Queen Pelosi is at the helm and we knew she threatened to use the 25th Amendment on Biden to put Kamala in the Presidency. That would make Pelosi Vice President since she’s next in line. She’s already got tons of power but she wants more. There’s likely to be some political posturing going on here since we’ve gone back to the business of politics. Trump was straight with you, as much as he could be. Now nothing is what it seems.
Biden on his way down
Both Democrats and Republicans back a resolution to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force or AUMF. This leaves out the AUMF done after 9/11.
Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Todd Young (R-IN) reintroduced this. Senator Kaine said, “Last week’s airstrikes in Syria show that the executive branch, regardless of party, will continue to stretch its war powers. Congress has a responsibility to not only vote to authorize new military action, but to repeal old authorizations that are no longer necessary. The 1991 and 2002 AUMFs that underpinned the war against Iraq need to be taken off the books to prevent their future misuse. They serve no operational purpose, keep us on permanent war footing, and undermine the sovereignty of Iraq, a close partner. I call on Congress to promptly take up this measure and for the Biden administration to support it to finally show the American people that the Article I and II branches can work together on these issues.”
Biden was probably told to do this
Because we’ve heard nothing from the press about Iraqi military bases holding US troops. Understandably, Jen Psaki defended him. “If we assess a further response is warranted, we will take action again in a manner and time of our choosing and we reserve that option. What we won’t do is make a hasty or ill-informed decision that further escalates the [situation] or plays into the hands of our adversaries.”
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is a veteran and co sponsors the resolution. She said, “As a nation, we are long overdue to have a thorough and honest reckoning about responsibly exercising congressional war powers, which includes repealing outdated authorities like the 1991 and 2002 AUMFs. For decades, administrations of both parties have kept these authorizations on the books to justify military action in the region without returning to Congress to make their best legal case for the need for such action.”
Since it’s just Biden
And questionable mental capacities, it could be a way to just slow him down. The Declaration of War and Authorization of Force are two different things. Force is more likely to be used for national security than humanitarian reasons.
Biden still hasn’t done a State of the Union nor did he brief the Senators about Syria. He briefed the staff though, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) sat in on it. “I still need to be convinced that any president has the authorization required to take a retaliatory strike, especially outside of Iraq. I didn’t hear anything today that convinced me that there was justification that I’d apply to any administration.”
Kaine wasn’t impressed. He heard about this “on the news. I don’t think I should be learning about it that way.” Biden is a career politician. That’s dangerous right there. Kaine continued, “he should understand more than most—more than just virtually anybody—that the Article I branch has got to have a role here.”