official.html

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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By all accounts it was quite effective. The airbase is practically destroyed. Minimal human casualties. Maximum political and emotional effect.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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Main runway mostly intact and we tipped them off before the strike. Only lost 9 planes. And potentially unlawful. Does distract from SCOTUS and the Russia scandal though.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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I dont think the intent was to destroy their Air Force. It was a message that theres a new cowboy in town. I think they got the message but only time will tell. But the talking points do push for the distraction angle.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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I'm anxiously awaiting the Republicans who threatened impeachment for Obama attacking Syria without Congressional approval to start moving ahead with impeachment proceedings. Any minute now.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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New cowboy in town that doesn't care about requiring little things like Congressional approval for attacking a sovereign nation that has neither attacked us nor have he declared war upon.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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*we All that Constitution pounding has been for show.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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That ship sailed long ago.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-04-07/can-the-president-attack-another-country-without-congress

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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I've often heard the requirement to obtain congressional approval before going to war. Let's examine that. The constitution doesn't specify this other than saying congress has the authority to declare war.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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But what does that mean exactly? Have we declared war on Syria? What does war mean in today's world?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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What constitutes an act of war?

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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And how does the war powers act play into all of this?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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Bombing a military base of a country you are not at war with sounds like an act of war. You'd be damn sure we'd consider it an act of war if some country bombed one of our bases.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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Is an act of war separate and distinct from a declaration of war?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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If that happened to is we would likely declare war on that country. But would that be automatic? Would we be required to declare war on them? I think we wouldn't be required to do so.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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I think they're different. What Trump did (and obama before him and Bush before him and Clinton before him) was certainly an act of war but not a declaration of war nor a commitment to war.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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In this day and age there's a difference between a cruise missle strike or a drone strike and boots on the ground. How are they distinguished when it comes to declaring war?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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Does the WPA grant the President some leeway in these kinds of actions? From what I've read, it appears so.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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WPA requires "a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces." For that leeway. That didn't happen.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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That's to "introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities". Is that the case here?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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Is there anything that dictates that congress must approve of any military action beforehand?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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I thought Obama decided to go before Congress mainly because David Cameron went before Parliament.

The Drew @ 22 days ago

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"introduce into hostilities": we attacked Syria's military. Why wouldn't they be hostile in return towards ours?

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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You know the are certain circumstances where unilateral action is allowed without congresses approval. Not an emergency here, and national interest is a stretch.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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Do you consider lobbing 59 cruise missles introducing United States Armed forces into hostilities? I'm not sure I would. And what are the certain circumstances where unilateral action is allowed? Where r they delineated?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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bmoron, did you use the same definitions for WJ Clinton?

H2O @ 22 days ago

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Was Congress get to provide approval for Libya?

H2O @ 22 days ago

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The question is, was congressional approval needed for Libya ? If so, where is that stated?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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Libya was scope creep for the original AUMF. ISIS is not al-qaeda, and Congressional approval should've been sought.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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As per what? What dictates that congressional approval is required for any military action? Is this really that tough of a question?

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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Obama argued that the fight against ISIS in Libya was an extension of the fight to against terrorists in general after 9/11. That's too broad of an interpretation IMO.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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That seems to be the universal answer. Silence. I don't get it.

Taco Bowl @ 22 days ago

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What silence? The Constitution is the answer. The president can't​ just decide on a whim to attack any country without justification.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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so why was Obama constantly attacking Yemen without provocation? .

H2O @ 22 days ago

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Same justification. Any country with ISIS would be an extension of the original AUMF targeting al-qaeda. Yemen is a hotbed.

Tjaden Froyda @ 22 days ago

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Did you forget they attack one of our ship in Yemen, and American Iman you're always crying about was orchestrating terrorist attacks from Yemen. If i have credible intel, no matter the country, i will authorize a mission to bring them to justice.

Bhaven87 @ 22 days ago

Killeen, TX 76543, USA

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Hysteria voted for this draft dodging pos coward, Clinton too was a draft dodger. He had sense enough not to be provoke like this asswipe, trying to prove how big his testicles are. He didn't have all this bravado when his number was called.

Bhaven87 @ 22 days ago

Killeen, TX 76543, USA

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Small, are you saying the constitution says congress must pre approve any military scullion? I haven't seen that in the constitution. Can you please provide the word age that dictates this?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Skal *

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Your evasiveness is telling. I'm not trying to fight you. I'm trying to have a conversation. Maybe we can all learn something here.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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You said the bombing was possibly illegal. What crime may have been committed?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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"sense enough not to promote",,,, how about Somalia? Afghanistan? Bosnia? Iraq (no fly zone)?

H2O @ 21 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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Bhippy, you obviously have no problems killing American citizens without a trial, but a trial is in the Constitution

H2O @ 21 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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My question is simple enough. Is it required for congress to authorize any military action? If so, where is that requirement spelled out?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Possibly illegal. Yes, that's what I said. Actual legal experts are wrangling about the legality of the strike. I'm sure you've read these.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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My answer is simple enough. I never said Congress must pre approve any military action. That's you attempting to put words in my mouth and I refuse to defend something I never said.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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My answer was that there are special circumstances when POTUS can launch an attack on another country without Congressional approval. These circumstances are in the WPA as we've mentioned in passing.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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There's more to it than just the WPA, hence the possibly illegal. It's not settled.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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The WPA requires congressional approval prior? Is that what you're saying?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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WPA "SEC. 3. The President in every possible instance shall consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situation where imminent involvement in hostilities..."

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Do you think "consult" means to get approval?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Also by illegal, you mean breaking a law. What law?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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"Congressional approval prior" When did I use the word prior? Try reading my words. I'm not defending something I didn't say.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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This is the second time you've tried putting those words in my mouth. Not once have i said pre-approval from Congress is needed by law. If you actually want to have a conversation, you need to stop doing that.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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I'm not saying you said that. That's my question for this conversation. Is congressional approval required for military action? If it is, where is this written? If it isn't, how is this recent action wrong?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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When I ask "is that what you're saying?" I'm asking you if that's what you're saying. If I say "you said" I'm saying you said.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I apologize if I wasn't clear enough.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I'm not looking at this as a "what I think vs what you think" kind of conversation. I'm hoping this can be an open conversation regarding congressional approval for military operations.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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What law? Maybe Article I, section 8, clause 11 - but that really depends on if an act of war against the military of a sovereign state is the same as a declaration of war.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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My answer was and still is that congressional approval is not needed for all military operations. It's my opinion that the executive has expanded their power to launch military operations unilaterally with minimal

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Legal justification. I think that the "vital national security interest" justification is incredibly broad, personally, and gives the executive basically carte blanche for military operations without checks or balances.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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"New cowboy in town that doesn't care about requiring little things like Congressional approval for attacking a sovereign nation that has neither attacked us nor have he declared war upon."

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I read this as you thinking he needed congressional approval. Am I incorrect?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Yes, that's my view. I think that attacking the military of a sovereign nation is a declaration of war against that nation The constitution says that requires congressional approval.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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We then discussed certain circumstances where the executive doesn't need to get approval before action (enumerated in the WPA). None of those conditions seem to apply to Syria, although an argument is being built

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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By Trump's team that it does, based on precedent from the last 30 years of expanding executive power and a Congress unwilling to reign in that power.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Not everyone shares my view that attacking the military of another country = act of war = declaration of war. I'd like to know what it is then.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Frankly, the mental gymnastics needed to explain how we're still in peacetime with a country after blowing up one of their bases and killing their soldiers unprovoked are worthy of a Gold Medal or three.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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how about protecting our troops? . there are 200-500 U.S. troops in Syria (left by Obama), that seriously could be affected by a chemical attack. . or do we wait to destroy them until we see dead Americans? .

H2O @ 21 days ago

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That argument could be used to justify any preemptive attack. NK has nukes. Are we going to take them out or wait until we see dead Americans? Repeat for every other bad group.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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the question becomes, "Does that satisfy executive action without Congress declaring war or Congressional approval prior to the attack?"

H2O @ 21 days ago

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We all know how well Congress can keep a secret, so that takes surprise element away. .

H2O @ 21 days ago

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That doesn't become the question at all.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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We have soldiers in NK? Is NK using nukes against its people? Where's the equivalence?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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H2O has a point. We have troops on the ground. Assad has used chemical weapons. Congress was consulted. Trump satisfied his requirements. Or so it appears.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I'm still not understanding. The Constitution doesn't say the president is required to get congressional approval for military action. Neither does the WPA.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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You've said he may have broken the law but are unable to provide exactly which law he broke.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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According to you were at war with Syria. What's the next step? Do you expect any ground to ground combat? And do you expect more bombings? Do you expect Syria to a strike us?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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None of which will likely happen. So what would that mean? The quickest war in the history of war?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Equivalence = preemptive strike justified by a potential threat.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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The Constitution is the law of the land. I gave you the exact clause that he may have broken.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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So "military action" is the verbiage of choice then. Whatever. We took military action against the military of a sovereign state, blew up their base and killed their soldiers.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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You guys are right. That doesn't sound like the start of a war at all. /S

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Why do you think none of that is likely to happen? Trump's promising more...

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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US Troops on the ground & use of chemical weapons on its people vs no US troops on the ground and no nuke use on people = no equivalence.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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The comstitution only states that congress has the authority to declare war. I guess this, like everything else, depends on your definition. What is a declaration of war and what is a war.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I think there's a difference between military action and a declared war. And this isn't a new debate. Only a handful of our nations wars have been "declared wars".

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Oh hey, I can play that game too! Troops on ground in SK in potential danger and more nearby in the sea, NK has been test firing balistic missiles and threatening to attack us "mercilessly".

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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WW2 being the last one. How many times since WW2 have we taken military action against a sovereign country?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Plenty of equivalence + actual threats against the US by an unstable dictator. Are we going to wait to attack until we see dead Americans?

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Playing a game? WTF?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I don't see any equivalence. As I explained. In country vs neighboring country. Actual use vs threatened use.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Anywho. The US has only actually declared war in 5 wars.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Geographic proximity similar. Syria is a big country. NK and SK, not so much. And we have a lot more troops at risk in and around SK.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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They've authorized military action on other conflicts. Apparently congress makes a distinction between a declared war and a military action.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Even if you don't.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Re threatened vs. actual use. The presumption is that since they used them against their own citizen, that they could use them against our troops (but haven't). That's basically threatened use.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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The WPA doesn't require congressional approval. Only congressional consultation. Big difference.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Although I don't believe the WPA applies in this instance.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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You always make this so personal. Why? It's not like I'm the only person in the country that questions the legality of the strike. I don't think it would've been lawful for obama to do it without authorization and I

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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BTW. NK and SK are over 85K sq miles combined and Syria is just over 70k square miles.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Don't think it was when Trump actually did it. People have been debating the legality of a unilateral millitary action without congressional auth since Obama's red line comment (since Congress refused).

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Personal? LMAO. I'm just trying to have a conversation on this. If u scroll up you'll see that you've taken your usual defensive positions when discussing anything with me. I'm just trying to learn here. Figure this out.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Reasonable people can and do disagree on it's legality. That's why i qualified is as "possibily illegal" from the start of this thread - it definitely hasn't been settled.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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I thought we can have a discussion. Throw ideas around. I'm not dead set on any outcome. I'm trying to see if any of those other people are accurate. Or if the ones who say it was legit are accurate.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Just wondering? What did I say that made you feel I'm making this personal?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Sorry, the phrasing i used was "potentially unlawful".

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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"Even if you don't"

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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It appears that you take a certain position and get insulted when anything is introduced that challenges that position. That's not a conversation. That's you sticking to your guns even if they are shooting blanks.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Like I said, I've heard over and over again that the President needs congressional approval to strike. I've never really delved into the minutiae of the topic. Until now.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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What I've found is interesting. In reality the POTUS has wide authority over the military and military actions. Nothing that I've found limits that with the exception of formal declarations of war which lie with congress

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Even if you don't stems from

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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"Not everyone shares my view that attacking the military of another country = act of war = declaration of war. I'd like to know what it is then."

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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"Get insulted when anything is introduced that challeneges that position" Get over yourself. Nothing you said was insulting. I'm not sticking to my guns so much as explaining my reasoning.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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You don't make a distinction. Congress does. Thus "even if you don't". Not personal. Basing it on your words.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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If nothing I said was insulting what are you complaining about me making it personal? You're not making sense and all this side talk is detracting from the topic.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Over 200 conflicts and only 11 actual declarations in 5 wars.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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That tells me there's a difference.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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And that goes for any President. Red blue or purple.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I've said it was potentially unlawful. that's been clear since the debate when Obama was considering it. That's why they were ready to file articles of impeachment if he was going to go forward without auth.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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I know that's what you said so I was trying to see where the potential was.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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If it was potentially unlawful when Obama was thinking about doing it, there is no argument that you can make that is going to make it less potentially unlawful when Trump did it.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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I believe the threat of impeachment was all bluster. Nothing new in congress.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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The "potential" was the same argument that was put forward then on the right that is now being put forward on the left (and some on the right, like Rand).

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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I don't know about you but I learned quite a bit in this conversation. Mostly that you're still a díck. LMAO! J/K (or am I?)

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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What's going on here?!

The Drew @ 21 days ago

Northwest Harbor, NY 11937, USA

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A simple question that our friend from Minnesota was having a hard time answering

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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What question did I have a hard time answering, exactly?

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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What law? I gave you the clause in the Constitution.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Scroll up.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I gave you that early on, so it couldn't have been that.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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The question of whether or not the president requires congressional approval before taking any military action.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I've answered that several times.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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#1 You know the are certain circumstances where unilateral action is allowed without congresses approval.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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#2 My answer was that there are special circumstances when POTUS can launch an attack on another country without Congressional approval.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Do I?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I feel like at least one of you guys needs a Snickers®

The Drew @ 21 days ago

Northwest Harbor, NY 11937, USA

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#3 My answer was and still is that congressional approval is not needed for all military operations.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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The WPA specifies introducing US troops into hostilities. I don't think this applies here.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Maybe a simplification will help. Do you think this recent action in Syria required congressional approval?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Depending on your answer, we'll take it from there.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Drew, what's your take on this?

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I've always been confused about it. It's like there's what the Constitution prescribes and what's been actually happening in practice. I guess the rule is the president only goes to Congress when he wants an excuse not to commit to military action.

The Drew @ 21 days ago

Northwest Harbor, NY 11937, USA

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I've given you that answer several times, too. Let me copy and paste my most recent response.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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"Yes, that's my view. I think that attacking the military of a sovereign nation is a declaration of war against that nation The constitution says that requires congressional approval."

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Seriously - you can't say I'm having a tough time answering these questions when I've clearly answered them directly several times as copied and pasted above. Maybe try reading my answers?

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Drew, he needs that snickers stat!

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Just saying that if you want to actually have a discussion, you gotta read my responses. I shouldn't have to repeat myself three to four times in every discussion we have.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Maybe you need to scroll up and re read this conversation.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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This isn't the first time you've claimed that I'm not answering followed by me copying and pasting my responses from earlier in the thread. Gets old...

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Actually you didn't answer. I asked. You didn't answer. I asked. You didn't answer. I had to pose the question just right. Anyone can scroll up and see the conversation. You're being a dick for no reason.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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And even then. You got butthurt because I stated you felt a certain way when you said you felt that way.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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Have a good night kid. Over 200 conflicts and wars and only 5 declared. No President has ever gone to jail for taking military action without the congressional declaration of war.

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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But maybe you see something congress hasn't seen in over 200 years. After all, you are skal. And NOBODY teaches skal anything. You can't learn anything if you already know everything. Good night gents!

Taco Bowl @ 21 days ago

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I actually did answer. Those were my 3 answers copied from earlier in the thread. You may not like the answer, but I directly answered all 3 times.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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I didn't get butthurt when you said "Is it required for congress to authorize any military action? If so, where is that requirement spelled out?" ANY is a key word there. I disagreed with your use of the word ANY.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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That's why my answer said "Special" in the next comment. Huge difference between requiring authorization for any action (ie every action) vs. special ones.

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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Awww...poor PLC. I don't know what you were expecting to teach me. The topic is unsettled. The experts don't have the answers - but you do? I'm not claiming to have the answers here. Just an opinion on an unsettled topic

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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And hey look, potentially attacking NK is all over Drudge. The Navy is moving in. But my comparison was a stretch...

Tjaden Froyda @ 21 days ago

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The navy & air force maneuvering is just a show of force, at this time. . sorta like "Hey, you fat little kid, look what I got for your ass, if you fùck up." .

H2O @ 20 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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But Trump going to wait for dead Americans before acting?

Tjaden Froyda @ 20 days ago

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The NK activity is certainly a purposeful maneuver, but one that so routinely happens that we can couch it in those terms without laughing on the outside.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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The same maneuvers have been conducted a few times in recent years. Each time there was the obligatory round of NK chest thumping about Western acts of aggression etc.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Well they like to do that so they don't have to talk about the starving people in the country

The Drew @ 20 days ago

Riverhead, NY 11901, USA

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Deflection and obfuscation...basic building blocks of totalitarian regimes. Control of the media is the ultimate goal of any such government, because manipulation of everything else becomes so much easier.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Oakdale, MN 55128, USA

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Wait...whose Government was I talking about? I don't remember.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Oakdale, MN 55128, USA

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Obamas government and his control of the media have nothing to do with this Lori. Please keep them out of the conversation.

Taco Bowl @ 20 days ago

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Right, North Korea. Not the U.S. Thanks for the reminder Taco.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/04/07/the-u-s-government-has-withdrawn-its-request-ordering-twitter-to-identify-a-trump-critic/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.5e0dab094fcb

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Present administration tried but failed in their attempt to uncover anonymous Twitter poster.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Also many prior and well publicized instances of selective media restriction in accessing the present administration. Can you point to anything similar in the previous administration Taco?

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Nothing at all

Taco Bowl @ 20 days ago

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http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/documents-show-obama-white-house-attacked-excluded-fox-news-channel/amp/

Taco Bowl @ 20 days ago

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Exclusion of access once to the Pay Czar. I agree Taco, it's certainly not an exclusion of access to POTUS or the daily White House briefing or anything. But it's something.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Regarding war powers of Congress vs. executive powers, I think this is a well thought out article: http://flip.it/xqPWeY.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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The line between what is effectively a police action and war can become extremely fuzzy. For example if the foreign action is via drone exclusively, can you say that U.S. forces were actually engaged? Or was it just machines?

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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404 error, Evil

Tjaden Froyda @ 20 days ago

Eagan, MN, USA

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remove the period from the link and it works.

Tjaden Froyda @ 20 days ago

Eagan, MN, USA

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I found it especially interesting that congress has only declared in 5 wars. Out of over 200 conflicts. Personally I don't consider this action a declaration of war. Not by the definition of war.

Taco Bowl @ 20 days ago

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He did notify congress as is required under the WPA. Which I'm on the fence over whether it applies or not.

Taco Bowl @ 20 days ago

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I haven't found any law that prohibits this action. Easy since I don't consider it a war.

Taco Bowl @ 20 days ago

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wouldn't Obama have effectively started the conflict (war) with Syria? After all he inserted U.S. ground troops to assist rebels opposing the government. .

H2O @ 20 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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following that, Trump could be excused totally for defensive actions for those troops. . i.e. he was defending Obama's legacy. .

H2O @ 20 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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I've been following this post. And I gotta rell you I've never felt so left out. I see this from a totally different angle.

jc @ 20 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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I can't think of a single reason for Assad to use chemical weapons. He is winning. He has the fire power to keep winning. We basically wrote off the rebel struggle in favor of a more concentrated effort against ISIS.

jc @ 20 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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I believe that it's much more likely that the gas was released by hit from an airstrike. It's also possible that a rebel faction detonated it wth the intent of bringing the US back into the fray.

jc @ 20 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Accidental release after airstrike or false flag are possible. If it was a false flag, it worked.

Tjaden Froyda @ 20 days ago

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The other strange aspect is the statement by Trump that seems to indicate that a few pictures of dying civilians caused him to reverse his recently stated Syria position.

jc @ 20 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Has he been under a rock for the last few years. Pictures of dying Syrians have certainly not been in short supply.

jc @ 20 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Maybe conventional weapons and starvation are the only acceptable methods of killing children. I guess you have to draw a line somewhere.

jc @ 20 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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chemical weapons are used solely in contravention of international law, jc, so yes: killing babies with a gun, bomb, or lack of water or food is ok. killing with a gas is not.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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That being said I agree the recent retaliation appears to be, effectively, nothing more than a personal whim based solely on horrible images on the tv.

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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I don't gather that there is a plan behind it. It seems to be a simple one-off. Yeah, that will show em! Or are we now into regime change?

Dr. Evil @ 20 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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@PLC - here's Congress using the exact same reasoning for Obama. http://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/87-house-members-sign-syria-letter-to-obama#sthash.ZQPZ0fqd.dpuf You should give them a call since you know better.

Tjaden Froyda @ 19 days ago

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They seem to think the war powers act applies to Obama's plan, and their rationale would fit for Trump's attack. Maybe you can teach them something.

Tjaden Froyda @ 19 days ago

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Maybe you're not really up on what happened. Turn on the news. Trump hit Syria with 59 tomahawk cruise missiles. One hit. Quite different from what obama requested.

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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A one time military strike is not a war. I don't consider launching cruise missiles engaging US Armed Forces into hostilities as per the WPA

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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But since you want to defer to the wisdom of congress, ask why they didn't declare war in approximately 200 military conflicts/acts in the history of this country. Give them a call. Let me know how that works out for you

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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So is it ok with you, Taco, that POTUS has, in every sense of the word, singlehandedly carried out an unprovoked act of aggression on another sovereign state?

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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And as for your justification that there are Americans in the country and therefore it's a matter of national security, that's just too flimsy because there are American citizens present in nearly every country on the globe, on official U.S.

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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government business, pretty much all the time. So using that as national security justification essentially amounts to POTUS gets to pick and choose freely.

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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1. Yes. I agree with the actions taken by the commander-in-chief.

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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Assad broke international law. It's up to the U.S. now to build support from everyone but Russia to take him out, or try and work with Russia to put the guy on a fúcking leash.

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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2. 2. The justification was H2Os but I do agree with it. The point being that there are soldiers on the ground. Not to be confused with the civilians working in embassies abroad. There's a difference.

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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But feel free to consider it a flimsy justification. If that's how you feel that's how you feel.

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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Are we at war with Syria? War 1) : a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations (2) : a period of such armed conflict

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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Personally, I don't see the Syrian military striking back at our forces.

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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It seems like Obama tried that international route and failed miserably

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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it was an act of war, though not reciprocated. Does that mean we are at war? I'd say not because Russia said, if we do any more of that, we'll respond...in other words, they're letting us skip this one.

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Stillwater, MN 55082, USA

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I agree. We're not at war. Thus no declaration of war. Thus no congressional approval necessary for this recent action. Anything further would depend on the specifics of that action. IMO.

Taco Bowl @ 19 days ago

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Haha, in the U.S. that may be true for all practical purposes. However, for the purposes you are discussing, I don't think whether or not it's a war is, ever was, or ever will be determined by the reaction to our act of aggression!

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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The intent of the Founders in empowering Congress to declare war was to prevent this very thing, actually. They wanted to prevent POTUS from singlehandedly deciding to enter a war. You can understand why.

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Otherwise POTUS could use the power of his office to attack other countries on a personal whim. Without a plan. Maybe get us all fúcking killed.

Dr. Evil @ 19 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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But then there's the issue of Congress dithering so it's difficult to weigh both sides. When is it a war? Well obviously if it's declared, then it's definitely a war but if undeclared at what point does it become one?

The Drew @ 18 days ago

Midtown, New York, NY

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And what is it good for?

Tjaden Froyda @ 18 days ago

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Haha

The Drew @ 18 days ago

Greenwich Village, New York, NY

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I think we declared war, really, I mean how else would you define it? If some country was offended by stuff happening inside our borders and decided to attack us, on U.S.soil and using government forces, would we consider it starting a war?

Dr. Evil @ 18 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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I'm thinking yes. If Syria/Russia responds in kind, then it's on and it's a war. if that is a possibility, which I think it is (though remote even at the time) then it seems to me we've declared war...even if no response and thus no actual war.

Dr. Evil @ 18 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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And so really, the conclusion is that we have now started a war, and maybe we won it already too. Is this the winning we were all supposed to get sick of?

Dr. Evil @ 18 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

7feb020fb3d3aa6cf2752031cf61da89

you all want to blame trump for starting a war with Syria, you seem to conveniently ignore Obama invaded Syria with ground troops ahead of Trump. . by your own definitions, Obama started the Syrian war. .

H2O @ 18 days ago

Fort Belvoir, VA, USA

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Yes and no. Obama had troops in Syria but they weren't targeting Syrian troops. They even mistakenly killed some Syrian troops, intending to strike ISIS But I believe this was the first intentional strike against Syria

Tjaden Froyda @ 18 days ago

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By your definition Bush 43 started this war, by killing Saddam Hussain. The only dictator that kept the whole middle east in check. ISIS are remnants of the Baath party, and the republican guards.

Bhaven87 @ 18 days ago

Killeen, TX 76543, USA

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Really h2o, the war on terror has been going on for three U.S. presidents now. I guess you could take your pick of who is to blame.

Dr. Evil @ 18 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

26e82c69bac3abe48cfce8aae262fda8

I was just thinking of something... Are we more nervous if Trump is handling things himself or if things are being handled by the usual string pullers..... Food for thought. And also what do we all think Hillary would have done?

The Drew @ 18 days ago

Maspeth, Queens, NY

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Hillary would have pushed for sanctions by the U.N. I trust that Mattis guy, I think he knows what's what. I vote for him as string puller.

Dr. Evil @ 18 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

7feb020fb3d3aa6cf2752031cf61da89

Obama put the first troops inside Syria and they are not only fighting isis, but also aiding the rebels fighting Assad. . Obama is to blame, the same as Libya. .

H2O @ 17 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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bmoron what is "my" definition? . you reference it, tell me.

H2O @ 17 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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I remember a bunch of conservatards around here complaining about Obama and how everything was Bush's fault, when was that ever going to end, etc. Well in actuality I still hold 43 accountable for a lot of the shít we're in now, in the middle east.

Dr. Evil @ 17 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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but you guys can't keep complaining about Obama forever. I do agree he was too mealy mushy in the middle east, and allowed what took root there to continue to flourish.

Dr. Evil @ 17 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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So: do something about it, or shut up forever. Like health care, which now we don't discuss (though it appears POTUS wants it to now). So far I'm not impressed.

Dr. Evil @ 17 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Acting out using the military because tv, plus your daughter is really really upset about it, is not a good sign imo.

Dr. Evil @ 17 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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You just said its ok to blame bush but not ok to blame obama? "I still hold 43 accountable for a lot of the shít we're in now," "but you guys can't keep complaining about Obama forever."

Taco Bowl @ 17 days ago

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Think about this.

Taco Bowl @ 17 days ago

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Its ok to blame the guy who left 99 months ago but blaming the guy who left 3 months ago is too much. LMMFAO!

Taco Bowl @ 17 days ago

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ok then, slappy.

Dr. Evil @ 17 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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That's as good a comeback as you could provide. All things considered. You might of well said "good point" but your chemically damaged ego would never allow that. Am I right Lori? No need to answer. LMAO

Taco Bowl @ 16 days ago

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Moaaaabbbbb

The Drew @ 16 days ago

Whitestone, Queens, NY

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Ouch

Taco Bowl @ 16 days ago

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We've dropped a lot of bombs. The headlines have been the same for almost 2 decades now....

AMi @ 16 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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Never one like this.

Taco Bowl @ 16 days ago

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I said that because you obviously missed the fúcking point, slappy. But then, I guess you figured I was directing something at you.

Dr. Evil @ 16 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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I'm glad you know your name when I call it, slappy. Just like my dogs.

Dr. Evil @ 16 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-s-may-launch-strike-if-north-korea-reaches-nuclear-n746366 Oh look, POTUS is thinking of another pre-emptive strike. Called it.

Tjaden Froyda @ 15 days ago

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Trump realized that he got some good press for bombing Syria. If some is good, more must be better. Big bomb in Afghanistan. Cool. More good reports. He's found a new toy.

jc @ 15 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Dogs don't just go wag themselves.

Tjaden Froyda @ 15 days ago

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He likes it when they make big noises and flashing lights!

Dr. Evil @ 15 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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It distracts him from negative horrible news media reporting fake news, such as visitors to the white house will now be kept a secret!!

Dr. Evil @ 15 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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weren't they before?

H2O @ 14 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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No, h2o though certain categories of visitors were kept off the public rosters and that was the source of bitter complaining by the right re transparency. POTUS has now rescinded the rule and said, they would comply with FOIA.

Dr. Evil @ 14 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Here's the rub: the white house is a residence and therefore not subject to FOIA requests!

Dr. Evil @ 14 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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(at least I think that is the justification, but I'm not 100% sure on that.) I am sure that the WH is not subject to FOIA. Obama's rule was voluntary disclosure of all but a few visitors.

Dr. Evil @ 14 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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So how is that swampy-drainy thing coming along, do you think?

Dr. Evil @ 14 days ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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The swamp drainers always seem to discover the swamp is actually a nice place to play.

The Drew @ 14 days ago

Northwest Harbor, NY 11937, USA

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Obama was court ordered .

H2O @ 13 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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Really! So, then, how is the current administration not breaking the law, h2o?

Dr. Evil @ 12 days ago

Stillwater, MN 55082, USA

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The court has decided that its protected as Presidential records, not private home records as Lori stated. I havent found where the court mandated the visitor records released.

Taco Bowl @ 12 days ago

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Sorry, speed read the article.... . Obama WAS NOT ordered to release the logs, quite the opposite, Court held they were protected presidential records and not subject to FOIA . . Although heavily redacted Obama chose to release as much as possible.

H2O @ 12 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

7feb020fb3d3aa6cf2752031cf61da89

Obama policy was for visitor log release with exception to national security, individual security, secret service request. . SO probably most responsible for redactions. .

H2O @ 12 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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jesus christ. This is still here. hahaha. Has the app. changed

don Pappi @ 12 days ago

Iowa City, IA, USA

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Hey don. A few of the old crowd are still here. This has become a very exclusive chat room. You may have to show a link to one of your old posts in order to remain.

jc @ 12 days ago

Yellow Springs, OH 45387, USA

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Don don don don!

The Drew @ 12 days ago

Yorkville, New York, NY

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DON !!!!!!

H2O @ 12 days ago

Spotsylvania, VA 22553, USA

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Welcome back

AMi @ 11 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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Who's Don?

Taco Bowl @ 11 days ago

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Don Mattingly, of course

AMi @ 11 days ago

Villa Park, IL, USA

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Oh!

Taco Bowl @ 11 days ago

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don = liberal as all get out, think non-racist bhippy, or Skal as an African American, actually not bad to debate. he does get excited once in awhile .

H2O @ 11 days ago

Fort Belvoir, VA, USA

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what up!?

UndrWater @ 11 days ago

Los Bosques, Aguascalientes, Ags.

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Will there finally be a new war powers debate in Congress? It'd be in favor of that. http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5903601ce4b02655f83c9afb?section=us_politics

Dr. Evil @ 1 day ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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I know it's huffpo and all, but the article makes the observation that the Syria bombing was completely unrelated to Al Qaida, the subject of the 16 year old authorization.

Dr. Evil @ 1 day ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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Obama stretched that to include ISIS as an offshoot of Al Qaida, but there really is no connection in the case of Syria.

Dr. Evil @ 1 day ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

C767f03aeb282b9660d8157840047228

I think we would all like to see a leash put on POTUS' apparent belief that he can bomb other countries out of his personal (or his kids') outrage at their behavior.

Dr. Evil @ 1 day ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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...and with no actual plan behind any of it except, ok go boom now while I eat cake with Mr. China Man.

Dr. Evil @ 1 day ago

Lakeland, MN 55043, USA

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