Mike Lee, a Republican Senator from Utah, is no liberal, but he lambasted the regime’s briefing to the Senate earlier today. And with good cause.
”Lee fumed that the officials warned against even debating legislation to restrict President Donald Trump’s authority to strike Iran — blasting their comments as “un-American” and “unconstitutional,” not to mention way too short.
“They had to leave after 75 minutes while they’re in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public,” Lee said of the group that gave the briefing, which included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and CIA Director Gina Haspel. “I find that absolutely insane.”
Just like the Bush administration did after the decision to invade Iraq: question loyalty and patriotism if there was any disagreement about this Iran fiasco.
WAPO gave more detail in its story, but some can’t get access, so here is more.
“The implication being that somehow we would be making America less safe by having a debate or a discussion about the appropriateness of further military involvement against the government of Iran. Now, I find this insulting and demeaning — not personally, but to the office that each of the 100 persons in this building happens to hold.”
“Lee said he found the idea that debate would weaken the cause “very insulting.”
The result of the briefing, according to Lee, was that he decided to support a Democratic-led resolution on war powers. “That briefing is what changed my mind,” he said. “I walked into the briefing undecided; I walked out decided — specifically because of what happened in that briefing.” (Rand) Paul took the same position.”