Trump Plays With Nuclear War in North Korea While His Legitimacy is Unclear
The walls are closing in on Russia collusion. Yesterday Jason in the House found some religion finally and demanded Michael Flynn show the documents he filled out to justify taking money from Turkey and Russia after being part of the military.
True the GOP is slow-walking the investigation. But they won’t be able to hold it off forever. Americans want answers about whether our election was on the level and will keep demanding it. Chaffetz has clearly been feeling the heat.
So Trump is desperately in need of a diversion. What he learned from bombing Syria is that the one way to get himself some positive press is to drop bombs.
But dropping a bomb in Syria is one thing. As is dropping MOAB. Threatening military strikes with North Korea is quite another.
But this may end up being the only way to get the Russia probe out of the headlines-a nuclear war with North Korea. He has numerous times wished he could use them. But how does a President without legitimacy launch a nuclear war?
(4) And if the GOP thinks America will support Trump starting a war in North Korea when his loyalties are unclear, they should think again. pic.twitter.com/NK43Eki2bQ
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) April 25, 2017
Exactly right. We don’t want war with a nuclear North Korea but if such a thing were ever thinkable, it can’t be with someone who’s loyalties are in question.
In this vein, it’s very good news that Adam Schiff and Tim Kaine are demanding answers on the legal justification for Trump’s Syria strike:
“NEARLY THREE WEEKS AFTER ordering a cruise missile attack against one of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s airfields, Donald Trump has yet to explain how that was legal without congressional authorization.”
“Two Democratic members of Congress are demanding that Trump offer some sort of legal justification beyond off-the-cuff remarks from administration officials.”
“Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia and Rep. Adam Schiff of California sent a stern letter to the White House on Tuesday, warning that Trump could be setting a dangerous precedent for conducting pre-emptive strikes and risking war with major powers, while cutting Congress out of the picture.”
“Two days after the missile strike, Trump sent Congress a notice that he had ordered it and that he had the “constitutional authority” to do so.”
Kaine and Schiff wrote: “These assertions of authority do not provide Congress with the information it needs to exercise our constitutional responsibilities. Nor do they provide comfort to a public that fears deeper involvement in a horrific civil war at a time when the U.S. troop presence in the region is already increasing. The legal justification for an attack on the Syrian government is not an afterthought, but rather a first order consideration, and something that is vital for the American people to understand at the outset.”
But where the rubber really meets the road is on North Korea:
There is a reason @RepAdamSchiff is sending this letter today.
It's not because of Syria. It's likely because of North Korea. https://t.co/N6t43rKPe6
— …she persisted. ? (@leahmcelrath) April 25, 2017
“The authors also expressed concern that the Trump administration might take pre-emptive strikes against North Korea without consulting Congress.”
“While the President has the authority to use force to defend our service members and allies from an imminent threat, a preemptive strikes could easily spiral into a full-fledged war with a nuclear armed adversary,” Kaine and Schiff wrote. “It is precisely because the decision to go to war is such a momentous one for any nation that the Constitution provides Congress alone with the power to declare war.”
Schiff and Kaine are on very solid ground here. Remember the GOP-including Trump-insisted he needed Congressional authorization they then didn’t give him.
“Back in 2013, when President Obama was considering strikes against Assad in retaliation for using chemical weapons, Trump tweeted that Obama “must get Congressional approval,” and that it would be a “big mistake if he does not.”
If Obama needs authorization Trump certainly does with his itchy trigger finger and his lack of legitimacy.
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