Mike Lee Is Right: It Is Unamerican Not to Debate Military Action on Iran

Mike Lee Is Right: It Is Unamerican Not to Debate Military Action on Iran


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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Alright, the temperature is definitely beginning to dip in the Underworld. And I’m certain that I spotted a piggy cruising aloft.

I have agreed with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), one of the most consistently conservative members of the US Senate.

But Lee is absolutely right. It is unamerican. It is also insulting and demeaning for officials from the Trump administration to use the guise of a classified briefing on military action against Iran to tell senators, in Lee’s words, “we need to be good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public.”

Not only is that insulting, it is patently absurd. It is specifically the job of Congress to debate matters of war. And yes, as much of that debate should be public for the benefit of the American people, for whom the Congress works.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has covered for, and enabled, Donald Trump far too much if he and his appointees feel that they can put Trump’s public relations image ahead of the constitutional duties of the US Senate.

Mike Lee is right. Indignant speeches and tweets are a start.

Now he has to do something about it.

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