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We didn't lose the game; we just ran out of time. - Vince Lombardi

Thursday, March 31, 2011

An Honest War

It’s a good thing we have Barack Obama in the White House and not some evil Republican conducting a covert war and deceptively ... oh.

The Obama administration has sent teams of CIA operatives into Libya in a rush to gather intelligence on the identity, goals and progress of rebel forces opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, according to U.S. officials.

Such information has become more crucial as the administration and its coalition partners move closer to providing direct military aid or guidance to the disorganized and beleaguered rebel army. Officials said that, though no decision has been made, President Obama, in a covert finding, has authorized preparations to launch such an effort.

So much for not having boots on the ground.  If the CIA is on the ground and aiding the rebels, we are not engaged in a humanitarian mission (assuming you believed that bullshit to begin with).  We have taken sides in a civil war—and a side we really don’t know too much about.  Bainbridge comments that Obama is making Bush 43 look like an honest man.  Give Al-Jazeera credit; they called this one.  And they were right.

It gets worse though.  Alex mentioned Obama’s lack of transparency below.  Turns out transparency laws aren’t the only ones they have contempt for. Speak up, Mrs. Clinton:

The White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a classified briefing to House members Wednesday afternoon.

Clinton was responding to a question from Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) about the administration’s response to any effort by Congress to exercise its war powers, according to a senior Republican lawmaker who attended the briefing.

The answer surprised many in the room because Clinton plainly admitted the administration would ignore any and all attempts by Congress to shackle President Obama’s power as commander in chief to make military and wartime decisions. In doing so, he would follow a long line of Presidents who have ignored the act since its passage, deeming it an unconstitutional encroachment on executive power.

The contempt for the Constitution, the rule of law and Congress is simply staggering.  It’s one thing to claim War Powers for a temporary action; it’s another to say you will openly defy the Congress if they act against you.  And that sound of crickets you hear are on the Left, who objected all over the place when Bush attempted similar things.

And I’m sorry, GOP.  You were fucking warned.  We tried to tell you that when you bought into this “unitary executive” bullshit it would come back to bite you in the ass.  Consider your ass bitten.  Consider all of our asses bitten.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 03/31/11 at 09:00 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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