By now, you’ve probably heard of the recent report by Seymour Hersh outlining what he says is the real timeline of events that led to the destruction of the Nordstream pipelines connecting Russia and Germany. Hersh puts the blame for the destruction of the pipelines on Joe Biden. It’s not hard to imagine the United States behind the bombing, or that Joe Biden pulled the trigger. But one detail Hersh uncovered has major implications regarding the state of America’s constitutional checks and balances. Hersh writes:
Biden’s decision to sabotage the pipelines came after more than nine months of highly secret back and forth debate inside Washington’s national security community about how to best achieve that goal. For much of that time, the issue was not whether to do the mission, but how to get it done with no overt clue as to who was responsible.
There was a vital bureaucratic reason for relying on the graduates of the center’s hardcore diving school in Panama City. The divers were Navy only, and not members of America’s Special Operations Command, whose covert operations must be reported to Congress and briefed in advance to the Senate and House leadership—the so-called Gang of Eight. The Biden Administration was doing everything possible to avoid leaks as the planning took place late in 2021 and into the first months of 2022.
If true, that Biden chose to attack the property of another country and to deliberately avoid oversight by Congress, the state of America’s checks on executive power has deteriorated and must be renewed. Only Congress has the authority to declare war.
Read Hersh’s entire report on Nordstream here.
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