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Feature Article by Stephen Lendman
Pompeo Claims US Aggression Against Venezuela Would Be Lawful
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
According to Pompeo, US presidents have constitutional authority under Article II to preemptively attack other nations.
The article states the following: "The President shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States…"
Nothing in the Constitution gives the executive power to declare war — authority afforded solely to Congress.
It was last exercised on December 8, 1941 following imperial Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, never since then. All US wars post-WW II were and remain illegal.
Article I, Section 8 states: "The Congress shall have power…(t)o declare war" — not the president or US courts.
International law supersedes the above. Under the Constitution's Supremacy Clause (Article VI, Clause 2), international laws, treaties, conventions,
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