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kleinbl00  ·  263 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Time to balance/evaluate your news sources

It's not that simple.

If he's "General" Soleimani then killing him is an act of war. Under the War Powers Act of 1970 Congress had to authorize that killing. If he's Qssem Soleimani then he's a terrorist and killing him is within the authorization of the use of force of 2002.

There's wiggle room under both of those hypotheses but the real question is "should I feel mad about this" and every news organization is trying on different cloaks to see what sticks. You also have to keep in mind that every public figure every news organization interviews is also trying on the different cloaks so you've basically got a second order scatter plot that will eventually congeal into a couple-few different opinions at which point all thinking will be over. Arguing that now is the time to decide who to listen to is premature.

goobster  ·  262 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah... that's my "Republican hand-waving about war powers" comment.

It's irrelevant mechanical details that require an honorable person to be serving at the head of the Senate.

kleinbl00  ·  262 days ago  ·  link  ·  

At the level under discussion, all legal statutes are advisory anyway. This is why we all have to watch the battle of the talking heads: without credibility, the letter of the law doesn't matter a whit. With credibility, the letter of the law gives you cover. So I'ma stack my laws against your laws and my interpretations against your interpretations and before too long we end up with Neil Gorsuch.