[Ed. – Wouldn’t it look awfully bad to enforce the law for Trump when it wasn’t enforced for Obama under identical circumstances in 2013?]
Donald Trump launched an illegal war of aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic. The U.S. Congress would be acting well within its power by impeaching President Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and every other member of Trump’s cabinet who signed off on the illicit attack.
Constitutional law is quite clear on this point. Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress alone the power to declare war. Often referred to as the War Powers Clause, this section reads:
[The Congress shall have Power…] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
Friday night, the U.S. government–along with NATO allies France and the United Kingdom–fired in excess of 100 bombs and missiles at sites alleged to have been valid Syrian military targets. These attacks qualify as hostile uses of force and they are undeniably acts of war.
Trump’s acts of war in Syria were plainly not authorized by the U.S. Congress–a constitutional mandate. Nor was Congress consulted to provide a clear understanding of Trump’s aims in attacking Syria–an additional qualification mandated by U.S. Constitutional law.