DECLARING WAR ON ISLAM
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Following 9/11, President Bush junior turned to Vice President Dick Cheney and said, “We are at war and somebody is going to pay”. Was that a declaration of war? No, it was incandescent rage and a promise of retaliation that took ten years to accomplish. So is Trump serious about the Islamic threat? The Left is certainly not.
Franklin Roosevelt signs declaration of war against Japan
US Presidents have been unwilling to declare war since both World wars. Vietnam, Korea and the Middle East have been politely known as “conflicts”.
Our Prime Minister (likely with Cabinet approval) and the US Executive can declare war on an enemy defined as Islamic jihadi States but the declaration must be approved within hours by the Parliament. Once that approval is achieved then Congress has control over war appropriations... and that’s what President Trump fears.
Constitutional arguments abound, but Trump could declare war on Islam and launch all out precision attacks from the Gulf on a hundred Islamic cells from Kabul and al Raqqa to Teheran and Tripoli.
Every nation has an inalienable right to defend itself but the Left defines the threat as a manageable one.
The problem then would be the pacifists back home, including many in the Republican Party, who would not approve of the Declaration of War leaving the Commander in Chief’s military forces exposed until the enemy’s undoubted retaliation puts the US in justifiable defence mode, but by then it would be too late, the ascendancy would have been lost.
The Democrats will hold off endorsing Judge Gorsuch, the ninth member of the US Supreme Court, so that the Constitution cannot be interpreted in Trump’s favour. Gorsuch's endorsement may not be achieved until late this year, if at all.
Military action undertaken by the United States throughout its history has been under Presidential order. Like most other powers, the President's ability to wage and operate war has evolved over time. The fact is that if war is to be declared and waged there is no time for negotiating with unreliable minions across the aisle.
But the US Constitution is not clear cut when it comes to declaring war.
So is declaring war an option for Trump? No doubt it has been considered and the Iran Nuclear Treaty negotiated by Kerry and Obama has made a world war closer than ever. Iran is now emboldened by US weakness and whatever is available to Iran is also available to North Korea.
Strange but the Pyongyang/Teheran alliance never has the media’s attention, maybe they don’t believe it exists. But it does... and no nuclear test is carried out by either rogue nation without the other nation’s observers present.
Trump is now Israel's new best friend
Iran has now promised the first nuclear warhead to be launched will land on Tel Aviv, and at the very first sign of US aggression.Trump will not be backing down, bringing Russia and China into the conflict with the Islamic caliphate confined to a small role.
The fact that US Federal courts and appellate courts can usurp the role of a President’s executive orders is astonishing when only the President might have intelligence regarding a foreign threat.
The only course open to Trump is to declare war on Islamic Jihad nations and dare the Congressional bed wetters to withhold funding. The Democrats are in the minority by a small margin in Congress but anyway, there is no shortage of bed wetters among the Republicans also.
Obama has left everything on a fuse so short that it will truly test Trump’s mettle.