Gabbard, Case plan to support War Powers Resolution
WASHINGTON - Hawaii’s two members of the U.S. House of Representatives say the Trump administration did not fully justify last week’s attack that killed an Iranian general during a classified briefing Wednesday.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and CIA Director Gina Haspel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley were among the members of the administration detailing the attack that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. The drone strike, conducted in Iraq, followed an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad committed by groups the U.S. believes to have ties to the Iranian government.
“Walking out of that briefing, it last about an hour-and-a-half long, I walked away with vague comments and really no justification for the actions that Trump took,” Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) told KITV Wednesday evening.
Gabbard has been a vocal critic of “regime-change wars” and attacks like the one the Trump administration conducted last week. A 2020 presidential candidate and active-duty Major in the Hawaii Army National Guard, Gabbard has positioned herself as an anti-interventionist candidate on foreign policy.
She plans to support the War Powers Resolution in the U.S. House on Thursday. It’s the latest attempt by Democrats to rein in Trump’s military authority, power the administration is using citing laws passed shortly after the September 11thterrorist attacks.
“This is something Congress should have acted on quite some time ago,” Gabbard said.
Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) also plans to support the resolution. He left Wednesday’s briefing feeling like the administration was unable to justify and explain why the need to kill Soleimani was necessary in the moment. Case questioned what was the imminent threat.
“The consequences and the ramifications are broad,” he said of the attack. “They extend well-beyond Iran at this point.”
The House and the Senate each have similar War Powers Resolutions on the table. The House is scheduled to vote Thursday. Some members, including Case, are not mourning Soleimani’s death. They simply want Congress to have a voice in the decision-making process as defined in the U.S. Constitution.
“I may well have agreed with the president if I had all of the facts,” Case said.