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The far-right administration of President Donald Trump is plowing over the government’s system of checks and balances, pushing through a blitzkrieg of executive orders in order to implement its extreme agenda. And at the top of the to-do list for the hawkish members of Trump’s cabinet is a decades-old warmongers’ dream: war with Iran. The U.S. is once again ramping up tension with the major Middle Eastern country, hurtling toward military conflict — with staunch bipartisan support.
Mere days before the far-right president officially entered office, in fact, a Democratic congressman quietly proposed legislation that would expand Trump’s already dangerously wide-reaching powers and give him more authority to wage war on America’s favorite bogeyman.
“Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution,” H.J. Res. 10, was introduced by Representative Alcee Hastings on January 3, just over two weeks before Trump’s inauguration. The open-ended bill would permit Trump “to use the Armed Forces of the United States as the President determines necessary and appropriate in order to achieve the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.”
“The United States must do all that is necessary to ensure that all of Iran’s pathways to obtaining a nuclear weapon are blocked,” the legislation stresses. It would provide only a minor restriction on Trump’s authority: Every…