So Much for the Anti-War President

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to put some reasonable limitations on how the United States conducted its post-9/11 wars across the Middle East.

“The legacy of the Obama-Clinton interventions will be weakness, confusion and disarray, a mess,” he said in April 2016, during his first major speech about foreign policy. “We’ve made the Middle East more unstable and chaotic than ever before.”

Since taking office, Trump’s track record has been decidedly mixed. He launched missiles into Syria. He ordered American troops home from Syria. He then reversed himself and sorta-kinda agreed to keep them there for a while longer.

But on Tuesday night, Trump unambiguously backed Forever War. He vetoed a congressional resolution that would have ended American military involvement in the Yemeni civil war—a conflict that has killed an estimated 50,000 people (scores more have died in a famine triggered by the conflict) without having any significant bearing on U.S. national security.

“This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in a statement. The congressional resolution is unnecessary, Trump says, because “the United States is not engaged in hostilities in or affecting Yemen.”

That’s being too clever by half. Yes, there are no American troops fighting on the front lines in Yemen, but the Trump administration has been providing logistical support and intelligence to the Saudi-backed coalition that’s fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. American-flown planes are being used to refuel Saudi aircraft in mid-air, for example. Trump’s own veto statement belies the internal contradiction, with its nod to American “service members” who are very much participants in the bloody, seemingly intractable conflict.

The resolution calling for an end to that military support, sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna (D–Calif.), says “the activities that the United States is conducting in support of the Saudi-led coalition, including aerial refueling and targeting assistance, fall within” the authority of the War Powers Act of 1973. That law was passed in the closing stages of the Vietnam War, with the intention of preventing a president from getting America into another years-long conflict without congressional authorization (please, hold your laughter).

The resolution cleared both chambers of Congress with bipartisan approval, but not a veto-proof majority in either. (Notably, libertarian-leaning Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) voted “present” on the resolution in the House due to concerns over how it might expand congressional authorization for other Middle Eastern wars.)*

On Tuesday, Amash took to Twitter to explain that the resolution was unnecessary anyway—Trump does not have the authority to commit U.S. forces to the Yemeni civil war in the first place

Still, it’s something of an accomplishment, since this is the first time a congressional resolution invoking the War Powers Act has reached the president’s desk.

But that won’t be enough until America has a president actually willing to rein in America’s foreign military excursions—instead of merely promising to do so to get elected.

*CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct the fact that Amash voted “present” on the resolution, and to add his tweet.*

Abortion Clinic That Killed Woman in Botched Abortion Sends Another Woman to Hospital

When 22-year old Lakisha Wilson died from a botched abortion she received in 2014 at the Preterm abortion clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, pro-life leaders from across the nation gathered to speak out about her avoidable death and urged the Ohio Department of Health to close Preterm in order to spare other women from being injured.

Also of concern was a faulty elevator that contributed to a delay in EMS personnel reaching Wilson as quickly as possible.

Instead, the Ohio Department of Health brushed aside the complaints filed by Operation Rescue and others and allowed Preterm to continue operations as if nothing had ever happened.

Since then, there have been 13 women who were transported away from Preterm in ambulances after suffering serious abortion complications – including the most recent such medical emergency that occurred on April 5, 2019.

According to Pastor Dale Henkel who recorded the incident, an ambulance, a fire unit, and five police cars responded to Preterm’s 911 call for help, including a police lieutenant who is tasked with supervising all emergency transports from Preterm.

Public 911 records obtained by Operation Rescue show that the 31-year old woman was hemorrhaging.  Emergency responders were instructed to go to the third floor, where the surgical abortion rooms are located.

Pastor Henkel told Operation Rescue that abortionist Mitch Reider was working at Preterm during the medical emergency.

He also noted that an elevator repair service was at the abortion facility at the time of the April 5th incident.

There have been chronic reliability issues with the clinic’s lone elevator, which is the only way a gurney can get to the surgical floor.  Among them are two in particular that served as a warning of more trouble ahead should Preterm remain open at its current facility.

On March 31, 2012, extra emergency workers were dispatched to Preterm to carry a 300-pound hemorrhaging woman down the stairs because the elevator did not work.

On the day when Lakisha Wilson suffered a fatally botched abortion in 2014, EMS workers noted on page eight of her patient care record that despite the urgency of her condition, which involved complete cardiac and respiratory arrest, the malfunctioning elevator delayed EMS from reaching her with help that may have saved her life.

Fast-forward to April 5, 2019. As Pastor Henkels and other pro-life activists watched, an African American woman, whose head was covered with a sheet, was brought out of the abortion facility on a gurney and loaded into an awaiting ambulance for transport University Hospital’s emergency room.

According to a heavily redacted Computer Event Chronology report, 37 minutes elapsed from the time the first unit arrived at Preterm until the patient’s arrival at University Hospital.

Given the unusually large number of emergency personnel who responded to the 911 call, the fact that the elevator repair company was present, and the length of time it took to get the woman to the hospital, it is fair to conclude that the elevator malfunctioned once again. That makes it probable that the police, EMS, and firemen carried the hemorrhaging woman down two flights of stairs to the gurney that could not access the third-floor surgical rooms.

“We have warned of the dangers posed by this abortion facility and its unreliable elevator until we are blue in the face,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue.  “We have urged the Ohio Department of Health to close Preterm due to its pattern of frequent botched abortions, a patient death, and routine delays in patients receiving urgently-need emergency medical care because the elevator keeps breaking down.  It’s time the Department of Health listened before another woman has to suffer or die.”

https://www.lifenews.com/2019/04/17/abortion-clinic-that-killed-woman-in-botched-abortion-sends-another-woman-to-hospital-2/

LifeNews.com Note: Cheryl Sullenger is a leader of Operation Rescue.