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Wed May 15, 2019, 02:33 PM

EMBASSIES IN IRAQ BEING EVACUATED




NATIONAL SECURITY
Senators demand answers from Trump administration on Iran threat
Democrats accuse the Trump administration of taking reckless steps that could lead to war with Iran.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., called on the administration to explain to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee why it had decided to evacuate U.S. diplomatic missions in Iran.Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg via Getty Images file
May 15, 2019, 12:29 PM EDT
By Dan De Luce
WASHINGTON Senators from both sides of the aisle demanded Wednesday that the Trump administration explain why it had evacuated U.S. diplomatic missions in Iraq and brief lawmakers on the alleged threats from Iran that prompted the move.

Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on the administration "to immediately provide this committee with a briefing on the decision to order the departure of embassy staff, the intelligence on what Iran may be planning to do and any plans to go to war with Iran."

Speaking at a committee hearing, Menendez said there were only two reasons to evacuate the U.S. missions in Iraq: Americans working at the missions are at risk, or it is "in preparation for military action in Iran."

The senator said it was the committee's duty to help write laws to authorize the use of military force and to oversee the State Department and the safety of its employees.

"And yet the Trump administration has not provided any information to this committee on the intelligence behind their decisions and what they plan to do in Iraq or Iran," he said.




Menendez added that Congress has not authorized war with Iran and if the Trump administration was "contemplating military action with Iran, it must come to Congress to seek approval."


https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/senators-demand-answers-trump-administration-iran-threat-n1005951

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orangecrush Wednesday OP
Eliot Rosewater Wednesday #1
orangecrush Wednesday #2
Eliot Rosewater Wednesday #3
orangecrush Wednesday #6
Eliot Rosewater Wednesday #8
orangecrush Wednesday #13
Eliot Rosewater Wednesday #18
sinkingfeeling Wednesday #4
orangecrush Wednesday #5
Docreed2003 Wednesday #10
orangecrush Wednesday #12
superpatriotman Wednesday #7
orangecrush Wednesday #15
wasupaloopa Wednesday #9
orangecrush Wednesday #11
Honeycombe8 Wednesday #14
anarch Wednesday #16
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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:35 PM

1. I better not see ONE surprised comment here.

And I wish I could get back all the sky is falling and I am full of shit comments exposed when I said this TWO YEARS OR MORE AGO!

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:37 PM

2. If this kicks off


without congressional approval, is it time to impeach yet?

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #2)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:38 PM

3. Of course, but ANY impeachment will absolutely help the traitor. For multiple reasons

We are NOT in normal situation anymore.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #3)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:44 PM

6. I will trust our party leaders



while at the same time knowing that if they have miscalculated, the cost will be horrendous.

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #6)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:45 PM

8. And I love Joe, but I dont want him to be our nominee.

there

i said it

of course I will vote for him if he is

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #8)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:50 PM

13. What we want



at this time is of no importance in comparison to what we MUST DO - defeat Trump.

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Response to orangecrush (Reply #13)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:06 PM

18. And to beat him we have to figure out which candidate can do that.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:38 PM

4. They won't ask Congress' approval for anything. They are above the laws and

Constitution of the USA. Just ask Barr or IQ45's personal lawyers.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #4)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:42 PM

5. We will see



if this is a step too far.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #4)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:46 PM

10. This

We are seeing the "unitary executive theory" on steroids....

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #10)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:48 PM

12. Barr and Bolton


A marriage made in hell.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:44 PM

7. Perhaps a sternly-worded email

Or a concerned memo would do the trick.

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Response to superpatriotman (Reply #7)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:51 PM

15. Yeah



That's the ticket.


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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:46 PM

9. Will military commanders take part in a trumped up war? It is there duty to

to disobey an unlawful order.

I fear trump will use a nuclear weapon.

I am glad I am not in the Army like I was in Vietnam. I refused to fight in the war after six months. I was put on a permanent fence building crew.

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Response to wasupaloopa (Reply #9)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:48 PM

11. All unknown variables


in this hellish equation.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:51 PM

14. Menendez isn't the chair of the Foreign Relations Committee.

What matters most is what the Chair of the Committee says.

The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said a full briefing for the entire Senate was "in the works."


Looks to me like Risch knows. The briefing is for the entire Senate.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 02:58 PM

16. BOHICA, Middle East

they probably won't even bother with any kind of pretext this time; just start bombing.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:03 PM

17. I think the Mueller investigation proved they don't give a shit about Congress

They will just do whatever they want and by the time it has gone through the courts, they are done.

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 03:54 PM

19. They said militias had missiles in Iraq threatening our forces, nothing about Iran

We aren't going to war with one carrier, one patriot battery and 4 bombers, Bolton needs to stfu, he's the last anyone needs running his mouth right now

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Response to orangecrush (Original post)

Wed May 15, 2019, 04:56 PM

20. Extremely alarming.

We may be facing a redo of the Iraq War Resolution vote, if the Trump administration even bothers to follow the War Powers Act procedures.

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