"Frickin' Illegal": Congressman Says Trump Has No Authority for Latest Bombing

In the wake of news that the U.S. military bombed forces allied with the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday, at least one member of Congress is voicing dissent by saying President Donald Trump has no legal authority to order such attacks.

“The situation that led to today’s strike is precisely why I warned against getting further entangled in the Syrian civil war without a clear strategy.”
—Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)”For the second time in as many months, the U.S. military has conducted airstrikes against pro-Assad forces in Syria,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). “The Trump Administration does not have congressional authorization to carry out military strikes against the Assad regime. Furthermore, the situation that led to today’s strike is precisely why I warned against getting further entangled in the Syrian civil war without a clear strategy.”

In a previous tweet, Lieu called the bombing “frickin’ illegal.”

And further explained:

Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, thinks the congressman is right on target.

“Rep. Lieu is absolutely right,” Bennis told Common Dreams in an email, “today’s airstrikes against Syrian government forces were ‘frickin’ illegal.’  They violate both international and US domestic law.”

It’s important to note, Bennis added, that is violation is nothing  this is nothing new when it comes to U.S. policy.

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