To the Editor:
Our U.S. Senator, Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq (not designated by congress as a war) and also a severely WIA veteran, has said that although there is no question that Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani posed a threat to the free world, there is no question that the president does not have the authority to draw the U.S. into a war without Congressional approval.
Has Duckworth forgotten that in 2004 a former U.S. president, and not Congress, authorized her to go to Iraq and fly helicopter combat missions? Chuck Todd, host, of "Meet The Press," asked whether the threat from Soleimani was "imminent" no fewer than seven times. According to the Wall Street Journal, Monday, Jan. 6 on page A16, "If the threat to Americans from Soleimani was real, it doesn't matter under International Law whether the threat was 'imminent.' "
The traditional law of war couldn't be clearer on this point. If Soleimani was an enemy combatant waging war on the U.S., then the U.S. has every right to target him."
Since 1998, Solemani has commanded the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, (IRGC). In 2007, the Bush Administration designated the Quds Force a terror group. As the Quds leader, Soleimani had a mandate to export Iran's revolution across the Middle East. Roadside bombs, utilized during the Iraq war, were supplied by the IRGC, killing approximately 608 American soldiers.