• Congressional Dems Waste Time Attacking Trump While Iran Threat Remains

    Surge Summary: The Democratic House of Representative’s resolution limiting President Trump’s ability to act against Iran is a worthless effort, intended to tag the Commander-in-Chief and score political points for the Dems. One Republican representative with particular authority stood up opposed to the measure. Meanwhile, Congress is not tending to issues that matter for the people.

    by Gary Bauer

    [Thursday] the House of Representatives passed a worthless resolution telling President Trump that he could not take out terrorists like Iranian General Qassem Soleimani without permission from Congress.

    Why do I say the resolution is worthless?  Because it was a purely symbolic, non-binding resolution with no legal impact.  In fact, at least one House Democrat, Rep. Max Rose of New York, opposed the measure precisely because it was meaningless.  Rose said:

    “Unfortunately, today’s War Powers resolution is a non-binding resolution that simply restates existing law. . . I refuse to play politics with questions of war and peace and therefore will not support this resolution.”

    Just like the impeachment fiasco, this is another example of progressives wasting time trying to score cheap political points rather than doing the people’s business.  But Pelosi’s resolution will be applauded in Tehran, where the mullahs are betting on Trump being restrained because of opposition like this.

    Nevertheless, there was heated debate over the resolution.  One statement that stood out to me was delivered by Representative Brian Mast (R-FL).  I recall first meeting Brian at a rally against the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.  He was then a candidate for Congress, and I pledged to support his campaign.

    Mast told his colleagues that Soleimani was a terrorist just like Osama bin Laden or al-Baghdadi.  He noted that Soleimani’s super IEDs were responsible for burning our soldiers alive in their Humvees, for blowing their arms and legs off, and sending our young men home totally unrecognizable to their loved ones.

    Mast said that we would have been justified in killing 100 Soleimanis for just one of our heroes he killed.

    Of course, many conservatives made similar arguments yesterday.  But they had much more power coming from Congressman Mast because as he stood to give those remarks, he wasn’t standing on his own legs, but on two artificial legs.

    Prior to his election to Congress, Brian Mast served in the U.S. Army and lost both his legs to an IED blast in Afghanistan.  As someone who literally sacrificed parts of his body for our country, Mast brings a much-needed perspective to debates about foreign policy and national security.

    I have no doubt that our country is economically and militarily strong enough to deal with Iran.  What I do worry about is whether we can overcome the moral rot that is so prevalent on the left today, with so many commentators and politicians sounding like apologists for the Iranian regime.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge. 

    Image: U.S. Army Staff Sgt. (now Republican Congressman/Fl) Brian Mast/ 2011;  Adapted from: VIRIN: 111227-F-NQ666-002.JPG; https://www.af.mil/News/Photos/igphoto/2000189399/mediaid/14253/

    Originally posted here

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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