Congress Resolution Gives President More War Powers


    Congress is inching America closer to war. A resolution introduced in Congress will allow presidents to dispatch US troops to fight in Ukraine in the event that certain boundaries are crossed. “Authorization for Use of Military Force to Protect America's Allies,” also known as “Authorization for Use of Military Force to defend America's Allies,” states that if the president finds that Russia has employed “chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons in the territory of Ukraine,” the president could call troops from the US military to intervene. 

    The objectives of such military intervention are to “(1) protect the national security interests of the United States with respect to Ukraine and (2) assist in defending and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine.”

    What can go wrong?

    It's not as if flawed US intelligence has ever brought the nation into a battle prior to this, apart from the explosive sinking of the USS Maine that started the Spanish-American War in 1898. Or, the Gulf of Tonkin incident that increased US engagement in the Vietnam War in 1964. Then there were the Weapons of Mass Destruction claims that drove the US into the Iraq War in 2003.


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