Tapper asked Clinton, “Why not got to Congress?”
“Well, we would welcome congressional support,” the Secretary said, “but I don’t think that this kind of internationally authorized intervention where we are one of a number of countries participating to enforce a humanitarian mission is the kind of unilateral action that either I or President Obama was speaking of several years ago.”
Number of nations enlisted in the coalition that fought Bush’s “unilateral” war in Iraq that she and Barky were “speaking of (ie, demagoguing and lying about for their own political gain) several years ago”: 48. Number of nations enlisted in Ogabe’s pathetic coalition of the unwilling: 15, and dropping like a rock. Let’s not forget, either, that Bush went into Iraq after the flouting of 18 UN resolutions, a national debate that went on for more than a year, and an overwhelming vote in Congress authorizing force. Ogabe…well, you already know what he’s done here.
One was a President. The other is something else entirely.
What can one do but tip one’s cap to the outright brazenness of this shameless liar?
Update! I’ve been calling it “Obama’s illegal war for Europe’s oil.” There’s a reason I do that, you know.
So the good news is that exposure of U.S. forces in Libya will be carefully restricted. The bad news is the reason for this restriction: We’re just there to do a job for the Europeans.
That doesn’t mean we’re insincere about the moral case for intervention. But it does mean that, ultimately, we’re basing our military decisions on the wills of other governments. In fact, the Obama administration appears to be taking this idea one step further. Tapper asked Clinton to reconcile the Libya mission with two quotes from 2007. One was Obama’s: “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.” The other was Clinton’s: “If the administration believes that any—any—use of force against Iran is necessary, the president must come to Congress to seek that authority.”
Yesterday, looking back, Clinton explained the discrepancy this way: “I don’t think that this kind of internationally authorized intervention, where we are one of a number of countries participating to enforce a humanitarian mission, is the kind of unilateral action that either I or President Obama was speaking of several years ago.”
In other words, when the mission is “internationally authorized,” the president doesn’t have to consult Congress.
I’m no Tea Partier, but that sure sounds like a substitution of foreign for congressional authority. It’s worse than outsourcing. Outsourcing is when you hire somebody abroad to do what you want. In Libya, we’re doing the opposite. We’re hiring ourselves out to do what somebody abroad wants. We’re providing what Gates calls our “unique capabilities”—scores of Tomahawk missiles, tanking equipment, surveillance and reconnaissance systems—to an international coalition whose authority somehow replaces consultation with our elected representatives.
I don’t see any basis for that in the text or spirit of the Constitution.
Don’t waste any time looking for it — Ogabe and his minions sure didn’t. These lawless one-worlder despots care no more about that than they do about the will of the people, the approval of Congress, or the rule of law generally.
Any bets on how long it’ll be before the Ogabe team figures it can get away with new uniforms for the entire US military — ones that feature blue helmets and do away with the US flag sleeve patch?