The Week in War Powers News – June 19, 2020

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Helping Yemen Beat COVID-19 Isn’t Just Good Policy, It’s Good Politics

With so much attention in the United States being paid to the response, or lack thereof, to COVID-19 and recent protests that have taken our nation by storm after the murder of George Floyd, Yemen is once again being forgotten by mainstream press. But with news that an urgent U.N. appeal for assistance to the war-torn country came out $1 billion short, including a suspension in assistance by USAID, and reports of rapidly increasing cases of the novel coronavirus in Yemen, health experts fear there may be a convergence of crises that completely overwhelm the country. READ MORE.



We Need a War Powers Act Just for Trump

Regarding the June 11 op-eds by George F. Will, “A foreign policy of petulance,” and by Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, Zoe Lofgren, Hakeem Jeffries, Val Demings, Sylvia Garcia and Jason Crow, “The president is as lawless and corrupt as ever”:

The president needs “willing accomplices” to carry out his nefarious objectives. Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are not James R. Schlesinger or Henry Kissinger. They will not restrain this president. READ MORE.



In Iraq, a New Prime Minister Takes Stock of His Bloodied Land

From the moment Iraq’s new prime minister stepped off the Iraqi Army MI-17 helicopter for a tour of Mosul, the city most damaged by the Islamic State’s takeover in 2014, he plunged into a landscape of loss.

Everywhere there were wrecked buildings, communities shredded, and the shadow of “the disappeared” — people taken by the Islamic State and never found, and those killed or imprisoned by Iraqi forces or militias, whose families never learned what happened to them. READ MORE.