Saturday, May 21, 2011

Obama... Pushing the Envelope of Progressive Statism

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

President Obama is either high on opiates or he really does think he is above the law. The 1973 War Powers Act is quite specific and it does limit the president's ability to to spend the nation's resources at will on military action against another sovereign state without congressional approval or a formal declaration of war.

As BO approaches the deadline he and his statist legal team are attempting to make the feeble case that the action in Libya is so limited it does not not require congressional approval for continuation. Here is what the president said in a letter to Congress today:

...President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.

“Since April 4,” the president wrote, “U.S. participation has consisted of: (1) non-kinetic support to the NATO-led operation, including intelligence, logistical support, and search and rescue assistance; (2) aircraft that have assisted in the suppression and destruction of air defenses in support of the no-fly zone; and (3) since April 23, precision strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles against a limited set of clearly defined targets in support of the NATO-led coalition's efforts.”

Anyone who understands the War Powers Act, and the role of the Congress ought to smell an executive power grab. This certainly reeks of it.


A senior administration official told ABC News that the letter is intended to describe “a narrow US effort that is intermittent and principally an effort to support to support the ongoing NATO-led and UN-authorized civilian support mission and no fly zone.”

“The US role is one of support,” the official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”

From the beginning of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress. The military intervention started on March 19; Congress was notified on March 21. Those 60 days expire today. {Read More}

Obama apparently believe he can have his cake and eat it too. So typical of the progressive statists, rather they be colored blue or red. This is just another attempt by the statist left to push the envelope. What Obama seeks is unbridled power. The only question that remains is whether a compliant and statist congress will oblige him.

Make no mistake, if BO wins this one all future statist regimes, whether they be democratic or republican will use the precedent to further their own agenda with respect to the foreign intervention of {their} choice.

Via: Drudge Report, 'Limited' US Role in Libyan War Means No Need For Congressional Authorization...


  1. What do you righties want Les? His response either isn't strong enough and kooks like McCain are clamoring for more. Or he's doing too much.

    Either nuke em or don't. Would that make yoiu guys happy?

  2. Most Reverend Truth 101 - Personally, I want the Impostor in Chief, Er president, to follow the rule of law. I realize this is difficult for the progressive do whatever feels right crowd to understand.

    But frankly I am tiring of your crowds lying bul*sh*t and frankly no longer care WTF you may think.

    Sorry if this doesn't make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside but as I said, "frankly my dear I don't give a damn." Any longer.

  3. Well, the question here falls on congress to ask. Right?

    They have to step up and do something.

    Technically, because this is now a NATO mission, we are obliged by treaty, and the President is breaking no law. So really, this question could be moot.

    But... I too, though, would like to see congress at least look into this Libya thing. If anything, just to make sure they're actually paying attention.

    So far, the 112th congress seems only focused on the 2012 elections and not on its constitutional responsibilities.


  4. JMJ - Leave it to the faithful sheeples of the progressive collectivist left to argue that international considerations or law superceeds the US Constitution.

    You a-holes love to have your cake and eat it too. Which is as al rational and logical individuals know is impossible.


    Good night dear...

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  6. Jersey said: "So far, the 112th congress seems only focused on the 2012 elections and not on its constitutional responsibilities."

    True! If they were really interested in the Constitution, they'd completely and quickly repeal Obama's attempt to destroy health care.


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