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Apr 12, 2018

What’s stopping Trump from declaring war?

Overnight, the president tweeted that Russia should "get ready" for "nice new 'smart'" missiles. Just what stands between Trump and all out war?

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis

Journalist

US President Donald Trump blithely tweeted about war again overnight. "Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria," he posted. "Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and 'smart!' You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!"

It was vintage Trump: barely coherent tough guy talk, charmingly unencumbered by traditional notions of what inverted commas are for and which Words Should be Capitalised.

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7 thoughts on “What’s stopping Trump from declaring war?

  1. RL

    Looking forward to the Trumpster declaring WW number 3 by tweet.

    1. Nudiefish

      This well may happen.

  2. Cruuze

    All one need to do is to look at the faces of the men in the top picture to know things around the world are in a really bad state of affairs.

  3. AR

    As Caesar did not say, “give me fat & bloated men, so bound up with delusions of adequacy, for they will always be prey to lean & hungry types” – cop the faces of those late middle aged men, it’s obvious that they’ve never know joy or pleasure in their cramped, constipated lives.
    And they don’t see why anybody else should not have to endure the same.

  4. 124C4U

    What will happen if the Ruskis do shoot down all the missiles?
    That would mean that the Ruskis have better weapons than the Sepos. Following on from that the land of the free and home of the brainless would go into full on panic mode. And from there where?
    Remember glasnost when the Ruskis declassified some of their weapons that the Sepos and the rest of the world didn’t know about. Those 600MPH rocket torpedoes
    and missile systems that shook everyone to the core?

    1. 124C4U

      Well!
      He did and they didn’t.
      So eat drink and be merry we live to panic another day.

  5. Lissa Johnson

    While this is true in theory, I’d respectfully suggest that in practice congressional checks and balances offer cold comfort. The war on Libya, for instance, was waged on false pretexts without congressional approval in 2011, as were further strikes in 2016. Now the country is a failed state, 1.3 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, African refugees are being sold in open slave markets, and nearly one third of the population has fled country.

    One thing that differentiates the current situation in Syria from that of Libya is that, with Russia on its side, Syria can fight back. On my assessment, this is what protects the Syrian people from US attack, not the War Powers Act or Congress. As far as impeachment is concerned, Trump has been threatened with impeachment for seeking détente, not for threatening war or bombing Syria, which attracts bipartisan support.

    https://www.salon.com/2016/09/16/u-k-parliament-report-details-how-natos-2011-war-in-libya-was-based-on-lies/
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2011/06/liby-j16.html
    http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-skeptics/obama-ignoring-the-law-libya-congress-doesnt-care-17257
    https://reliefweb.int/report/libya/unicef-libya-2017-humanitarian-situation-report
    https://fair.org/home/media-nato-regime-change-war-libya-slave-markets/
    https://www.thenation.com/article/trump-putin-detente-partnership-begins-as-russiagate-attacks-on-it-grow/
    https://theintercept.com/2017/04/07/the-spoils-of-war-trump-lavished-with-media-and-bipartisan-praise-for-bombing-syria/

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