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Obama introduced resolution asserting Bush didn't have Congressional authorization to attack Iran
The Obama Report ^ | 3/24/11

Posted on 03/25/2011 12:52:44 AM PDT by Frankusa

In November of 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama introduced a Senate resolution stating that President Bush did not have Congressional authorization to use military force against Iran.

The resolution was drafted in response to an amendment passed in the senate in September of 2007 which designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Obama argued that the amendment could be used by President Bush to justify war with Iran.

Joe Biden's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, said at the time that Mr. Biden also believed the amendment could be used to justify military action against Iran.

The spokeswoman added, "[Sen. Biden] has also made clear many times his view that the president lacks the authority to use force against Iran absent authorization from Congress."

Here's a small snippet of Obama's 2007 Senate resolution:

Mr. REID (for Mr. OBAMA) introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations...

Whereas any offensive military action taken by the United States against Iran must be explicitly authorized by Congress: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that nothing in the... resolution [amendment] previously adopted, or any other provision of law.. shall be construed to authorize, encourage, or in any way address the use of the Armed Forces of the United States against Iran.

It should also be noted that while Obama asserted in a 2007 interview that "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," he stipulated that "the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States" and that "in instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act" unilaterally.

Since Iran is arming and training Iraqi and Afghan insurgents to murder U.S. troops abroad, an attack against Iran, clearly, can be construed as an act of self-defense. Bombing Iran's nuclear facilities can also be defined as such, especially if and when Iran reaches the threshold of nuclear weapons capability - if it hasn't already reached that point.

Conversely, attacking the Libyan regime is clearly not an act of self-defense, as was the case in the days of yesteryear.

This is not to suggest that Gaddafi is a kind-hearted and benevolent man, who is undeserving of punitive measures, nor is this an attempt to address the question as to whether the U.S. should or should not be bombing Libya. The point being made is that the President should have obtained congressional authorization before launching attacks on Libya, if he wished to abide by his own resolution and previous statements.

If the President, however, wished nothing more than to remain true to his hypocritical, flip-flopping ways, then the path he chose was undoubtedly the correct one.

Related Video: Obama to Bush: You do not have congressional authorization to attack Iran


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1 posted on 03/25/2011 12:52:54 AM PDT by Frankusa
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To: Nachum

Ping


2 posted on 03/25/2011 12:56:52 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

the left stream media is having a difficult time with all of this hypocrisy. It’s a position that they can not defend so they are attempting to shift the news focus elsewhere in hopes that people won’t notice that Obama is waging a war over oil under the guise of humanitarianism.


3 posted on 03/25/2011 1:07:47 AM PDT by RC one ("merchants have no country")
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To: Frankusa

Constitution???? What was tahr?


4 posted on 03/25/2011 1:08:24 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Obama Sucks)
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To: Frankusa
That must be one of the few things Obama ever did in the Senate.

Maybe the only thing.

5 posted on 03/25/2011 1:26:30 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Frankusa

This guy and his brand are getting old.


6 posted on 03/25/2011 1:37:01 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

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7 posted on 03/25/2011 1:58:43 AM PDT by tcrlaf (2012 Slogan: "You'd Have To Be Insane, To Vote For Hussein!")
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To: Frankusa

He’s good at making excuses and blaming others.


8 posted on 03/25/2011 2:11:53 AM PDT by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Frankusa

The gall this man has. He thinks he is god.

Our governing documents are meaningless to this jackass.

I also believe he is the epitome of lazy. 90 minutes before vacation, he tells congress he’s about to start a war. Then goes on vacation. Wasn’t this lazy POS just on Vacation in Hawaii and Asia? WTF?

Disrespectful? This prick is giving everyone in the US the middle finger.


9 posted on 03/25/2011 2:45:12 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: Frankusa
Kinetic ... military action. Hunh! What is it good for?
10 posted on 03/25/2011 2:59:37 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: Frankusa

obama is beyond despicable. He’s driven me to watch regular tv shows so I don’t have to see his face.

When Rush said yesterday that he loves the show, ‘The Good Wife,’ I agree because I watch it.

Prior to obama, I never watched tv shows like that.


11 posted on 03/25/2011 4:59:52 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: TigersEye

Kinetic ... military action. Hunh! What is it good for?


Eric Burdon and War should get busy to do a new version of their hit song...


12 posted on 03/25/2011 8:30:19 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

Thanks for the heads up Jet Jaguar

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Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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13 posted on 03/25/2011 8:37:07 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Frankusa

do as i say not as i do?


14 posted on 03/25/2011 2:28:01 PM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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