We all know it and now CDR Salamander says it!
Deep down, I think – most of us knew that anyway. It was an anti-Bush movement. War had nothing to do with it – it was all about the Left finding a way to regain power. By and large, 85% of the “anti-war” movement, with its manufactured International A.N.S.W.E.R./Code Pink rent-a-mob and their bannermen .
Spot on! Need additional proof besides Obama’s hypocritical stances on Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gitmo closing?
Take it from King Obama, who has declared, despite legal advice otherwise, that our
war kinetic military action in Libya does not represent “hostilities”. Therefore, he needs no stinkin’ approval from Congress or the law. Don’t trust me? Trust the leftist NY Times:
President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers
at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal
authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya
without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with
internal administration deliberations.
Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon
general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice
Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they
believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war
amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have
required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May
But Mr. Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several
other senior members of his legal team — including the White House counsel,
Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh — who argued
that the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under
that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission
The administration followed an unusual process in developing its position. Traditionally, the Office of Legal Counsel solicits
views from different agencies and then decides what the best interpretation of
the law is. The attorney general or the president can overrule its views, but
In this case, however, Ms. Krass was asked to submit the
Office of Legal Counsel’s thoughts in a less formal way to the White House,
along with the views of lawyers at other agencies. After several meetings and
phone calls, the rival legal analyses were submitted to Mr. Obama, who is a
constitutional lawyer, and he made the decision.
The Times is treating it as the major story that it is, but under a Republican president (especially one named, say, George Bush) it would be a scandal of nuclear proportions. What they’re basically saying here, without actually saying it, is that the president’s own lawyers told him that the Libya war is illegal and he responded by looking around for other lawyers who’d tell him what he wanted to hear.
Oh, and all I hear is crickets from the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) regarding Obama’s words on Bush’s Iraq War (one for which Bush received Congressional approval). Here’s Obama’s words on “dumb”wars from 2002 (via Verum Serum):
That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.
Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity.
He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.
But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history.
I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.
I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the middle east, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of Al Qaeda.
Well, here’s what I’m opposed to…. A dumb anti-American President posing as a King. I oppose a war based solely on the whims of Obama and defended based on those very whims, not on the law or anyone else’s view. I loathe a President, who is sworn to uphold our Constitution, but who would base his views for Libya on the “international” community, like the UN and NATO, instead of the laws of his country.
I am sick of the Left calling Iraq an illegal Bush war when Bush had the approval of Congress. Obama has a truly illegal war now and has blatantly thumbed his nose at anyone who would question it or even call for him to make the action legal….Now, .let’s see Obama spin his deceit and hypocrisy further on Libya.
Oh, and Obama, what happened to “this action (in Libya) will last only a matter of days, not weeks?” (It’s been 90 days or almost 13 weeks as of this writing)
(Hat tip to my husband for the CDR Salamander link)
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