War Powers Resolution

Will War Powers Resolution Nullify the Impact of Sanctions on Iran?

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After a series of incidents, which intensified the US-Iran conflict to the extent of possible war between both the nations, the House Democrats will be voting on the War Powers Resolution today.

If the Democrats-led resolution gets approved, it will curb President Donald Trump’s power to launch a military offensive without the permission of Congress.

Following Trump’s latest statement, many believe that the proposal may nullify the impact of sanctions imposed on Iran on global markets and the Middle-East.

“As long as I’m president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties… I am going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process,” Trump said.

The decision to introduce and vote on the war power resolution came after Iranian-backed militia attacked the US military bases in late December, leading to the death of an American defense contractor.

Speaking on introducing the war powers resolution, which Democratic Sens Tim Kaine and Dick Durbin co-sponsored, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “Members of Congress have serious, urgent concerns about the administration’s decision to engage in hostilities against Iran and about its lack of strategy moving forward.”

“Our concerns were not addressed by the president’s insufficient War Powers Act notification and by the administration’s briefing today,” she added.

The voting on the proposal could not be better timed, despite the easing US-Iran conflict. Even though it seems that the US and Iran are standing down after the latest incidents in recent days, Trump’s statement may overshadow the easing conflict and further strain US-Iran relations.  

His last night’s speech comprised of several unsubstantiated claims, although this is not the first time it has happened with Trump.

In his speech, Trump claimed that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon till the time he is the President and that he will be placing more “powerful” sanctions on Iran and asked the other participants of the Iran nuclear deal – China, Russia, UK, and Germany – to do the same.

During the speech, many political analysts noted that his tone was different than in his recent tweets. While the reason for the change in his tone may be due to the recent missile strike by Iran, his words have brought forward the unpredictability that comes with Trump and the need of war powers resolution to counter that unpredictability.

Also, his speech has forced many to contemplate the possible impact of imposing more “powerful” sanctions on Iran. Not only the global oil market or the world economy will face adverse effects, but the aim to achieve stabilized Middle-East looks even more far-fetched.

“Peace and stability cannot prevail in the Middle East as long as Iran continues to foment violence, unrest, hatred and war,” Trump said last night.

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