Washington – Pelosi Warns Trump Against War In Mideast; Dems Demand Info

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    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., walks past Attorney General William Barr and  President Donald Trump during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Washington – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the U.S. must avoid war with Iran, and she declared the White House has “no business” moving toward a Middle East confrontation without approval from Congress.

    Pelosi’s remarks to House Democrats came amid growing concerns in Congress over President Donald Trump’s approach to Iran and mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf region over the administration’s claims of unspecified threats linked to Iran. Top leaders in Congress are expected to receive a classified briefing from the administration on Thursday, but Pelosi said the administration has resisted a wider briefing for all lawmakers and congressional requests for more information.

    “We have to avoid any war with Iran,” Pelosi told her colleagues, according to a person in the room, who was granted anonymity to discuss the private caucus meeting.

    Pelosi warned that the administration cannot rely on the last use of force authorization approved by Congress nearly 20 years ago for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since last week, House leaders have been asking for a classified briefing for lawmakers on the situation with Iran, but Pelosi said the administration indicated it couldn’t come together “that fast.”

    “They have no business declaring a war without the consent of Congress,” she said. “The very idea that they would say that they would use the authorization of the use of military force that is 18 years old” she said is “not appropriate in terms of its scope, its geography, its timing for any actions they might take.”

    The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also warned the administration against any action without approval from lawmakers.

    “Congress has not authorized war with Iran, and the administration, if it were contemplating military action with Iran, must come to Congress to seek approval,” said Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., in a statement at a committee hearing.

    Menendez said the Trump administration “has not provided any information to this committee on the intelligence behind their decisions or what they plan to do in Iraq or Iran.” He said he has “repeatedly reminded the administration” of its responsibility to brief the committee.

    Multiple sources said Wednesday that top House and Senate leaders of both parties — eight lawmakers in all — would be briefed by the administration. The sources were not authorized to discuss the matter and were granted anonymity.

    Thursday’s planned briefing for the “gang of eight” was scheduled after the U.S. ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq. The U.S. earlier moved an aircraft carrier and other resources toward the region.

    The administration canceled a separate briefing on Iran that had been scheduled for Wednesday with the House Intelligence Committee, according to people familiar with the situation.

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      • Pray tell, do you know anything at all about the war powers debates over the last 45 years? You appear to be one of those who instantly defends “the Leader” irrespective of context or substance…that’s just the kind of “Good German” unthinking relied on by populist demagogues the world over.

        • Now tricky yoni calm down with your german Hyperbole rhetoric. Its nonsense and silly just like your screen name. Its a very different comparison.

          For starters we hate Iran, and we support anyone who stands up against them. We are jews and care about our brothers in Israel. So of course we support our president on this stance. This is not some German blindness where we support a president going agianst us. We support the president bec its good for us. Now you speak about war powers debate and context. Well we don’t care. We do whats good for klal yisroel.

          Yes Nancy is stupid. You think after Russia and her debacle that trump cares?

    1. What is sad is that Pelosi doesn’t really care about whether US goes to war. Her only mission is to upset anything Trump does. She is one of the worst enemies of the executive branch of government in history.

    2. Who the hexx does she think she is telling the POTUS what not to do. She’s only third in line to the presidency plus no one eveer voted for her other than as a congresswoman, who the hexx does this macheshiefa think she is.

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