Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has announced that the House will soon vote on a war powers resolution designed to check the president’s use of force in the Middle East.
Last week, Trump ordered a sudden attack on a top-level Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani, surprising many top US officials and dramatically escalating the tense situation in the Middle East.
Pelosi penned an open letter to her colleagues on Sunday explaining the situation. “Last week, the Trump administration conducted a provocative and disproportionate military airstrike targeting high-level Iranian military officials,” Pelosi wrote, referring to a drone attack on Soleimani’s convoy.
“This action endangered our service members, diplomats and others by risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.”
Pelosi added, “As members of Congress, our first responsibility is to keep the American people safe. For this reason, we are concerned that the administration took this action without the consultation of Congress and without respect for Congress’s war powers granted to it by the Constitution.”
Many Democratic politicians have decried Trump’s sudden use of force without deeming it unconstitutional.
Trump’s slaying of Soleimani seems to have only made a martyr out of the general.
On Sunday, thousands of people in Iran attended Soleimani’s funeral procession, showing a level of national unity that was unthinkable in the totalitarian regime only a few months ago.
Where once the public showed resentment for the regime and protested their rule, now, the people of Iran are united behind a fallen national hero.
While Trump’s move was likely meant to project strength after protestors trashed the US Embassy in Baghdad, it seems to have only solidified an anti-US sentiment among the people of Iran.
Iranian leaders have vowed a decisive and violent response to the attack, which has only stoked the flames of war.
Trump’s own rhetoric has taken on an even darker tone, as the president vowed on Twitter to target Iranian cultural sites should the country retaliate. Such actions would be war crimes, but this didn’t seem to dissuade the president from making the threat in a public forum.