6/21/19 Jon Schwarz on the AUMF and War with Iran

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Scott talks to Jon Schwarz about the threat of war with Iran in retaliation for shooting down an American drone and allegedly attacking Japanese tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Mike Pompeo recently claimed that the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force, intended to be used against Al-Qaeda, also authorizes the president to go to war with Iran if he wants to. Luckily—for the time being—there are enough people around Trump and among the democrats who strongly oppose war with Iran that he seems to have backed down.

Discussed on the show:

“2020 Democratic Candidates Counter Mike Pompeo’s Iran Idea” (The Intercept)
“Attacking Iran Would Unleash Chaos on the Middle East” (The National Interest)
“Ret. Col. Macgregor: Attacking Iran Would Provoke a War, Create a Coalition Of The Willing Against Us” (Real Clear Politics)

Jon Schwarz is a writer for The Intercept, and has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal, “Saturday Night Live,” and many others. Find him on his blog, A Tiny Revolution, or on Twitter @schwarz.

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