Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Iran Major General Qasem Soleimani led directly to the death of 176 people aboard Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.
In Ottawa, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said intelligence analyses indicated that a surface-to-air missile hit the plane in what could have been an “unintentional” act.
In Washington, U.S. officials expressed “high confidence” that the Boeing 737-800, bound for the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, was targeted by air-defense systems as Iranian forces were on high alert.
U.S. officials said a Russin-made SA-15 surface-to-air TOR system missile hit the plane.
In the meantime, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted (224 to 194) a war powers House Concurrent Resolution (H.Con.Res 83) aimed at limiting Trump’s use of force overseas without congressional approval.
The five-page resolution sponsored by freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., a former CIA analyst, emphasizes that if the president wants to take the U.S. to war, he or she must get authorization from Congress.
Specifically, it directs the president to terminate the use of U.S. armed forces to engage in hostilities against Iran unless Congress has declared war or enacted a specific authorization or unless military action is necessary to defend against an imminent attack.