Monday, March 21, 2011

Apparently the rule doesn't apply to him...

I know I'm not the only one who remembers this statement in light of our country's current military action in Libya:

"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." - Sen. Barack Obama December 20, 2007.


Roger Mann said...

President Obama was correct in 2007 and absolutely wrong now:

“The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces” -- War Powers Resolution, Sect. 2 (c)

Since President Obama’s decision to attack Libya is not in response to “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States,” nor in response to “a declaration of war” or “specific statutory authorization” granted by Congress, he ought to be impeached for blatantly violating the law and initiating an unauthorized act of war against a sovereign foreign nation.

Here’s what one knowledgeable Law Professor has said:

“There should be no debating that absent a hostile invasion of our country, a forcible attack against our interests, or a clear threat against us so imminent that Americans may be harmed unless prompt action is taken, the United States should not launch combat operations without congressional approval.” -- Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

By the way (for all the Bush haters out there), President Bush did follow the law and receive Congressional authorization for military action prior to attacking Afghanistan and Iraq.

Authorization for Use of Military Force after 9/11

Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iraq

Reepicheep said...

Well said Roger.

Woody Woodward said...

I found it quite interesting that when this inept president of change finally decided to follow the French and the Britts into battle. That alone is a disgrace, but then he makes the stupid public statement, “We will soon turn things over to those in charge!” Who are you going to turn things over Mr. President? The French or the Brits, or the rag-tag troops on the ground? No one is in charge. No one even knows who is leading this heard of cats? Just like him to make such a ridiculous statement. Trying to be presidential, he makes plans without any plan at all.