NYT: Obama overruled top Pentagon, DOJ lawyers on Libya war powers

posted at 10:32 pm on June 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

No “Quotes of the Day” post today. This is big enough that I don’t want anything new on the site distracting from it overnight.

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.

The congressional hearings begin on Monday, I hope.

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 20.

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 unchanged.

Presidents have the legal authority to override the legal conclusions of the Office of Legal Counsel and to act in a manner that is contrary to its advice, but it is extraordinarily rare for that to happen. Under normal circumstances, the office’s interpretation of the law is legally binding on the executive branch

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 rarely do.

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.

See what he did here? The OLC is typically called “the president’s law firm” because it’s tasked with advising him on what he can and can’t legally do with his office. They study the law and consult with relevant agencies, and then they make a formal determination to guide his actions. That’s what should have happened here — they likely would have determined that he was violating the War Powers Act, which in turn would have forced him to go to Congress and finally request formal authorization of the mission. (In fact, Johnson, the Pentagon’s counsel, reportedly told Obama he’d be on firmer ground if he stopped the drone strikes, at least. Obama refused.) This time, because he almost certainly knew that they’d tell him that he was in violation, he bypassed the normal procedures to avoid a binding ruling and treated the OLC as if it was just one lawyer among many. He rigged the game because he knew what the probable outcome would be if he didn’t. Disgraceful.

Ironically, Boehner’s now in almost as tough a position as Obama is. He’s the one who confronted O about the War Powers Act after Kucinich forced his hand; now he’ll have to figure out what the proper congressional response to this should be. Does the House hold hearings? Vote to defund the mission, citing Krass and Johnson for authority that it’s illegal? File suit in federal court charging Obama with violating the WPA, even though any court will almost certainly refuse to rule on it on “political question” grounds? And what happens to O’s supporters on Libya in Congress, especially among Democrats, now that his warmaking has been deemed renegade by his own core legal team? This doofus almost certainly could have gotten congressional authorization shortly after the mission began if he’d asked for it, but for reasons I still don’t understand, he refused. I guess he wants to maximize his presidential prerogative to use drones anywhere he likes, notwithstanding Johnson’s assessment that that’s enough to constitute “hostilities” under the WPA, in order to give himself a free hand in Yemen and beyond. Good work, champ — you’ve now forced a high stakes, politically risky separation-of-powers confrontation with Congress over a conflict to which virtually no one has paid attention for weeks.

Here’s Harry Reid insisting that the War Powers Act doesn’t apply here, and even if it did, “this thing’s going to be over before you know it anyway.” Which is basically what Obama himself said — three months ago. Remember “days, not weeks”? Exit question: That’s going to be one awkward round of golf, huh? Click the image to watch.

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There are hardly any comments over there (NYT), but all are negative. Even his base disagrees with this.

crr6, how can you defend this?

Firefly_76 on June 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Please say hello to President Biden?

NaCly dog on June 17, 2011 at 10:36 PM

People don’t care that Obama sold guns to Mexican drug lords…

Whats another war?

tetriskid on June 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Here’s Harry Reid insisting that the War Powers Act doesn’t apply here, and even if it did, “this thing’s going to be over before you know it anyway.”

Reid must be quoting that section of the Constitution which says you can sidestep constitutionality if something will be over before you know it.

O_O

Bishop on June 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

There is no law, east of the Potomac.

Beto Ochoa on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Uh… new war with Syria to begin next week?

Wag the Dog Barry.

BKeyser on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

He’s now officially, a dictator.

capejasmine on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Before, he was just an ideologue with bad policies. Now he is in violation of his oath. Impeach.

Greek Fire on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Firefly_76 on June 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Same way it did when Obama issued waivers that it had no authority to do. By saying “oh well.”

lorien1973 on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

They told me if I voted for McCain I’d see a lawless regime but I never imagined this is what I’d see. He’s doing things Bush would never have dreamed about doing

Defector01 on June 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Disgraceful

Yeah. I think that a lot when thinking about Obama.

MeatHeadinCA on June 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM

“Thank you President Obama” — crr6

The congressional hearings began on Monday, I hope.

Assumption: the GOP has steely ones.

Obama is the most impertinent person the Earth currently holds. He fancies hiself and his of the monarch genus, not the butterfly kind.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Might this be the time when Code Pink and the GOP join hands?

BWAAAAAAA! What am I saying, those harpies are still staked out in Cheney’s front yard with their handcuffs.

Bishop on June 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Before, he was just an ideologue with bad policies. Now he is in violation of his oath. Impeach.

Greek Fire on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Heh. You think Boehner has the nads for that? Nah. I didn’t either.

MeatHeadinCA on June 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

crr6, how can you defend this?

Firefly_76 on June 17, 2011 at 10:35 PM

Commerce Clause?

We are delivering bombs to them…non the less
/

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

The only thing this post is missing is the mushroom picture on the front page.

So Teh One is doubling down? Hearings better begin on Monday. Get a spine Boehner. Between this and the Fast & Furious story, Obama should be a OTP via Impeachment.

conservative pilgrim on June 17, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Will he leave the White House on January 21st 2013, or will he pull the same crap?

katy on June 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

He purposely placed himself in this position. It’s a test for congress, will they be impotent weiners or get off their duff and call for impeachment?

tinkerthinker on June 17, 2011 at 10:42 PM

Impeach now and impeach often!

BadMojo on June 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Teflon president. If you disagree, you’re a “racist”.

Throw him out. If not, what you’ve experienced so far is just the hors d’œuvre of this megalomiacal maniac’s appetite for power. The guy is clinically NPD. Read the symptoms too.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Arrest him already! Our military is spineless at this point

swimcoachmike on June 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Well looks like they need to impeach him then.

djohn669 on June 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM

the rival legal analyses were submitted to Mr. Obama, who is a constitutional lawyer, and he made the decision.
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To be (a lawyer) or not to be..
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Is the President’s resume accurate when it comes to his career and qualifications? I can corroborate that Obama’s “teaching career” at Chicago was, to put it kindly, a sham.
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Consider this: 1. President Barack Obama, former editor of the Harvard Law Review, is no longer a “lawyer”. He surrendered his license back in 2008 possibly to escape charges that he “fibbed” on his bar application.

2. Michelle Obama “voluntarily surrendered” her law license in 1993.

3. So, we have the President and First Lady – who don’t actually have licenses to practice law. Facts.

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/03/to-be-lawyer-or-not-to-be.html
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Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission
of the Supreme court of Illinois
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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_orkXxp0bhEA/S4xiiyjW2CI/AAAAAAAAbNg/6Mv43RJ3ufk/s1600-h/100301-obama-ardc-1.jpg

canopfor on June 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Hearings? Yeah, AP they’ll get right on that.
They’re too busy trying to hold hands and get along, remember?

B Man on June 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Boehner will not start articles of impeachment because he doesn’t want to face the racism charges.

Yes, it is that simple.

darwin-t on June 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

They said if I voted for McCain we’d get a warmonger in office, and they were right.

stldave on June 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

megalomaniacal maniac’s appetite

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Same way it did when Obama issued waivers that it had no authority to do. By saying “oh well.”

lorien1973 on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

Yeah, we all know she wipes her butt with the constitution. But you’d think she’d appreciate the ramifications of unconstrained Presidential prerogative to bomb a country to oblivion without the authority or even consultation of the peoples’ representatives in Congress. *President Pailn* (cough, cough)

Firefly_76 on June 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Treasonous acts demand jail time.

JAIL TIME!!

madmonkphotog on June 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Reid must be quoting that section of the Constitution which says you can sidestep constitutionality if something will be over before you know it.

O_O

Bishop on June 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Should Congress bend over and think of England?

disa on June 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

In the spirit of Glenn Reynolds:

They told me if I voted for John McCain, the President would start illegal wars with any nation he pleased, without authorization from Congress.

KSgop on June 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

It’s coming from more than one side now. WPA, Gunrunning, heck – Daley can’t / won’t even defend his actions. Keep it coming boys and girls. He thought it was bad when ATMs ruined the economy. He can’t even keep his own party in line now.

Have a good time at that golf game tomorrow. I’d pay lots of money to hear the things Kasich has to say.

Yellowdog12 on June 17, 2011 at 10:47 PM

“When the President does it, that means it is not illegal.”

Mark1971 on June 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Impeach, yeah right. This current crop of GOP’ers have the collective sack weight of an infant, they’ll hem and haw and harumph but there is no way, NO WAY they will start proceedings against a black POTUS.

The GOP is scared to death as it is, you really think any of them would be willing to absorb the leftist and media heat that impeachment would bring?

Bishop on June 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Contumelious Peacock in Chief

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

And they worried that McCain would have his hand on the button.

multiuseless on June 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM

HOLY CRAP!

Can’t say we didn’t warn America.

WOW – Boehner better cancel the damn golf summit!

gophergirl on June 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM

E.J. Dionne, you sissy, this is why you should miss GWB.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM

I figure President Pitching Wedge thinks things will end hastily in Lybia with Gadaffi removed and will want sole credit for it to shore up his foreign policy cred. Be able to say that he fought the Republican Party the whole way who tried to refuse liberty and democracy to those under the boot of tyranny.

TendStl on June 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM

WOW – Boehner better cancel the damn golf summit!

gophergirl on June 17, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Smirk of the night

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:50 PM

Seriously. I don’t want to hear SHIT from Code Pink and the rest of them. Not SHIT.

Jim Treacher on June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

BWAAAAAAA! What am I saying, those harpies are still staked out in Cheney’s front yard with their handcuffs.

Bishop on June 17, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Being anti-war is so passe. Code Pink has better things to do now, like glitter bombing T-Paw for gay and reproductuve rights.

Firefly_76 on June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

The guy is clinically NPD. Read the symptoms too.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:44 PM

I wonder how Michelle and the girls put up with him.

disa on June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Leave him in office…things are only going to get worse for him once the media sees an opening.

Hammer him, embarras him and neuter him (figuratively). The only way Obama can’t do any more damage to this country and it’s reputation world-wide is to shut him down and shut him down cold. January 2013 will be the equivalent of the biggest ‘perp walk’ in history.

JetBlast on June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Ought to make the golf outing with Boehner interesting this weekend. And after 45 years of being reflexively anti-any U.S. military action, you know the liberal Dems who publicly don’t want to break with Obama and join Kucinich are secretly boiling over the fact that the smartest man in human history is about to get them stuck defending war in Libya going into the 2012 election.

jon1979 on June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

It won’t really be a scandal unless the media signs on to it.

Good luck with that.

trigon on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

The left went crazy when Bushes lawyers said waterboarding was legal. This somehow seems worse.

nazarioj001 on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

I hope GOP chases Koh and other wastrels as forcefully as the Left chased Yoo Feith and toher good men. This is nuclear.

promachus on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Obama’s subversion of war powers

The US is involved in ‘hostilities’ against Libya, which demands a vote in Congress. The president is in breach of the constitution
Friday 17 June 2011 17.58 BST
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In the case of Iraq, while a senator, Obama was inclined to a highly assertive consideration of the reach of congressional war authority.

In this context, that the Obama administration is now arguing US military involvement in Libya does not require authorisation from Congress is patently absurd.

In terms of both material support and strategy, the US is unquestionably engaged in hostilities against the Libyan regime.

The US political consensus on Libya has been weak and unconventional from the start, involving for example, cross-party alliances between normal polar opposites like Kucinich and Boehner.

However, by plying Congress with excuses devoid of truth and logic instead of attempts at consensus and engagement, the Obama administration is not only failing to lead,

it is asserting a profound,

hypocritical and dangerous expansion of executive power.

The American people deserve better.
(More…………..)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/17/obama-libya-war-powers

canopfor on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Oh and Rick Perry and/or Sarah Palin – here’s your opening. Get in now and jump on this!

gophergirl on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

I am sure there must be something in common with our current Community Organizer in Chief and every single banana republic dictator in the world…but I’m obviously missing it…

BadMojo on June 17, 2011 at 10:54 PM

He is the Constitutional Scholar, after all.

There’s almost too many great things to run against this guy on.

TexasDan on June 17, 2011 at 10:54 PM

“He killed ObL” — crr6

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Lawlessness.

AZCoyote on June 17, 2011 at 10:55 PM

It won’t really be a scandal unless the media signs on to it.

Good luck with that.

trigon on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

The blogosphere funnel cloud will suck them in.

disa on June 17, 2011 at 10:55 PM

He’s now officially, a dictator.

capejasmine on June 17, 2011 at 10:39 PM

He wants to be called King Obama.
I loathe this man.

tencole on June 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Mandamus time.

Jorge Bonilla on June 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM

The left went crazy when Bushes lawyers said waterboarding was legal. This somehow seems worse.

nazarioj001 on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

Yeah. Actual people are dieing at the hands of our iron fists while prisoners went back to their cells drying their faces off from being waterboarded.
No comparison other then the crickets are singing.

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 10:56 PM

Time for another candidate to jump into the Democrat Presidential Primary.

wren on June 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

He doesn’t believe the Constitution–separation of powers and all of that. He believes he won; therefore, he can do whatever he wants. He’s pushing them because he believes he can, and he will continue to do so as long as they let him.

Only question now (as it has always been), is anyone going to stand up to him and say “Enough!” and then do something about it?

UnderstandingisPower on June 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

lol Treach

Hey, lefties: Obama is killing people overseas illegally. He’s even worse than George Bush. And you trusted him! LOL, you’re dumb! LOL LOL

I spit my beer out…

TendStl on June 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I really want to hear that this little golf summit is canceled.

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

Hearings? Yeah, AP they’ll get right on that.
They’re too busy trying to hold hands and get along, remember?

B Man on June 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Plus they got this big golf game coming up. *sigh*

tencole on June 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

I wonder how Michelle and the girls put up with him.

disa on June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Michelle encourages him. She’s no different. The billionaire life for the carnival trash is great.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/jun/17/obama-libya-war-powers

canopfor on June 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

If you’ve lost the Guardian… Holy Cow!

Firefly_76 on June 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

wonder how Michelle and the girls put up with him.

disa on June 17, 2011 at 10:51 PM

I think it runs in the family. Like attracts like.

katy on June 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Already over forty comments and not one supporting Obama…..weird.

tencole on June 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

“Once is Happenstance. Twice is Coincidence. The third time it’s Enemy action”.

Seven Percent Solution on June 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Obama must be ‘impeached’ over Libya war
June 17 2011-6:18PM
*********************

A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has filed a lawsuit against U.S. President Barack Obama for taking military action in war-plagued Libya without the approval of Congress.

Now, calls have been raised in Washington to impeach President Obama for violating the War Powers Act, which requires congressional support for deploying U.S. forces overseas.

In an interview with Press TV’s U.S. Desk on Thursday, John V. Walsh, Member of the Green Rainbow Party of MA, said, “Congress should declare the war”.

He stressed that the case of Libya is even worse than the Iraq war for then-president George W. Bush deceived Congress about the basis of the war, citing weapons of mass destructions, but President Obama went ahead and bombed Libya and “did not even bother to lie to Congress”.

Walsh said that Obama “should be impeached” and there have been rumblings in congress about Obama’s impeachment for violating the “constitution and the self-governance of Congress”.

However, the White House claims that the president does not need congressional authority to act in Libya as U.S. forces are playing a supporting role.

http://www.presstv.ir/usdetail/185157.html

canopfor on June 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

The Administration argues that its operation is legitimated and limited by the U.N. Security Council Resolution. It does not really explain why it thinks this. But in any event, the “no danger to troops” theory, combined with the heavy reliance on the Security Council Resolution, suggest that the Administration is creating a principle of unilateral presidential war power for U.N.-sponsored interventions from a distance. In practice, this principle will likely favor humanitarian over national security interventions, since the U.N. is more likely to authorize a purely humanitarian intervention than one that has a more obvious U.S. national security interest. So the ambition of the Obama legal theory – or at least its effect – is to carve out a place for presidential war unilateralism for U.N.-sponsored humanitarian wars but not (for lack of a better phrase) national security wars. That ambition (or effect), unsurprisingly, dovetails with the commitments and preferences of some top Obama advisors.

NRO

That advisor, they note, is Samantha Powers.

When the First Citizen of the World agrees with the other Powers that Be that intervention is necessary, there is no need to consult a motley collection of nationalist legislators who just wouldn’t understand what their cosmopolitan betters have decided.

Wethal on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

I haven’t hear from our Secretary of State lately.
What’s her position?

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

High Crimes?

JohnGalt23 on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

He killed ObL” — crr6

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 10:55 PM

Where is our darling little troll?

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Contumely is indignant.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Shooting missiles at somebody isn’t “hostile,” it’s just an assertive form of disagreement.

Right, Barry?

AZCoyote on June 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM

Club him like a baby seal on it. We don’t want impeachment for obvious reasons. Just beat them down and throw them on the ash heap of history.

Southernblogger on June 17, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Impeach, yeah right. This current crop of GOP’ers have the collective sack weight of an infant, they’ll hem and haw and harumph but there is no way, NO WAY they will start proceedings against a black POTUS.

The GOP is scared to death as it is, you really think any of them would be willing to absorb the leftist and media heat that impeachment would bring?

Bishop on June 17, 2011 at 10:48 PM

Terrible to live in fear instead of doing the right thing!

tinkerthinker on June 17, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Already over forty comments and not one supporting Obama…..weird.

tencole on June 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Everyone has a little common sense in them.. It does surface once in a while.
No really.
/

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 11:01 PM

I haven’t hear from our Secretary of State lately.
What’s her position?

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Coiled like a rattlesnake waiting to primary his azz.

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

The left’s new bumper sticker:

Obama/Biden 2012

Worse Than Bush/Cheney 2012

Good Lt on June 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Impeach Obama Campaign!
===========================

Obama, the New Caesar
June 17 2011(No time stamp)

President Obama has crossed the Rubicon. He now believes – and acts – as if he is above the law; the Constitution no longer applies to him. This is the real meaning behind the U.S. military intervention in Libya. Mr. Obama is abrogating the linchpin of our democracy: the rule of law.

He is violating the War Powers Act. Passed in 1973, the law clearly stipulates that the commander in chief can only deploy U.S. forces for 60 to 90 days without congressional approval. He must then receive authorization from Congress. If he does not, he is usurping legislative authority and expanding the prerogatives of the executive branch – concentrating power in his hands, especially the most important act of all: war. In short, by flagrantly transgressing the War Powers Act, Mr. Obama has sparked a constitutional crisis. (Um, Mr. Kuhner, how about a little credit? – BJ.)

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, is demanding that the Obama administration explain why it has passed the deadline without seeking or getting congressional approval for the Libyan campaign. The White House’s response: Get lost. The administration sent a report to lawmakers defending the NATO-led Libyan war. For Mr. Obama, the War Powers Act does not apply because U.S. forces apparently are not engaged in “sustained hostilities” with troops loyal to strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Moreover, U.S. air and missile strikes are only being conducted in a “supporting” role. Hence, there is no need to have congressional buy-in.

This is postmodern humanitarian interventionism. According to the liberal apparatchiks in the White House, Mr. Obama can bypass Congress simply by redefining “hostilities.” War is no longer war. It is whatever Mr. Obama says it is – or isn’t. George Orwell warned that the perversion of language is the first step on the dark road to authoritarianism.

Mr. Obama’s policy contravenes our national interest, is inept, immoral and illegal. This is why members of Congress are in open revolt. A bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, Ohio Democrat, and Rep. Walter B. Jones, North Carolina Republican, have filed a lawsuit demanding that the courts force Mr. Obama to end the intervention in Libya. They are right. It is time Congress reined in an out-of-control administration. There is a growing alliance between conservative constitutionalists and anti-war liberals…

In addition, the hypocrisy of the liberal establishment is stunning. For years, progressives, such as Mr. Obama, railed against President George W. Bush. He was denounced as a “fascist” dictator and compared to Adolf Hitler for his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Bush lied, people died,” went the slogan. Yet, regardless of whether one supported those campaigns or not, Mr. Bush received congressional authorization…

http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obama-the-new-caesar/

canopfor on June 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Where is our darling little troll?

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

Chasing ambulances.

Schadenfreude on June 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

DSOTUS

That’s going to be one awkward round of golf, huh?

I suspect they’ll get along just fine. They have more in common with each other than they do with me.

FloatingRock on June 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

From the comments:

Obama has in fact brought us growth. When he started we were in two wars. Now we are in three. That is growth for you!

Heh!

Sharke on June 17, 2011 at 11:03 PM

Coiled like a rattlesnake waiting to primary his azz.

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

She’s tainted. That’s my take.
She should have left months ago. It would have been a resume enhancer. For the left anyway.

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Glen Beck said it today on his program. Hillary Clinton will run on the donkey ticket for president in twenty-twelve. Obama is going to self-destruct.

Has there ever been such a monumental failure at such a monumental scale?

the obama experiment has failed and will cost us for decades to come in blood and treasure.

carbon_footprint on June 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM

A fuhrer outranks any number of lawyers, dontch know?

HalJordan on June 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Look on the bright side, folks: if Palin gets elected she’ll be able to do absolutely anything she wants to.

(oh wait…that’s equally terrifying)

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Gadafi has made Obama look foolish

swimcoachmike on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM

canopfor on June 17, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Completely off topic…
Nice to see ya.

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Impeach Obama.

Saltysam on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM

That ambition (or effect), unsurprisingly, dovetails with the commitments and preferences of some top Obama advisors.

Wethal on June 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

That ambition dovetails with the one worlders and the Davos men. There is increasingly little sunshine between our political elites in the Democrat or Republican Party on these issues.

Firefly_76 on June 17, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Gadafi has made Obama look foolish

swimcoachmike on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Obama made Obama look foolish.

AZCoyote on June 17, 2011 at 11:06 PM

She’s tainted. That’s my take.
She should have left months ago. It would have been a resume enhancer. For the left anyway.

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Think about it for a minute. This is her BIG OUT.

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I’m kind of astonished – I mean I knew he did whatever he wanted but still to have a President – A PRESIDENT thumb his nose at his oath of office has left me speechless.

gophergirl on June 17, 2011 at 11:06 PM

Look on the bright side, folks: if Palin gets elected she’ll be able to do absolutely anything she wants to.

(oh wait…that’s equally terrifying)

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM

Yeah, like restore Constitutional authority…absolutely frightening.

Saltysam on June 17, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Gadafi has made Obama look foolish

swimcoachmike on June 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM

That is an understatement.
Gadafi has lasted longer then Saddam, military wise. Add I think he will live on…as long as Obama and the UN have their hands in this.

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Think about it for a minute. This is her BIG OUT.

katy the mean old lady on June 17, 2011 at 11:06 PM

I know. But then I think of Wiener and his big out. Timing is everything.

Electrongod on June 17, 2011 at 11:08 PM

CowBoy Upping Warrior in Chief Hopey the Fence Post
Turtle got done knocked off his post,er saddle!!

canopfor on June 17, 2011 at 11:09 PM

First of all Libya is not a humanitarian intervention. It’s got gobs of oil which the European powers are eager to excerpt. Don’t forget that they even released Lockerbie bomber on false pretenses so that they can get a pie in Libya. Fact is liberal interventionism is a theory designed to make sure US succumbs to European interests. The liberal argument is this: If US makes a war, its imperialism. If Europe makes a war for oil, it’s all ok and not backing it up would be isolationism. They just want to make sure the vast ornances of the US are used for Europe’s benefit.

promachus on June 17, 2011 at 11:09 PM

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