The content below comes from the newsletter This Week in War Powers News, provided by the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy.
The Impact of War on Religious Freedom:
July 19, 2019
Join the Committee for Responsible Foreign Policy on July 19 for our Impact of War on Religious Freedom annual conference, co-sponsored by The American Conservative. Visit our website for the latest information on the event, including participating speakers.
Congressmen Matt Gaetz and Ro Khanna Introduce Bipartisan Amendment to Reclaim Congressional War Powers Authority
U.S. Congressmen Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and Ro Khanna (CA-17), along with 16 original cosponsors, introduced an amendment to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to prevent federal funds from being used for any military force against Iran without congressional authorization. Specifically, this amendment clarifies that neither the 2001 nor 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) can be invoked to justify the use of military force against Iran. This amendment must next be made in order by the Rules Committee and then it will be considered on the floor during the NDAA debate in July.
The full amendment can be found here.
The American Conservative: A Long History of Being Manipulated Into War
Robert W. Merry writes at The American Conservative:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there’s no question that Iran initiated the recent attacks on those two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The evidence, he says, is “indisputable” and “unmistakable.” President Donald Trump weighs in with the same degree of certainty. “Well, Iran did do it,” he told Fox News.
Maybe. But our past is screaming at us: don’t buy it; you can’t trust your leaders when war fever sets in and war prospects are on the rise. Consider the history surrounding the run-ups to the Mexican War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the Iraq war. Lies, misrepresentations, and manipulations abound in all those episodes.