If the situation gets worse and the stability of the clerical regime is endangered, Ayatollah Khamenei has the power to overthrow Rouhani’s administration. Hardliners in the Iranian regime believe that self-reliance and resistance against the hegemonic powers of the West can solve Iran’s problems. Ayatollah Khamenei could decide that the best plan of action at this time is to remove moderates from power and install hardliners.
President Sergio Mattarella said Friday that the second round of government-formation consultations showed that the parties have not made progress towards the creation of a new executive.
In a briefing after Trump’s announcement, Secretary of Defense Mattis argued that the President relied on his Article II powers under the Constitution to authorize the strike. This is the same authority Trump claimed to authorize his 2017 attack.
“To see what is under one’s nose,” George Orwell wrote in 1946, “requires a constant struggle.” Orwell didn’t add that trying to point out what is under our noses can turn one into a kind of Ancient Mariner at whose approach both friend and foe are tempted to flee.
But here goes: Trump did not have the authority to order any kind of strike on Syria. Congressional authorization was needed before any use of force against Syria; Friday’s attack was unconstitutional.
Yet hours later, Trump did attack Syria ― without consulting Congress.
(12.4.2018) – President Trump jested about a constitutional amendment that would allow him to serve more than two terms as president today
– Suggested that Congress repeal the Twenty-Second Amendment so he could rival Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four terms in office
– FDR was elected to four, four-year terms but he died in office after 12 years
– Trump joked last month at a closed-door fundraiser that he’d like to be ‚president for life‘ like China’s Xi Jinping, who’d just greatly expanded his powers
– Comment set off alarm bells, because he’s also praised multiple authoritarians
Use of chemical weapons is horrific. But our Constitution does not allow @POTUS to attack a country–which has not attacked the US–without Congressional approval.
Later on Thursday Mattarella meets members of the centre-left Democratic Party and then has a meeting with the three parties of the centre-right coalition, the League, Forza Italia (FI) and Brothers of Italy (FdI).
The first day will finish with a meeting with representatives of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S).
(9.4.2018) Le Président de la République Emmanuel Macron s’est entretenu le dimanche 8 avril 2018 avec le Président des États-Unis d’Amérique à propos de la situation en Syrie. Le Président de la République française a condamné avec la plus grande fermeté les attaques chimiques le 7 avril contre la population de Douma dans la Ghouta orientale.
Le Président de la République et le Président des Etats-Unis d’Amérique ont échangé leurs informations et leurs analyses confirmant l’utilisation d’armes chimiques.