Many Americans Say Killing Soleimani Made US Less Safe

Nato’s Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a media conference in Brussels

Nato’s Jens Stoltenberg speaks at a media conference in Brussels

The war powers resolution gathered momentum after a congressional briefing on Wednesday by administration officials seeking to justify the attack. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lee said comments in the briefing felt like being told to be "good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public".

"It struck me as the same kind of lies I was hearing 20 years ago, when I was a House member, about the war in Iraq", he said.

"Seriously warning about any further military adventurism against it, Iran declares that it is determined to continue to, vigorously and in accordance with applicable global law, defend its people, sovereignty and territorial integrity against any aggression", the letter added.

The Vice President made the same argument on Fox News. Meanwhile, the Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war. Sanders said she couldn't think of anything dumber than Congress asserting its constitutional powers.

President Trump yesterday called on other nations to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, calling it "very defective'".

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Zarif said on Twitter that Iran did not "seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression".

Both sides appeared to step back on Wednesday after Iran launched a series of ballistic missiles at two military bases housing American troops in Iraq without causing any casualties.

The Revolutionary Guard commander said the aim of the missile attack was to "strike the enemy's military machine and command and control center" and claimed that the main building of the US command center at Al-Asad base was destroyed by the Iranian missiles.

Trump used his speech to blame the deterioration in relations with Iran on his predecessor, President Barack Obama, who had agreed to ease sanctions against Iran in return for greater worldwide control over the nation's uranium enrichment program.

Trump's announcement that he is imposing yet more sanctions against Iran shows there is no shift in the US strategy, said Rand Corps' Kaye.

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In the early hours of January 8, Iran launched about a dozen ballistic missiles at the Ain al-Asad Air Base and Harir Air Base in Iraq that host USA and allied soldiers. The American president published a tweet with a stern warning to Iran, warning them of dire consequences if the country tried to counter-attack. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that only 15 of the 97 senators attending were able to ask questions before it ended abruptly. "We should have some expectation that the Shia militia groups, either directed or not directed by Iran, will continue in some way, shape or form to try and undermine our presence there, either politically or, you know, take some type of kinetic actions against us or do Lord-knows-what", he said.

Earlier this week, the Canadian military suspended its Iraqi operations, moving some troops to Kuwait.

The rockets were played down by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper to reporters on Wednesday. Although dangers of an immediate shoot-out with Iran has passed, the House is slated to take up on Thursday a resolution by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and senior Defense Department official, calling on the President "to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran" unless Congress declares war or enacts "specific statutory authorization" for the use of armed forces. The trouble is, as we have repeatedly argued, Congress long ago abdicated much of its war power to the executive branch.

The U.S. then killed Soleimani in a drone strike that also cost the lives of a senior Iraqi militia leader and others.

Trump said Islamic State presented an worldwide problem that other countries should help address.

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He then urged European allies and other world powers to follow America's lead in abandoning an global agreement on managing the country's nuclear ambitions.

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