Sep 2012
THIS is tRump's SoS … as stupid as his boss.

Pompeo won’t promise to consult Congress about potential military intervention in Venezuela
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday confirmed that the Trump administration is making contingency plans for U.S. military intervention in Venezuela, but he refused to say whether the administration would seek congressional authorization first.

When asked directly on ABC’s “This Week” whether President Trump believes he has the power to intervene without seeking approval from Congress, Pompeo declined to answer.
“I don’t want to speak to that,” he said, pointing to the powers granted to the president as commander in chief under the Constitution. “The president has his full range of Article 2 authorities, and I’m very confident that any action we took in Venezuela would be lawful,” he said.

The Trump administration has long flirted with the idea of a military intervention to back the campaign by Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who tried but failed last week to oust President Nicolás Maduro.

But Pompeo’s evasion of a direct question about the role of Congress — which is the body empowered to declare war under the Constitution — could strike a nerve with several Republicans, who have chafed at other administrations pursuing military campaigns on what they see as flimsy or nonexistent legal grounds.

On Friday, Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.) called on the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, of which he is a member, to hold a hearing on the use of military force in Venezuela, noting he was “concerned by reports of possible U.S. military intervention” without congressional authorization.

Young is also chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the GOP’s campaign arm for the Senate.


Mike Pompeo: Melting sea ice presents 'new opportunities for trade'
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday praised the Arctic region -- and its rapidly shrinking levels of sea ice -- for its economic opportunities, despite continued warnings about the catastrophic effects of climate change.

"The Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance," Pompeo said in remarks in Rovaniemi, Finland. "It houses 13 percent of the world's undiscovered oil, 30 percent of its undiscovered gas, an abundance of uranium, rare earth minerals, gold, diamonds, and millions of square miles of untapped resources, fisheries galore."

"Steady reductions in sea ice are opening new passageways and new opportunities for trade," he continued. "This could potentially slash the time it takes to travel between Asia and the West by as much as 20 days."

"Arctic sea lanes could become the 21st century Suez and Panama Canals," Pompeo remarked.

Jul 2014
Never rule out military action, even when it is unlikely.

That would be dumb.

Pompeo is not the only one touting the economic advantages of melting sea ice.

Lots of people been saying that for quite a while.

Been in the "news" a lot...
May 2012
By the wall
The power to declare war doesn't mean what you think it does.

It has nothing to do with actually going to war.

Its a procedural motion that gives congress more options, things they can't, or couldn't do, in times when we are not at war.

That's changed now of course but back then they were severely hampered by what they could do if there wasn't a state of war declared.

It's a holdover from the British days we incorporated into the constitution and basically meaningless today.

That's why we have the War Powers Act.


Former Staff
Nov 2009
He's not wrong on this. If anything, it's congress who are over reaching on this topic, wanting congress approval for the white house to do things it is specifically empowered to.

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