Skip to comments.Good news: Two days later, Obama finally notifies Congress about Libya operations
Posted on 03/21/2011 4:19:23 PM PDT by Nachum
Amazing. Not that The One would try an end-around Congress; thats been his policy M.O. ever since the GOP took back the House. No, whats amazing is that President Present took sole ownership of this very risky mission instead of forcing Congress to share the blame by demanding an authorization for the operation. If he had gone to Reid and Boehner and asked for an AUMF, hed have a good chance of getting one. Progressives would have been nervous about another adventure and some tea partiers would have balked at the cost, but Democrats wouldnt want to defy a president whos up for reelection next year and Republicans wouldnt want to undermine their hawkish credentials. It probably would have passed. (As I right this, the British House of Commons has approved the UKs airstrikes by a vote of 557-13.) And if it didnt, even better: Then Obamas completely off the hook for whatever might unfold in Benghazi as Qaddafis troops roll in. If 100,000 people get put to the sword, hey go complain to Congress. The White House wanted to act but that damned Article I tied his hands.
Instead, what we have now are a few sincere constitutionalists and war opponents complaining about Obamas power grab alongside a bunch of others who are grandstanding even though many of them surely preferred not to be consulted beforehand. Most pols dont like to take tough votes and this one would have been exceptionally tough: Vote yes and youll be blamed for whatever evils emerge from the post-Qaddafi Pandoras box, vote no and youll be blamed for greenlighting a Qaddafi-led massacre of Libyan civilians. Obama, in full cowboy mode, spared them that difficulty and gosh, are they angry about it. Whatever.
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Bush would have been impeached by now.
Impeach that slithering POS..
Adventurist Unilateralist Cowboy Diplomacy Obama. It has a certain ring to it.
He did it within 48 hours. Forget it. He's still a POS.
There are lots of reasons to dislike Zero.
This ain’t one of them.
Not doing it a month ago unilaterally is.
But at the end of the day he’s C-in-C and Congress can sit and spin.
Impeach and remove from office, now!
It may be that a Secretary of State who shall be unnamed handed this hot potato(e) to him. Opening the door for a Biden accession and a Hillary one too.
I was so tired of those illegal, evil wars terrorizing women and children of color.
I feel much better now.
Did you hear Kucinich on B OReilly tonight? He said O isn’t a king, he’s the president and congress wasn’t informed. Never thought I’d agree with DK on something like this.
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day ;)