In order to deflect the fact that he has not complied with the War Powers Act or the Constitution by unilaterally going to war in Libya without the authorization of Congress, President Obama has chosen an interesting tactic - he is denying the existence of the war:
The White House, pushing hard against criticism in Congress over the deepening air war in Libya, asserted Wednesday that President Obama had the authority to continue the military campaign without Congressional approval because American involvement fell short of full-blown hostilities.
In a 38-page report sent to lawmakers describing and defending the NATO-led operation, the White House said the mission was prying loose Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s grip on power.
In contending that the limited American role did not oblige the administration to ask for authorization under the War Powers Resolution, the report asserted that “U.S. operations do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve U.S. ground troops.” Still, the White House acknowledged, the operation has cost the Pentagon $716 million in its first two months and will have cost $1.1 billion by September at the current scale of operations.
I see. All those bombs we're dropping on Libya means we are NOT at war there...let me ponder that for a second......
Arrrrrrgh !!!!. I can't take it anymore !!! This President who would be King is an absolute joke, and a shameless liar !!!. Let's get hiim out of office !!! And FYI, Democrats - This is what a REAL unitary executive looks like.
Adding to the ridiculous lies is King Obama's Press Secretary, Jay Carney, who has quickly perfected the art of spouting utter bullcrap with a straight face. When Carney was asked if were in a war with Libya, he said no, "it is use of military force in concert with our allies". I'm not sure how that is different than war. Maybe I don't understand because I didn't go to Harvard. The White House is trying to say it's not a war as long as we don't have troops on the ground in Libya. Using that absurd definition, we could destroy the rest of the world with nukes and still say we're not at war, though I rather doubt the destroyed world would see it the same way.
Press Secretary Carney also claims the White House has "consulted" and "informed" Congress about Libya on several occasions, as if that is some kind of excuse. The Constitution and the War Powers Act doesn't say the President must consult or inform Congress. They say Congress must authorize the military action, unless the country is under threat.
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) did a good job of summarizing Obama's Libyan war that isn't during the New Hampshire GOP debate:
JOHN KING, CNN: Congresswoman Bachmann, should the president have supported and joined more U.S. presence, but now a NATO operation? Was that the right thing to do? Is that in the vital national interest of the United States of America?
BACHMANN: No, I don't believe so it is. That isn't just my opinion. That was the opinion of our defense secretary, Gates, when he came before the United States Congress. He could not identify a vital national American interest in Libya...First of all, we were not attacked. We were not threatened with attack. There was no vital national interest. I sit on the House Select Committee on Intelligence. We deal with the nation's vital classified secrets.
We to this day don't yet know who the rebel forces are that we're helping. There are some reports that they may contain al Qaeda of North Africa. What possible vital American interests could we have to empower al Qaeda of North Africa and Libya? The president was absolutely wrong in his decision on Libya.
There was no threat from Libya, yet here we are, three months into a war that King Obama said would last "days, not weeks", and there is still no authorization for it from Congress. The lying Obama also said regime change was not the goal of the Libyan War, but, of course, regime change IS the goal.
And all the media can talk about is Anthony's Weiner, or the clueless Obama believing ATM machines are causing high unemployment. Yes, Weiner's a skeevy creep and Obama's a clown, but how about we talk about our President lying through his teeth and violating the law ? Isn't that a bit more important ?
I'm happy to report that not everyone is Congress is sitting on their hands on this issue. A bipartisan group of House members have filed a lawsuit against Obama's illegality:
"With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated. We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio.), who led the 10-member anti-war coalition with Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C).
Way to go, House members. The law was violated, and the last time I checked, the President wasn't supposed to be above the law.
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