Skip to comments.Joint Chiefs Chair: We Aren't Authorized to Kill Benghazi Terrorists
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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The sick thing is that it is believable.
“L’etat c’est moi”. Welcome to Zimbawbwe West!
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.
That’s a giant steaming pantload of 0bama loafs.
To paraphrase my Tagline:
There are some ideas so absurd that only a liberal adminiatration could conceive them.
But they’re authorized to kill us.
We have an asymmetric gravitas situation here.
“...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....”
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.
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.
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.
Should be - Receive Fire, Massive Return Fire.
By the time to make the decision to shoot someone or not in combat, you’re dead...
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.
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.
Exactly.Return fire with every weapon that can be brought to bear on the target,until the target is obliterated.
I am way past being shocked, surprised or dumbfounded by anything this lawless administration does....
Return Fire with EXTREME PREDJUDICE.
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.
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?”
really??? then how is O killing all those baddies with drones??? Congress hasn’t passed any laws allowing that either
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?