"Strikes against the Syrian regime – without congressional input or authorization – shows a contempt for the U.S Constitution and is without legal justification."
Foreign policy experts, human rights groups, and anti-war activists all immediately and forcefully condemned the U.S. bombardment of Syria on Friday night after reports indicated the "illegal" attack on the sovereign Middle East nation had begun and President Donald Trump announced in a national address that he had ordered the strikes alongside French and U.K. forces.
"By illegally bombing a sovereign nation, President Trump has once again denied the American people and Congress any oversight or accountability in these endless wars." —Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)"Trump's decision to strike Syrian forces was impulsive, dangerous and a clear violation of domestic and international law," declared Jon Rainwater, executive director of Peace Action, in a statement. "This attack endangers U.S. forces in the region, and invites escalation from Russia, Iran and Syria."
According to the Associated Press:
Loud explosions rocked Syria’s capital and filled the sky with heavy smoke early Saturday after U.S. President Donald Trump announced airstrikes in retaliation for the country’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Syrian air defenses responded to the joint strikes by the United States, France and Britain. Associated Press reporters saw smoke rising from east Damascus and the lit-up sky turning orange for the blasts.
Watch Trump's address attempting to explain his decision—despite receiving neither authorization from the U.S. Congress nor sanction from the United Nations—to bomb Syria:
But the American Civil Liberties Union, without hesitation, joined those who said the attack on Syria was a clearly illegal act.
"This military action is illegal," declared Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project, after the U.S.-backed assault on Syria was announced.
"In the face of constitutional law barring hostile use of force without congressional authorization, and international law forbidding unilateral use of force except in self-defense, President Trump has unilaterally launched strikes against a country that has not attacked us — and without any authorization from Congress," Shamsi said. "Doing so violates some of the most important legal constraints on the use of force."
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif) decried Trump's decision, saying the "strikes against the Syrian regime – without congressional input or authorization – shows a contempt for the U.S Constitution and is without legal justification."
Lee added, "This is not a dictatorship. Congress, not the president, is responsible for debating and authorizing military action. By illegally bombing a sovereign nation, President Trump has once again denied the American people and Congress any oversight or accountability in these endless wars."
At the same time, Reza Marashi, the research director for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), explained how "tremendously dangerous" the situation in Syria remains and warned that Trump risks "throwing fuel on the regional fire" with strikes that could have severe consequences.
"Given that Iranian and Russian forces are closely embedded with Syrian government, there is a significant risk that any strikes will trigger retaliation and a bloodier, wider war with few discernible ways to deescalate the conflict," Marashi said.
As others have repeatedly done, he emphasized that a large reason "Syria is in ruins today is because nearly all actors have pursued military solutions instead of diplomacy aimed at halting the bloodshed. An eye for an eye approach will not bring justice or peace to Syria, and there is no moral high ground for those who respond to abhorrent violence with more violence."
According to Raed Jarrar, advocacy director for Middle East North Africa at Amnesty International USA, the Syrian people "have already endured six years of devastating attacks, including chemical attacks, many of which amount to war crimes."
Anti-war activists further questioned how the bombings ordered by Trump on Friday night would do anything to actually end the conflict in Syria that has been ongoing since 2011:
Late Friday night, the Pentagon held a press conference to address questions about the U.S. attack:
Professional LIARS....Sweden offered to investigate and the US blocked it at the U.N.
Now they are claiming that Russians are covering up the evidence
You can't have it both ways.
I'm thoroughly disgusted with the MSM, the politicians, and really don't want to even participate anymore in elections. WE HAVE NO CHOICES.
AS FOR THE REASON THERE ARE STILL CHEMICAL WEAPONS IN SYRIA....why doesn't Trump ask Hillary....she made sure they got there from Libya. Syrian Army has discovered tons of them held by the rebels
another honest military man was on Tucker again last night and said the reason the dems who were supporting this action was because they are globalists...Trump however ran on nationalism and has morphed into a globalist.
He also plainly stated there was nothing to gain by staying in Syria...in fact down the road it would be a disaster.
We are OUTNUMBERED....too many GLOBALISTS in both parties.
WHERE DOES TUCKER CARLSON FIND THESE PATRIOTS IN THE MILITARY AND HOW COME THEY AREN'T ON TRUMP'S CABINET?
If people can't vote any better than that why should the rest of us beat our heads against the wall? The choice we are clearly facing is where to immigrate to.
10 Safest Countries If WW3 Breaks Out
Would welcome you to NZ.
I won't mention the chemtrails, or the cows mycoplasma bovis disease,water pollution in most of our rivers, (a little taste below)
Newshub (2017) Special report: how polluted are New Zealand's rivers?
The health of New Zealand's rivers and lakes is undeniably a controversial and divisive subject.
This was on display in abundance when Environment Minister Nick Smith announced his '90 percent Swimmable Rivers by 2040' decree last week.
Dr Smith laughed off criticism of the plan, which is essentially to fence off all Kiwi waterways from livestock by 2030 and change the criteria of what swimmable water actually is, as 'junk science'.
We have had a change of government but they all sniff the same air in parliament and open their mouths and speak from the same sheet of paper !!!!!
But don't be put of by all that as we are a '''jolly''' lot down here in our grass skirts !!!
So much for that "Trump vs Deep State" myth.
Not sure yet how much of this is yet another ploy of his to stymy the Deep State players now being pursued. This President is crafty -- not necessarily innocent, but crafty -- so suspend judgment until real confirmation. In my opinion, we in the U.S. are engaged in a sub rosa civil war.
Yeah it's early yet but let's see if he makes further attacks on Syria and/or attacks Iran.Trump is praised for his belligerency to Syria/Russia and condemned for "appearing" to favor Russia.Looking to me like the Deep State is firmly in control.
I did find it curious that Putin had such a subdued response to the recent attacks.I would not expect that to continue.
There’s a devastating famine killing children Yemen right now, for example. The Saudis are causing it. Should we drop Tomahawks on Riyadh in response? Not until it’s on YouTube apparently. When you conduct foreign policy by viral video, pictures are essential.
Though President Trump campaigned on a platform of scaling back America’s penchant for nation-building — and previously scolded President Obama for attempting to intervene in Syria — his administration continues to insinuate it is open to military action and has previously indicated its belief that Assad’s removal from power is inevitable.
Amid a chemical weapons attack one year ago that lacked sufficient evidence to be definitively ascribed to Assad, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated the ultimate goal in Syria was to see Assad unseated from power, asserting there would be no political solution for the country if he remained in power.