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Iran conflict: Democrats want to slow Trump down – with Republican help


After the recent escalation in the Middle East, domestic pressure on the US President is growing. The House of Representatives Democrats want to limit Donald Trump's possible military action against Iran. A corresponding resolution ("War Powers Resolution") will be introduced to the plenary this Thursday, the chairwoman of the House of Representatives, the democrat Nancy Pelosi, announced on Wednesday (local time).

According to the government, the government will have to end any military action against Iran within 30 days if Congress does not agree with it, Pelosi announced the resolution on Sunday – a few days after the US targeted killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad. On Wednesday, Pelosi criticized the military strike as provocative and disproportionate. "The President has made it clear that he has no coherent strategy to protect the American people, de-escalate with Iran, and ensure stability in the region." She also accused Trump of not consulting Congress.

"The government must work with Congress to advance an immediate, effective de-escalation strategy that prevents further violence," said Pelosi. "America and the world cannot afford war." In retaliation for the killing of Soleimani, Iran fired rockets on two military bases in Iraq on Wednesday night. According to Trump, neither Iraqi nor US soldiers were killed, and even criticism comes from Trump's own party.The House of Representatives dominate Pelosi's Democrats, so a majority for the resolution is likely In the Senate – the other chamber in Congress – the project is likely to fail: Trumps Republicans make up the majority there. At first it remained unclear whether the House of Representatives should still vote on Thursday.

However, from the ranks of the republican senators there were also unusually critical words about the government's actions. Senator Rand Paul complained that no explanations for the escalating steps were provided even behind closed doors. There was a briefing with Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo, Defense Minister Mark Esper and CIA chief Gina Haspel, but Paul said: “There was no concrete information about the planned attacks. I haven't heard anything that I haven't already learned from the newspaper. None of this indicated that a specific incident was imminent. "

No new information, but allegedly veiled threats in the briefing Paul refers to the White House's statement that the strike against the top general was necessary to prevent direct attacks on US citizens and units.

According to the broadcaster CNN, Paul's Republican colleague Mike Lee was also far from convinced after the appointment. Accordingly, the senators had been made clear in the meeting that they should not question the actions of the government. Instead, the government asked them to "be good little boys and girls, just walk with them and not to publicly question that," said Lee, who was visibly upset. "I think that's absolutely crazy. It's unacceptable," he said. The government's disregard for the Senate was "un-American" and "unconstitutional". Senators Paul and Lee now want to join the Democrats' War Powers Resolution. In return, they were promptly attacked from their own ranks as unpatriotic. Above all, the Senator and Trump-Golf buddy Lindsey Graham strongly doubted the love of the two party colleagues for their own country. Paul described the attacks as "unworthy and out of the gutter".

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