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David French Explains Why Soleimani’s Killing Was Legal

One thing we actually agree on…

David French Soleimani Killing

I want to make one thing perfectly clear: I don’t like David French. He’s an arrogant, pompous ass who typifies the haughty attitude of the Never Trump, Conservative, Inc. crowd. It’s very seldom that I agree with French on anything, especially since President Trump came to town.

This will become relevant later on.

Democrats have spent most of the day blasting President Trump for the killing of Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani. Leftist attacks have alternated between declaring that President Trump is a buffoon leading us straight into World War 3 (again), and a bizarre insistence that the killing of Soleimani was not legal.

Why? Because President Trump failed to notify the Democrat-led House of Representatives that an attack was coming. The argument goes that any action against Iran requires an Authorization for the Use of Military Force. Trump’s failure to secure an AUMF from Congress means that Soleimani’s killing was illegal under the Constitution.

Nancy Pelosi herself issued a statement this morning criticizing President Trump on exactly those grounds:

“American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests.  But we cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions.  Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence.  America – and the world – cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return.

“The Administration has conducted tonight’s strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran.  Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.

“The full Congress must be immediately briefed on this serious situation and on the next steps under consideration by the Administration, including the significant escalation of the deployment of additional troops to the region.”

Let’s put aside the fact that Democrats likely weren’t alerted to the imminent strike on Soleimani because they would have warned Iran it was coming. The fact of the matter is President Trump’s attack on Iran’s rabid dog was perfectly legal. There was zero constitutional requirement to inform Congress or request their authorization.

To his credit, Never Trumper David French posted a short yet thorough Twitter thread explaining exactly why President Trump’s actions were perfectly legal.

Again, I absolutely loathe David French, but he’s right on the money with this. President Trump was under no obligation to inform Congress of the strike on Soleimani, nor was he required to seek their approval. In fact, it’s very likely that Congress would have refused any AUMF to strike against Soleimani because Orange Man Bad.

The fact that Democrats would respond to the death of one of America’s worst enemies by quibbling over whether or not it his killing was legal is extremely telling.

 
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