Wow. Are we going to fight a war like we’re actually in a war? Treat an enemy that wants to destroy us like it’s an enemy that needs to be destroyed? What a novel idea! And no, despite what Obama told you to get reelected in 2012, al Qaeda is not all but defeated.
The U.S. military has opened a new front in the war against terrorists after President Trump granted new authorities for U.S. commanders to carry out air and ground attacks against al Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate in Yemen, the Washington Examiner reported.
The U.S. has conducted two days of airstrikes aimed at Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. The new, more aggressive posture comes after Trump gave U.S. Central Commander Gen. Joseph Votel expanded authority to order military action in Yemen, without prior approval from the White House.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the president granted the new authority at the same time he approved the Jan 29 special operations raid that resulted in the death of U.S. Navy SEAL Ryan Owens.
Washington Examiner columnist Byron York shows how President Trump is clearly within the law with his immigration order banning travel from seven countries where terrorist organizations operate. And he indicates part of what is animating the Seattle judge who stayed to order is the judges own opinion on national security matters. From the piece:
James Robart, the U.S. district judge in Washington State, offered little explanation for his decision to stop President Trump’s executive order temporarily suspending non-American entry from seven terror-plagued countries. Robart simply declared his belief that Washington State, which in its lawsuit against Trump argued that the order is both illegal and unconstitutional, would likely win the case when it is tried.
Beginning with the big picture, the Justice Department argued that Robart’s restraining order violates the separation of powers, encroaches on the president’s constitutional and legal authority in the areas of foreign affairs, national security, and immigration, and “second-guesses the president’s national security judgment” about risks faced by the United States.
Indeed, in court last week, Robart suggested that he, Robart, knows as much, or perhaps more, than the president about the current state of the terrorist threat in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and other violence-plagued countries . . . Perhaps Robart has been briefed by the intelligence community on conditions in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and the rest. Perhaps Robart has received the President’s Daily Brief. Perhaps not.