Yesterday, the US military killed top Iranian military leader Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a targeted assassination via drone strike in Baghdad, Iraq. This attack was no doubt in reaction to an attack on the US Embassy in Iraq that took place over the holiday. That attack, was in retaliation for an attack U.S. forces carried out on five Kataeb Hezbollah facilities in Iraq and Syria on Sunday. Those airstrikes were in retaliation for an attack on Dec. 27, in which an American contractor was killed and several U.S. military service members were wounded in a 30-plus rocket barrage on a military base near Kirkuk, in northern Iraq. Still following? Good.
In all reality, all of those attacks were in response to an attack that was a response to an attack that was a response to an attack that was in response to an attack. Those were all also in response to an attack. Get the picture?
Where are we now?
To put it clearly, we are at war with Iran. The media, the President, the pundants, are all warning of a potential war with the country, but isn't this already war? The one clear difference is that we are not physically attacking Iran's soil, but by all other measures, we are at war with Iran.
Since we are at war with another nation, I have one simple request - Ask congress, and the American people, for a declaration of war.
For all of their rantings about the overreach of the federal government, and the continued deviation from the U.S. Constitution, conservatives in America seem to pick and choose the parts of the Constitution they want to follow just as much as the hardcore leftists. Keep in mind that the Democrats have repeatedly used the Constitution and the ideas of the founding fathers in their impeachment of Donald Trump. Yet they seem more than willing to completely ignore the parts of the Constitution that they themselves find inconvenient.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the power to declare war, in the following wording:
[The Congress shall have Power] ... To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water"
Congressman Abraham Lincoln-(R) wrote in a letter to President James K. Polk in 1846:
"The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood."
Do we support a war with Iran?
The situation in the Middle East is complicated. It always has been, and it always will be. Regardless of it's complexity, one explanation holds true: "You can kill a man, but you can't kill an idea." - Medgar Evers
Short of carpet bombing Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan and even Russia- this is an unwinnable war. It has no end goal that has even the smallest possibility of working. Short of completely annihilating these countries, there is no winning solution in the Middle East.
Iraq and Afghanistan are countries, but they would would be better thought of as territories. These territories are occupied by innocent people, better though of as tribes that are unlucky enough to have been born into these regions. These territories are still considered "up for grabs" by the other countries in the region. What does America have to do with this?
While people like Ben Shapiro opine that we "have to fight them there, so we don't have to fight them here," it's not obvious that fighting them there is actually working. Actually, it's clearly obvious that the United States' mantra of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is obviously NOT working.
It's time for the American people to wake up and smell what the military industrial complex is cooking.