Spurred by the ill‐advised killing of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani, the House of Representatives has approved a measure to restrict President Trump’s authority to strike Iran without congressional approval. The resolution now goes to the Senate, where a vote is likely in the next few days. “No one fallible human being should be entrusted with the war powers now vested in the presidency,” asserts Cato scholar Gene Healy. “Now, more than ever, Congress needs to do everything in its power to reclaim its authority over war and peace.”
- “Trump the Decider,” by Gene Healy
- “Trump Stokes Endless War: His Attack on an Iranian Military Leader Will Come Back to Haunt Him and Us,” by Christopher A. Preble and John Glaser
- “Did Donald Trump Just Start a War with Iran?,” by Ted Galen Carpenter
- “Repeal, Don’t Replace, Trump’s War Powers,” by Gene Healy and John Glaser
The United States has, at various times in its history, used military force to promote regime change around the world in pursuit of its interests. In recent years, however, there has been a growing scholarly consensus that these foreign regime‐change operations are often ineffective and produce deleterious side effects. In a new study, Benjamin Denison examines the academic literature to illustrate that the continued confidence in regime change is misguided.
The U.S. House of Representatives on December 18 approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, setting up a trial in the Senate that will decide whether he remains in office. According to Cato scholar Gene Healy, the decision to Keep Impeachment Simple, Stupid was a smart call. “The two articles confine the case against Trump to a digestible set of facts,” says Healy. “Equally important, they avoid framing the president’s conduct in criminal law, focusing instead on misuse of official power and violations of public trust.”