April 1, 2011
As the mad bombers at NATO engage in a public relations stunt in response to the fallout from the slaughter of innocent Libyan civilians , here in the United States a few dignified members of Congress are attempting to put a halt to the illegal war.
Obama’s order to bomb Libya was obviously unconstitutional. He did not consult Congress let alone seek a declaration of war, as spelled in Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution . Democrats want to pass some sort of after the fact resolution signing off on Obama’s war, but they fear opponents will take advantage of any such hearings to denounce the president.
In response, Obama’s commissariat insist they don’t need to follow no stinkin’ Constitution. “Obama administration officials claim they don’t need Congress’ permission to launch what they describe as kinetic military activity,” reports Fox News .
After Secretary of Forever War Robert Gates acknowledged Obama’s little war has so far cost the American people $550 million and would continue to cost about $40 million a month, a few in Congress used the math to attack the globalist operation.
Gates said the Pentagon will need a supplement budget to fund the operation.
On Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul introduced a nonbinding resolution that states the president “does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” Paul said Obama’s acts are a “very serious breach of our Constitution.”
Rep. Dennis Kucinich has proposed an amendment to ban funding for the Libya campaign while Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, a Maryland Republican, introduced a bill aimed at making sure the Libya operation does not add to the deficit.
Instead of calling for an end to the illegal onslaught, the Bartlett proposal would require Obama to provide Congress with a list of proposed cuts from the discretionary, non-military section of the budget to cover the military’s expenses in Libya. In other words, Bartlett and the Republicans would cut grandma’s Social Security to pay for the globalist adventure.
“We find ourselves in a situation where Congress is debating cuts in domestic programs to make essential progress on the deficit, even as President Obama has initiated an expensive, open-ended military commitment in a country that his defense secretary says is not a vital interest,” said Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Meanwhile, Senate neocons are drafting a resolution to slap the gloss of legality on Obama’s war. Sen. John McCain is working with Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass, GOP boss Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn, to come up with a symbolic “sense of the Senate” motion or something with more sticking power to legitimize the illegal war.
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat, said debate on a resolution authorizing military force after the fact could open the door for opponents to rally against the resolution.
Kerry went so far as to say he doesn’t think Congress needs to sign off on the military action after the fact, but Congress may come up with a bill regardless.
In other words, the unitary presidency is alive and well, never mind how loudly Democrats howled when Bush did the same thing.