Hillary to Congress on not seeking authorization for Libya war: Too bad

posted at 10:21 pm on March 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

I don’t know how else to read this except as the White House telling Congress that they don’t want to hear from them going forward, period. And based on the reactions from both Republicans and Democrats at the briefing, sounds like they don’t know how else to read it either.

Unbelievable.

They said one dynamic was very clear: The administration doesn’t much care what Congress thinks about the actions it’s taken so far.

Challenged on whether Obama overstepped his constitutional authority in attacking Libya without congressional approval, Clinton told lawmakers that White House lawyers were OK with it and that Obama has no plans to seek an endorsement from Congress, attendees told POLITICO…

“If they didn’t need congressional authorization here in these circumstances, can you tell me under what circumstances you’d ever need congressional authorization if we’re going into a war? Nobody answered [that] question,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.). “The administration and its lawyers believed they had the authority under the War Powers Act.”…

Without a vote, it’s impossible to tell whether a majority of members would support more intense action in Libya, but it’s clear the administration has done little to assuage its critics. Lawmakers expressed skepticism that they’d even be consulted if the administration were to take such action.

“Now he wants people like me to support him,” said one moderate Democrat. “Quite frankly, I can’t.”

Isn’t he required under the War Powers Act to seek congressional authorization after 60 days of hostilities? Or is this guy so intent on waging war whether Congress likes it or not that he’d go to court to try to have the WPA ruled unconstitutional? Normally I’d dismiss that possibility as insane given that he did, after all, run in ’08 on his anti-war cred and that not even a Republican president would dare pull a move like that amid bipartisan clamoring for accountability, but I don’t know that anything can be safely ruled out at this point.

No wonder Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intel Committee, is now drawing a very sharp line on arming the rebels:

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) said in a late Wednesday interview that the Obama administration’s top national security officials were deeply split on whether arming the rebels was a good idea. In a classified briefing Wednesday with lawmakers, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Rogers said it was clear that there were deep divisions between the cabinet officials regarding the wisdom of arming the rebels.

“I’ve never seen an uneasiness amongst their national security cabinet members as I have seen on this. It’s kind of odd,” said Rogers. He declined to say which cabinet members were supporting arming the rebels and which were opposed, but he said it was obvious that they disagreed…

“Any covert action that happens would have to get the sign off of the intelligence chairmen, by statute. You won’t get a sign off from me,” Rogers said referring to National Security Act 47. “I still think arming the rebels is a horrible idea. We don’t know who they are, we only know who they are against but we don’t really who they are for. We don’t have a good picture of who’s really in charge.”

I won’t pretend to know offhand whether he has the right to block The One under the NSA, but if we’re no longer abiding by the War Powers Act, why bother with that one either?

Seriously, what’s Obama’s angle in all this? The last thing he wants with an election around the corner is full blame if things go badly wrong in Libya. As I’ve argued before, rationally, he should be looking to get Congress involved in all this to provide himself with some political cover. Even if they refuse to play along and deny him authorization, that’s okay too. That’s his exit strategy from all this — just blame Congress for tying his hands and then that’s the end of it. Why would President Present want to finally take sole responsibility for a policy measure when it’s as dicey as this one?

Update: Cold comfort: Obama’s apparently not the only western leader half-assing this thing by refusing to consult with important advisors.

Sarkozy won a fair measure of praise for being the first leader to recognize the Libyan opposition as the legitimate leadership of the country – but even that may come back to haunt him if things go wrong. Sarkozy’s decision was taken almost on the spur of the moment, and under the spectacular brow-beating of mediagenic philosopher Bernard-Henri LÉvy, who decided to make crusading to protect the Libyan opposition a re-make of his 1990 campaign as the savior of the Bosnians during the Balkan war. Sarkozy reportedly did so without even consulting his newly-named Foreign Affairs Minister Alain Juppe (who was said to have been both hostile to the move and aghast that a media star had taken his role as France’s top diplomat). “There may heavy consequences,” says Bitar, “when a president makes decisions based on input by celebrities.”


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Cowboy

CWforFreedom on March 30, 2011 at 10:24 PM

Another entry in the imagine if the Bush administration had done it files.

supernova on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Out of control. But we knew that.

rrpjr on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

CowGirl!

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Impeachment hearings should start at 8am tomorrow.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

It’s unbelievable that after 6 years of nonstop Bush Bashing talking about an illegal war, that this president of all presidents is doing exactly what his base cried about for nearly a decade.

We truly have stepped into the Twilight Zone.

ButterflyDragon on March 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM

CowGirl!

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Heh

CWforFreedom on March 30, 2011 at 10:27 PM

It’s almost like he isn’t our President but a dictator from another country.
Who would of thunk.

Electrongod on March 30, 2011 at 10:27 PM

So this action morphs into an all out bombardment and the use of troops on the ground. And some wondered why I thought Congress should have been involved.

CWforFreedom on March 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM

So… do we still believe the military wouldn’t obey an illegal order from this guy?

This is worrisome on a lot of levels and I wanted to kill Qaddafi (which of course is the one thing he won’t do).

sharrukin on March 30, 2011 at 10:28 PM

“I don’t know how else to read this except as the White House telling Congress that they don’t want to hear from them going forward, period.”

That settles it…

… cut off all funding to the government, NOW!

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM

They said one dynamic was very clear: The administration doesn’t much care what Congress thinks about the actions it’s taken so far.

Speechless.

Isn’t this a game of chicken? The Obama Regime is daring Congress to act on the Regime’s contempt. Is there anyone in Congress who will stand up to these rogue leaders and say, “STOP. ENOUGH!” For the sake of the rule of law? our Constitution? Anyone?

conservative pilgrim on March 30, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Electrongod on March 30, 2011 at 10:27 PM

And to think, those Soviet/Cuban troops would never have had to invade Colorado and fight the Wolverines if they had figured out this strategy.

p40tiger on March 30, 2011 at 10:31 PM

Interesting!
===============

World powers meet in UK to plot Libya endgame
March 28 2011
*************

LONDON —
International leaders were gathering in London on Tuesday seeking to plot out an endgame for Moammar Gadhafi’s tottering regime and to strike agreement on plans for Libya’s future.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Arab League and as many as 40 global foreign ministers were joining the talks – seeking to ratchet up pressure on Gadhafi to quit.

Italy’s Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said several nations planned to table a joint deal aimed at swiftly ending the conflict, setting out proposals for a cease-fire, exile for Gadhafi and a framework for talks on Libya’s future between tribal leaders and opposition figures.

Britain and the United States signaled ahead of the talks that they could accept a plan under which Gadhafi quickly leaves Libya and in return escapes a war crimes trial, despite a previous insistence that he must face the International Criminal Court.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2014624617_aplibyadiplomacy.html

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Or is this guy so intent on waging war whether Congress likes it or not that he’d go to court to try to have the WPA ruled unconstitutional?

Talk about circles within circles; he does this (Kinetic?) action, which I actually don’t completely disapprove of, under the auspices of the War Powers Act, then goes to court to prove the act he acted under the authority of is unconstitutional?

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t this going to back him into a very uncomfortable corner? Look, fire the ‘Hawks, target the Daffy one, take the SOB out, and then go out and make your case under the WPA. I think the odds are that most would agree it’s not a bad thing. Don’t play these friggin’ games, with Hillary pulling the strings, AGAIN.

JamesLee on March 30, 2011 at 10:33 PM

CowGirl!

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Heh

CWforFreedom on March 30, 2011 at 10:27 PM

CWforFreedom:Haha,I improvised and technically,ripped off
your comment,and shamelessly at that!:)

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Hillary “Sure Barry I’ll tell them whatever you want me to tell them…”

Caper29 on March 30, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Finally,after all this time,Le El Code Pinko`s have
seen through the KOOL_AID of the Fog of War!!
==============================================

Obama on Libya: George W. Bush 2.0
Wed, Mar 30, 2011
*********************

Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis

His lines may be better delivered, but Barack Obama is sounding – and acting – more like the heir to George W. Bush than the change-maker sold to the public in his award-winning ad campaign. Indeed, when not sending billions of dollars to repressive governments across the globe, the great liberal hope is authorizing deadly drone strikes and military campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and now, in his most morally righteous war yet, Libya.

Strutting out to a podium before an audience of uniformed military personnel – wonder where he got that idea from – a confident, some would say cocky, American president offered a fierce albeit belated speech justifying another preemptive war against a country that posed no threat to the United States. And if you closed your eyes, you could almost hear that faux-Texas drawl.

“As Commander-in-Chief, I have no greater responsibility than keeping this country safe,” the president declared, adopting his predecessor’s favorite title for himself. “I’ve made it clear that I will never hesitate to use our military swiftly, decisively, and unilaterally when necessary to defend our people, our homeland, our allies and our core interests.”
(more………..)

http://codepink.org/blog/2011/03/obama-on-libya-george-w-bush-2-0/

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM

I don’t know how else to read this except as the White House telling Congress that they don’t want to hear from them going forward, period

We have a rogue government.

Weight of Glory on March 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Anti-War BETREYAL is soooooooooooo sweet!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Because of our contempt for Obama, it’s easy for conservatives to forget Hillary is a batsh!t insane lefty radical.

It’s time to remind the executive branch that Congress is co-equal and it has the power of the purse. Defund their entire operation and schedule impeachment hearings now.

Stayright on March 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

The God-King does not need the approval of mere mortals.

Really Right on March 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Hil and Scooter tell Congress [about the] KMA.

kingsjester on March 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

And we’re the Extremists?

kingsjester on March 30, 2011 at 10:43 PM


BIDEN FLASHBACK:

I don’t use words lightly…..
….. ‘If he gives authorization to war… without Congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him!....that’s a fact….that..is..a..fact…
…It would be the most dire action we could take…when we have 10 or 12 divisions tied up in Iran(slow Joe probably meant Iraq)..to go in without cause….Iran is no immediate threat to the United States’

Strong words from a VP that has no intention of backing them up…..
…Once again democrats show their hypocrisy and outright cowardice to back up their own rhetoric.

Baxter Greene on March 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM

It’s time to remind the executive branch that Congress is co-equal and it has the power of the purse. Defund their entire operation and schedule impeachment hearings now.

Stayright on March 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Yeah, Boehner and the GOP will be right on that as soon as they finish getting rolled by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. /

sharrukin on March 30, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Isn’t he required under the War Powers Act to seek congressional authorization after 60 days of hostilities? Or is this guy so intent on waging war whether Congress likes it or not that he’d go to court to try to have the WPA ruled unconstitutional?

Here is your answer:

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/152891-white-house-briefing-changes-few-minds-on-libya

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) had a different take. He said that, because the U.S. has already ceded control of the operations to NATO, the 60-day timeline under the WPA is irrelevant.

“I think that we’re out,” he said.

White House officials are clearly siding with Ruppersberger, according to a source.

Mark1971 on March 30, 2011 at 10:45 PM

When the President openly disregards the Constitution, how can we even claim to be a nation of laws any longer?

This is actually scary.

Inkblots on March 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

They said one dynamic was very clear: The administration doesn’t much care what Congress thinks about the actions it’s taken so far.

Hmmmmmmmmmm…

… Now I wonder they would say something like that?

Oh, yeah…

“Their call to prevent human rights abuses through military intervention masks an agenda to alter drastically the concept of state sovereignty and to allow the United Nations to essentially co-opt the US military.”

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

So Obama needs to have the OK of the international “community”, but not of his own government?

JavelinaBomb on March 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Impeachment hearings should start at 8am tomorrow.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

I’m not big on the Impeachment game. I think that was a horrible political decision by the Republicans against Clinton (regardless of the merits, about which I have no real informed opinion). But I do think we’re getting into “if it smells like a rose…” territory. The ongoing, blatant disregard for the Constitution by President Obama is staggering.

I’m not big on conspiracy theories, either. That was my father’s pet. But I’ve become increasingly puzzled by Obama’s actions. I see no rational basis for the decisions he’s making. Even “out of his depth” doesn’t explain the sheer magnitude of the mistaken policies he’s pursuing. The only thing that is really beginning to make sense is that he is absolutely committed to the destruction of the United States from within. I know, I know. That’s crazy talk. But….

Meh.

This is all so distressing and depressing. I hate watching our country become a has-been, second-rate thumb sucker of a nation. What the hell’s wrong with us that we allowed leadership like this to get elected? What the hell are we leaving to our kids? Will they have the opportunity to really make something of themselves? In a country that cherishes their imagination, creativity, love-of-life, derring-do, independence…?

AP, I think I may challenge you for King Eeyore of HotAir.

nukemhill on March 30, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Marines on their way to Libya.
One guess what’s going to happen when they get there, unless a leash is put on that mad dog Soetoro.

Rebar on March 30, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Unbelievable.

Au Contraire…totally believable. Obama doesn’t even have a clue what country he is ‘President’ of…he’s thinks he’s global Jesus. The laws of man or physics, thus, don’t apply to him. He is God…and there is not book in any scripture every written in history that requires God to consult with the unwashed.

So here we are…and we are lucky that it isn’t much, much worse as of now…but it will be soon.

AUINSC on March 30, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Isn’t he required under the War Powers Act to seek congressional authorization after 60 days of hostilities?

From Wikipedia:

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541–1548) was a United States Congress joint resolution providing that the President can send U.S. armed forces into action abroad only by authorization of Congress or in case of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” The War Powers Resolution requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war.

The communists are in violation of the WPA and the Constitution. They’re thumbing their noses at the law, Congress, the people of the United States and the Constitution. This blatant and willful violation of the law is a clearly impeachable offense.

single stack on March 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Ceaser! Long live!

congress should cut off funding.

unseen on March 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM

looks like Beck is right. i think we all need to watch him more. He seems like he knows what he is talking about more and more.

unseen on March 30, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Obama is acting like a dictator. Plain and simple. I guess time will tell whether we have men or worms in congress.
What prevents him from going even further? How many more wars can he declare? Will we wait until he begins arresting members of congress for treasonous behavior pretending to be “just like Lincoln” during the civil war? Nothing surprises me. We just keep acting as though it won’t get any worse… he keeps crossing new lines and some just keep convincing themselves he’ll never cross the next one.

JellyToast on March 30, 2011 at 10:52 PM

1. CowGirl UP!

2. Time to cut off all funding for this operation, which I believe has cost us over $550,000,000… and counting…

Khun Joe on March 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Just remember, kids. Obama is a constitutional scholar, so no worries. It’s cool.

JavelinaBomb on March 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power because of some farcial aquatic ceremony.

aengus on March 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Obama’s been able to just sit around for two years while his Democrats did everything for him in congress. Now, he doesn’t have congress so he’s decided he doesn’t need it. He’ll just act on his own. He’ll print whatever money he needs, make whatever treaties he wants to, declare war at will. Meanwhile Republicans will send letters to him asking him to explain himself and make deals to cut another 10 billion while borrowing another 70.

JellyToast on March 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM

As former Senators (O, Hil, Biden), one would think they would respect Congress.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on March 30, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Khun Joe on March 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Closer to $750,000.00 thus far…at a minimum.

You know they went all out trying to impeach Bush over a lot smaller stuff.

To quote the Reverend Louis Farakhan, “Mr. Obama who in hell do you think you are?!?!?”

coldwarrior on March 30, 2011 at 11:06 PM

You can’t expect to wield supreme executive power because of some farcial aquatic ceremony.

aengus on March 30, 2011 at 10:59 PM

…well I didn’t vote for you!!!!!

Baxter Greene on March 30, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Down the rabbit hole we go!!!! So now the one does not answer to Congress. What else do you expect from a fraudulent con man ghetto organizer.

retiredeagle on March 30, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Seriously, what’s Obama’s angle in all this?

The world is his kingdom and we are his subjects.

FloatingRock on March 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Congress is the only representation WE have in this scenario, so Ø is also telling the US Public to **** off.

Look back at the timeline now – he starts the action, with token contact with a few in Congress, not asking but informing, then takes off for Brazil and fools around for days.

He consulted the attorneys (Holder) BEFORE he did it, BEFORE he left. Only thing that makes sense.

Which means that this Constitutional challenge may be his actual agenda, not the kinetic whatever in Libya. Crazy?

jodetoad on March 30, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Other shoe, foot=nose thumbing.

Speakup on March 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

Love the commenters at Belmont Club.
http://pajamasmedia.com/richardfernandez/2011/03/30/we-dont-need-no-stinkin-badges/#more-13767

a capella on March 30, 2011 at 11:17 PM

The Kamikaze President.

Sharke on March 30, 2011 at 11:27 PM

How much more evidence do we need that we are deep in a Constitutional crisis, and the republic is effectively dead?

This is tyranny – period.

We have remedies prescribed for this – do we have the balls?

Midas on March 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Hey Obama had no choice but to go to war. The rebels were too weak to overthrow the Libyan government and so he needed to act. And the US congress would not agree to the real reason for war so he is had to bypass them. The people will arise and take back what is theirs! The caliphate must be created so that Israel can finally be destroyed. /SARC

mechkiller_k on March 30, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Recently a Democrat-controlled Congress had unchecked power, and immediately spent 3 trillion dollars on its dream social program agenda, despite a genuinely sponstaneous outpouring of opposition and anger that they and their media lackeys dismissed as racism.

Now a Democrat President who was elected on a pacifist platform and won a Nobel Peace Prize, has decided he needs to wage war. But he ackowledges no obligation to consult Congress as he demanded that his predecessor must, while his media lackeys posture him as a Chruchill.

Question: Does anyone see a common thread here? And what further travesty comes next?

It’s time to stop, people – what’s that sound? Everybody look what’s goin’ down…

drunyan8315 on March 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Sorry to keep talking about Rand, but he tabled a resolution today parroting Obama’s 2007 language that the President could not unilaterally go to war without an imminent threat to the country. He said he was appalled that Congress has completely abidcated its authority and called President Obama a hypocrite on the Senate floor. Durbin pooh poohed him.

Rand is the only one in Congress with the cajones right now to tell it like it is.

Firefly_76 on March 30, 2011 at 11:43 PM

CowGirl!

canopfor on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Too easy

darwin-t on March 30, 2011 at 11:45 PM

Why would the Left be outraged by this? It’s the complete opposite of the kind of military action we opposed in Iraq. Here there’s an imminent threat to both the stability of the region and the citizens of the Libyan nation, and we have broad international support.

crr6 on March 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 30, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Impeachment hearings should start at 8am tomorrow.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

8AM? Obama is still in his Superman jammies and bunny slippers at that time. But I agree with the impeachment hearings.

GrannySunni on March 31, 2011 at 12:02 AM

But his pants are creased so sharply!

And he can quote Niebuhr or Narcissus or somebody.

He’s a genius!!!

We don’t need no stinking Constitution!

profitsbeard on March 31, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Get over it folks. As soon as the arms start flowing, consider this to be Obama’s Second Amendment project.

Obama’s got a Constitutional duty to support the 2nd Amendment, right? No need to consult Congress on that…

Besides, what could possibly go wrong handing out weapons to a bunch of gun deprived Muslims?

drfredc on March 31, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Well, this seems appropriate here:

Libya vs Iraq

macblanegirl on March 31, 2011 at 12:41 AM

You kinda get the feeling that the Obama administration listened to left wing lies about Bush for so long that they decided to do the same thing that they imagined Bush did. As such they don’t consult congress, go at it with anyone so as not to go at it “alone”, not to overthrow the dictator and don’t commit ground troops.

Defector01 on March 31, 2011 at 1:02 AM

Obama and Hillary bow to the U.N. potentates. They are their overlords.

To them the U.S. Congress is insignificant.

It’s the new order.

Schadenfreude on March 31, 2011 at 1:14 AM

I never thought I’d say this, but…I miss Rahm.

Seems like he was the only person in the BHO White House who knew how to provide leadership within the process of governance. If BHO is going to continue to be indecisive, manipulated by inexperienced female advisors and neglectful of due process once he finally makes a decision, these next 20 months could get really, really ugly.

I mean, worse than czars-and-Obamacare ugly. I mean, feud-with-Congress-so-bad-that-he-loses-the-support-of-the-CBC ugly.

And BHO will still keep support of 40% of American voters who will consider this a petty squabble originated by the Legislative branch.

rwenger43 on March 31, 2011 at 1:20 AM

The irony must be delicious for Obama, deploying to Libya the very forces, i.e. the U.S. Navy and Marines, used by Thomas Jefferson over 200 years ago to defeat the Muslim Barbary Pirates of Tripoli. The fabled opening line in the Marine Hymn pays tribute to that victory, “From the Halls of Montazuma to the Shores of Tripoli…” Only this time, Obama is deploying those forces in support of Muslim interests. The truth of what the Usurper-in-Chief is doing is as plain as the nose on one’s face, but apparently that isn’t enough for Congress to find a backbone and start taking action to reign in Obama. The correct course of action would be to impeach him for sending U.S. military forces into battle unlawfully – but that won’t happen. There are no real men and no real patriots in Washington anymore, at least none with enough clout to do what must be done. Our Muslim adversaries must be beside themselves with joy at their strategic good fortune, and our ineptitude… that is, when they aren’t rolling on the floor laughing at us

Heckle on March 31, 2011 at 1:29 AM

The Politico story reminds me of the naivete of Hollywood when bringing to close such thrillers as Clear and Present Danger. The Harrison Ford-type character stands righteously before a Congressional Hearing (typically Democrat) ready to testify every dirty unlawful action taken by the Executive branch (typically Republican). Lefties really believe that Congressional hearings combined with the power of the press can prevent the Executive branch from behaving irresponsiblyremedy a stupid choice made by millions of voters.

Ah, well, if Hollywood couldn’t spin a good fairy tale they’d never have made any money….

rwenger43 on March 31, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Well, if we can save just one child those AQ “rebels”, it will have all been worth it.

Kenosha Kid on March 31, 2011 at 1:44 AM

Waitaminit here, Allahpundit. If the War Powers Act is declared unconstitutional than Obama is on even worse ground with his unilateral acts of war on a nation not an immediate danger to the US.

According to the Constutition article 1 section 8 reserves to Congress the power to raise armies and declare war.

If War Powers Act vanishes so does any shred of authority Obama has for his actions in Lybia. So whyinell would he want to go there? At least with the WPA in effect he has half an excuse for his adventurism.

{^_^}

herself on March 31, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Make that Constitution. (Damn fingers. Just washed my hands and can’t do a thing with them.)

{+_+}

herself on March 31, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Impeachment

georgealbert on March 31, 2011 at 6:17 AM

They said one dynamic was very clear: The administration doesn’t much care what Congress thinks about the actions it’s taken so far.

Hmmmmmmmmmm…

… Now I wonder they would say something like that?

Oh, yeah…

“Their call to prevent human rights abuses through military intervention masks an agenda to alter drastically the concept of state sovereignty and to allow the United Nations to essentially co-opt the US military.”

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2011 at 10:46 PM

The crushing exponential debt load that Obama-Reid-Pelosi created, the domestic strategy to mortar the bricks for undermining US sovereignty, was premised on “humanitarian necessity”, too.

This Libyan adventure is clearly an international component of the grand strategy. Thanks for the link.

Saltysam on March 31, 2011 at 6:40 AM

Seriously, what’s Obama’s angle in all this?

No angle, simply the sort of conduct one would expect from a Dictator. His supporters wanted an Emperor and now we have one.

oldleprechaun on March 31, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Get over it folks. As soon as the arms start flowing, consider this to be Obama’s Second Amendment project.

Obama’s got a Constitutional duty to support the 2nd Amendment, right? No need to consult Congress on that…

Besides, what could possibly go wrong handing out weapons to a bunch of gun deprived Muslims?

drfredc on March 31, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Look what it did for Mexico. Besides, when it all turns to sh*t, Zero will disavow any knowlege of its existance.

Mr. Grump on March 31, 2011 at 6:59 AM

Seriously, what’s Obama’s angle in all this?

To destroy Israel.

Key West Reader on March 31, 2011 at 7:00 AM

It’s unbelievable that after 6 years of nonstop Bush Bashing talking about an illegal war, that this president of all presidents is doing exactly what his base cried about for nearly a decade.

ButterflyDragon on March 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM

It isn’t all that shocking when you know that liberals always engage in projection. The things they scream at us for doing are the very things they would do.

Kafir on March 31, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Ogabe and Hill adopt the Cee Loo Green Doctrine!

Caper29 on March 31, 2011 at 7:50 AM

Divine Right of Kings?

conservative pilgrim on March 31, 2011 at 7:50 AM

Congress need only to cut off the debt faucet and defund this illegal war.

Dandapani on March 31, 2011 at 8:25 AM

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541–1548) was a United States Congress joint resolution providing that the President can send U.S. armed forces into action abroad only by authorization of Congress or in case of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” The War Powers Resolution requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war. The resolution was passed by two-thirds of Congress, overriding a presidential veto.

Sorry the WPA does NOT work in this case! Libya was NO imminent threat to the US. He needs to be IMPEACHED IMMEDIATELY!

xler8bmw on March 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Um. War Powers Act.

Now is that 60 days from commencement of “hostilities” or 60 days from when The Precedent-formerly-known-as-PrecedentMackDaddy should have started supporting freedom loving people?

(And what about the freedom loving people in Iran?)

davidk on March 31, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Fascism. Barack Hussein Obama is a fascist.

rbj on March 31, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Cowboy? Cowgirl? ahhhh, no, those types have morals, this is gangsta pure and simple. Gangsta Government.

tinkerthinker on March 31, 2011 at 9:17 AM

It isn’t all that shocking when you know that liberals always engage in projection lying

Liars, speaking their native language; lies.

oldleprechaun on March 31, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Seriously, what’s Obama’s angle in all this?

He’s a despot. A dictator wannabe. He’s proving once again, he can trounce on the constitution. Skirt laws, and rules and no one…and I mean no one is going to do one d@mn thing about it. Are they!!!

capejasmine on March 31, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Impeachment hearings should start at 8am tomorrow.

SouthernGent on March 30, 2011 at 10:25 PM

They absolutely should but won’t!
This President and his Party are wiping thier butts with the US condstitution here, on the drilling moratorium and on OBlahBLahcare, directly intrfeering in AZ a soverign state and Wisconsin also a soverign state!

They are wiping their butts with the U.S. Constitution and the Repugnantcans are flushing it down the toilet after, for them.

Its’ past time to vote both Parties out of power and install citizen legislators not beholden to either corrupt Party, else our country is doomed, if it is already not too late!

dhunter on March 31, 2011 at 9:55 AM

It’s unbelievable that after 6 years of nonstop Bush Bashing talking about an illegal war, that this president of all presidents is doing exactly what his base cried about for nearly a decade.

We truly have stepped into the Twilight Zone.

ButterflyDragon on March 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I don’t think a lot of people realize that these democrats we are dealing with are truly evil people – the idea sounds quaint even.

scotash on March 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Hilary wanted her “I Won” moment too. Basically the administration is telling congress to “Suck it Trebek” and they are just smiling and reading the next answer.

Koa on March 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM

It’s almost like he isn’t our President but a dictator from another country.
Who would of thunk.

Electrongod on March 30, 2011 at 10:27 PM

He’s not fully a dictator yet, but he does have the Kenyan Muslim thing going for him.

TugboatPhil on March 31, 2011 at 10:30 AM

After a string of executive branch departments (EPA, FCC, etc.) thumbing their noses at Congress and the courts, is this really a surprise? At least he’s consistent…

Venril on March 31, 2011 at 3:51 PM

When are the people of the United States going to wake up. Obama is doing what he is supposed to do. He is owned, bought and paid for buy George Soros, the Socialist in Chief of the United States. When Soros farts, Obama is right there with the air deodorizer. Obama thinks he is King and we are his subjects. He is trying his best to put us into a Financial Crash which will lead to a lot of chaos in the streets witch will allow him to declare Martial Law. Since the Military is tied up with the three wars right now, they can not spare the Soldiers to enforce Martial Law so Obama will declare the Nation of Islam a Militia Group that is going to help us through the mess that He started. When the dust settles he will have cancelled the elections, dismissed the Congress and Senate, fired the Supreme Court and renamed the United States to the United Socialist States of America. He will say that he will form a new government in the next few years but he has to get the country straighted out first. Then fifteen years later he will appoint one of his Minions to be the next King after Obama has resigned five years from then. Obama is a lying POS that does not deserve to even sit in Washington DC much less the White House. Of course “we the people” will not stand for this to happen but it all depends on if the Generals stand by Him or Us. Obama is the ENEMY.

old war horse on March 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Spring’s here — time for a march?

tanarg on March 31, 2011 at 7:57 PM

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