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Joint Chiefs Chair: We Aren't Authorized to Kill Benghazi Terrorists
CNS News ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey

Posted on 01/15/2014 4:40:00 PM PST by mandaladon

When can President Barack Obama use military force against Libyans without prior authorization from Congress and when can he not? In response to a question from Rep. Michael Conaway (R.-Texas), Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a closed session of a House Armed Services subcommittee in October that the military cannot kill the terrorists who attacked the State Department and CIA compounds in Benghazi, Libya, because Congress has not authorized the use of force against those terrorists.

"Therefore, they will have to be captured," Dempsey said in a transcript of the testimony released this week.

In 2011, by contrast, Obama did not defer to Congress — which represents the American people and is vested with the constitutional power to authorize the use of military force — when he ordered the U.S. military to intervene in Libya's civil war. Instead he invoked the authority of the United Nations Security Council — where Russia and the People's Republic of China have veto power.

"[T]he writ of the international community must be enforced," Obama said then.

Ten years before Obama unilaterally ordered the U.S. military to intervene in Libya's civil war, President George W. Bush secured congressional authorization to use military force against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the American homeland.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: benghazi; benghazy; hillary; notsatire; obama
Unbelieveable!!!
1 posted on 01/15/2014 4:40:00 PM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

The sick thing is that it is believable.


2 posted on 01/15/2014 4:42:48 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: mandaladon

“L’etat c’est moi”. Welcome to Zimbawbwe West!


3 posted on 01/15/2014 4:43:57 PM PST by littleharbour ("All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. ~ James Madison)
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To: mandaladon

Smells like Valerie Jarrett, however, live capture would incriminate team Barry because they’ll surely talk and spill the beans about the grand plan by the MB.


4 posted on 01/15/2014 4:44:54 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: mandaladon

That’s a giant steaming pantload of 0bama loafs.


5 posted on 01/15/2014 4:45:05 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: mandaladon

To paraphrase my Tagline:

There are some ideas so absurd that only a liberal adminiatration could conceive them.


6 posted on 01/15/2014 4:45:53 PM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: mandaladon

But they’re authorized to kill us.

We have an asymmetric gravitas situation here.


7 posted on 01/15/2014 4:48:36 PM PST by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: mandaladon

“...Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told...that the military cannot kill the terrorists who attacked the State Department and CIA compounds in Benghazi, Libya, because Congress has not authorized the use of force against those terrorists....”
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Oh, gag me with a spoon...has the Obama Administration requested such “authorization” if it is truly needed? Obama never asks for authorization for any other thing he wants to do.


8 posted on 01/15/2014 4:49:07 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: CIDKauf
The sick thing is that it is believable.

These ass hats are probably looking to charge Pearl Harbor survivors with criminal activity, because they fought back against the Japanese, without being authorized to do do. What A holes.

9 posted on 01/15/2014 4:53:11 PM PST by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: mandaladon

Dempsey is a coward and since he joined Obama’s version of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also a complete fool (look at the implosion of the military under his feminization policies).

Damned. Gen. Westmoreland is looking more like a fighting genius than Dempsey ever was.


10 posted on 01/15/2014 4:53:41 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: mandaladon
Stupid ROE!!!!

Should be - Receive Fire, Massive Return Fire.

11 posted on 01/15/2014 4:55:17 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

By the time to make the decision to shoot someone or not in combat, you’re dead...


12 posted on 01/15/2014 5:02:52 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

In the old days of reality, the commander on the ground made the final decision whether to engage or not.

Today, it takes the JCS to have a meeting to decide whether to kiss the enemy’s ass or just bow.

My son was allowed to kill terrorists in Iraq except when they were using civiians as human shields. Once they let the hostages go, it was hunting time.


13 posted on 01/15/2014 5:20:29 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: mandaladon

The old expression in the military was “F*** me running!”

The sentiment being, ‘I can run but they’ll still get me...’

Sheesh. The lawyers will chime in on right-to-self-protection. Fundamental.

It doesn’t mean that there’s anyone there to help.

Kit


14 posted on 01/15/2014 5:24:03 PM PST by KitJ (Shall not be infringed)
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To: SandRat

Exactly.Return fire with every weapon that can be brought to bear on the target,until the target is obliterated.


15 posted on 01/15/2014 5:30:32 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: mandaladon

I am way past being shocked, surprised or dumbfounded by anything this lawless administration does....


16 posted on 01/15/2014 5:31:33 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Farmer Dean

Return Fire with EXTREME PREDJUDICE.


17 posted on 01/15/2014 5:34:24 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: mandaladon

so you are being attacked and all you can do (by some one’s orders) is asked them to let you capture them?

What the hell has happened to our military leadership in 5 short years? Makes me scared for our defense.


18 posted on 01/15/2014 5:38:50 PM PST by llevrok (Obama 2008 : "If you vote for me, you can keep your country")
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To: House Atreides

Anything is possible in a land where a Congresswoman asks a 4-star General in Congressional hearing the question “if you put 8,ooo troops with equipment, hummers, other vehicles on Guam, are you afraid that the island might capsize?”


19 posted on 01/15/2014 5:50:52 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: mandaladon

really??? then how is O killing all those baddies with drones??? Congress hasn’t passed any laws allowing that either


20 posted on 01/15/2014 6:26:48 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

As well as sign an executive order to close Gitmo in 1 year, and it is not closed... ignored his own order! Or giving exceptions to organizations, unions, etc... from the Affordable Care Act which makes him the King? Or “we are not going to enforce federal marijuana laws” ... really?


21 posted on 01/16/2014 7:37:18 PM PST by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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