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Hillary Authority Needed For Iran, Not Kosovo

From those fans of nuclear proliferation at the AFP:

Senators warn Bush has no authority on Iran

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Thirty US senators wrote to President George W. Bush Thursday, warning he had no authority to launch military action against Iran, and expressing concern about the administration’s “provocative” rhetoric.

The senators, 29 Democrats and one independent, urged the resolution of disputes with the Islamic Republic through diplomacy.

“We wish to emphasize that no congressional authority exists for unilateral military action against Iran,” the letter signed by senators including presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Joseph Biden said…

It hit out at “provocative statements and actions” by the administration on Iran, after Bush last month warned Tehran must be barred from nuclear weapons to avoid the prospect of “World War III.”

“These comments are counterproductive and undermine efforts to resolve tensions with Iran through diplomacy,” the letter, coordinated by Virginia Senator Jim Webb, said…

Well, Mrs. Clinton, exactly what “congressional authority” existed for your husband’s unilateral military action against Kosovo?

Mr. Clinton “had no authority,” not from the United Nations, not from the US Congress, but he went ahead and attacked another country anyway.

Indeed, Mr. Clinton violated the 1973 War Powers Resolution for failing to officially report to Congress on his military actions against Yugoslavia within the mandated forty-eight hours.

Moreover, in May 1999 Congress voted 427 to 2 against a declaration of war with Yugoslavia, voted to prohibit funding for ground elements, and denied support for the ongoing air campaign.

Nevertheless, Mr. Clinton continued the war in Kosovo. And Mrs. Clinton still says she is proud of that decision.

Readers will recall our article about Mrs. Clinton’s appearance before the harridans of Code Pink, where she defended her vote for invading Iraq:

With respect to whose responsibility it is to disarm Saddam Hussein. I just do not believe that given the attitudes of many people in the world community today that there would be a willingness to take on very difficult problems were it not for the United States leadership.

And I’m talking specifically about what had to be done in Bosnia and Kosovo, where my husband could not get a Security Council Resolution to save the the Kosavar Albanians from ethnic cleansing. And we did it alone as the United States. And we had to do it alone.

It would have been far preferable if the Russians and others had agreed to do it through the United Nations. They would not.

I’m happy that in the face of such horrible suffering we did act. And so I see it somewhat differently, if you’ll forgive me, from my experience and perspective.

Of course it is one thing to wage war to protect Muslims from Christians and a genocide that never seems to have happened. But it is quite another thing to seek to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of a madman.

We can’t do that.

Please bear in mind, this woman wants to be our nation’s Commander In Chief.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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