In an act of political convenience, PATRIOT Act advocate, and current House Majority leader John Boehner has swiftly, and without-warning remembered portions of the founding document which the country was founded on.
Boehner released a letter on Tuesday directed toward President Obama in regards to his undeclared ‘humanitarian’ war in Libya, containing the following statement:
“The Constitution requires the president to ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ and one of those laws is the War Powers Resolution, which requires an approving action by Congress or withdrawal within 90 days from the notification of a military operation,”
The War Powers Resolution, passed in 1973 in response to outrage at the Vietnam conflict, permits Presidents 60 days to withdraw forces after conflict deployment, allowing for a maximum of 90 days if the President can “certify” in writing, that a conflict is an “unavoidable military necessity.” By that measure, the President is already in violation of the law – given that he explicitly cited a humanitarian motive for our intervention, rather than a necessity of national security.
“Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians That action has now begun.”
Yep, there you have it, straight from the bull’s ass, an international effort to provide protection to civilians in a war zone. That’s a humanitarian effort. Say what you will about humanitarian intervention, nation-building, or wars of ‘good will’… but they are not necessary for US security.
The trend of bypassing congress to play G.I. Joe really began when Truman bypassed congress to invade Korea; no war since World War 2, has been deemed an ‘actual’ war in an official congressional declaration.
Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution provides that “The president shall be Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States,” and it is under this broad statement that all of our ‘less-than-wars’ have been waged since then. It is also under this statement that the ‘living document’ crowd (Obama certainly fits in there) might seek to refute the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution.
Until that time though, the law is the law, and it’s expected of President Obama to uphold it in accordance with his office.
It’s excellent that the pressure of grassroots politics, from Tea Parties and libertarians alike, has forced the legislative process to at LEAST give lip-service to the Constitution, it’s a start… but it’s hard to believe that this is anything more than that. House Republicans earlier this month helped kill Democrat Dennis Kucinich’s bill that would have ordered Obama’s withdrawal from Libya, almost immediately. The bill had extensive support from Republican house members.
Boehner stated afterward that the vote on Kucinich’s bill was blocked so that the house could assess US role in Libya, however Politico quoted the following from a GOP staffer:
“[Boehner] is concerned that if this were to come to the floor now, it would pass,” we can’t have that, now could we? A bipartisan bill that ends foreign adventurism? Doh!
If Boehner, or other establishment Republicans for that matter, actually practiced what they preached, they wouldn’t just cherry pick statements from the constitution when convenient, and ignore portions when they are in opposition to the establishment agenda. There’s little doubt, whether Obama has to get a resolution from Congress or not, that the war will continue, and it will continue without a formal declaration of war… added to our growing list of ‘less-than-war’ wars.
Ahh, but down is up and up is down in the District of Confusion/Criminals/Control/Caligula/Chaos/Columbia.
Boehner for those of you unaware, has called the 4th-ammendment-trashing PATRIOT Act, “a critical tool used by our intelligence, military, and law enforcement professionals” … while failing to acknowledge the unconstitutional nature of the bill.
So much for your reverence for the constitution Mr. Speaker.