Skip to comments.Tom McClintock on House Libya Resolution
Posted on 06/03/2011 8:51:25 PM PDT by Jim 726
House Floor Remarks, June 3rd.
Lets be clear: without prior Congressional authorization, under the War Powers Act, the President may only commit armed forces to hostilities for sixty days if there is a direct attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions or its armed forces.
There was none, so there is no sixty day clock and the Presidents unprovoked attack on Libya from Day One constituted an illegal and unconstitutional act of the highest significance.
If the President felt there was moral justification to attack Libya, he was constitutionally required to make his case to Congress and get its authorization. He did not.
Some say, were already committed; its too late for Congress to order a withdrawal without harming Americas reputation or undermining her allies. If we take that position, then we have just changed the Constitution to read as follows: The President may attack any country he wants for any reason he wants and the Congress has no choice but to follow.
The President has crossed a bright Constitutional line and this Congress has a clear moral and Constitutional duty to intervene.
If we fail to do so, we will have destroyed the work of the American founders by fundamentally changing the legislative and executive functions on the most momentous decision our nation can make and take our country down dark and bloody roads the American Founders sought to avoid.
Tom McClintock = My wife’s and I’s favorite politician.
Whenever we are allowed to vote in election for which he is a candidate - BAM! - instant vote from the both of us.
So, how’s your friend, Tom, going stop what I agree is an illegal activity by the Rectum-in-chief?
Was it Stalin who asked, “And how many divisions does the pope have?”
Impeach please. Sparky's grown to big for his own britches.
He is correct. Defense of our country can be broadly interpreted, and can include defense of our allies, so they will defend us when needed.
But the attack on Libya has absolutely none of that, as far as I can see. And Obama has made absolutely no attempt to explain it in those terms, either to the American people or to congress.
At one time, Kaddafi was involved in Islamic terrorism, but he turned away from that, and after being warned by Bush, gave up his attempt to get his hands on nuclear weapons and turned his attention elsewhere—mainly to seeking friendly relations with African states. Most of the Arab countries dislike him for that reason—and because he is in constant and obvious violation of many Islamic teachings. They were not pleased when he showed up at an Islamic summit with a personal security guard made up of young women in military dress and no veils.
Correct it is time to form the panel to draw the articles of impeachment.
I fully agree with Rep. McClintock. Even if the War Powers Resolution is cited 0baMao violated it from day one.