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Obama First POTUS To Defy ‘War Powers’

From our old friend Jake Tapper at ABC News:

President Obama’s Libya Intervention Hits 60-Day Legal Limit

May 20, 2011

The legal license President Obama used to justify U.S. military intervention in Libya expires today, and there’s little sign the White House is working quickly to get it renewed.

Actually, as we noted last week, the White House has proudly announced that they were simply going to ignore the War Powers law. They said they might try to find a "plausible theory" to get around the law.

But it’s clear now that they can’t even be bothered to do that. Even though the New York Times offered them several helpful suggestions.

Exactly two months ago, Obama notified Congress of his unilateral decision to engage in "limited military action" to help defend the Libyan people from attacks by their leader, Moammar Gadhafi.

But under federal law — the War Powers Resolution of 1973 — Obama is only allowed to keep U.S. forces engaged in hostilities for 60 days, unless Congress declares war, authorizes funding for the effort or extends the deadline.

Congress has not enacted legislation authorizing military involvement in Libya, and the White House has not made a public effort to comply with the rule.

Experts say this is the first time an American president has defied the War Powers Resolution’s deadline for participation in combat operations without any concurrent steps by Congress to fund or otherwise authorize the role.

And yet nobody is even bothering to report this. Apart from Mr. Tapper and CNN. Apparently this is not newsworthy according to the AP or the New York Times or the Washington Post.

While every administration since 1973 and some lawmakers have questioned the constitutionality of the resolution’s infringement on executive power, it has not been successfully challenged in court and remains the law of the land

We should know by now that Mr. Obama is not particularly concerned about following "the law of the land."

With the House of Representatives on recess and Obama headed to Europe next week, many observers don’t see a speedy resolution to the issue and expressed disappointment at the impasse

Congress is in recess even though have surpassed the debt limit, and according to the Democrat Party, we are facing a financial Armageddon? (In any case, you really have to wonder how can Congress cause so much damn trouble when they are always on vacation.)

Forty percent of Americans oppose U.S. military involvement in Libya, and among those, 65 percent disapprove of his handling of the situation so far, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted last month

Forget the polls. Where is Code Pink? Where is Cindy Sheehan? Where is the media outrage at this out of control warmonger in the White House?

Even that ‘cowboy’ war criminal George Bush never went to war without Congressional approval.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 20th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Obama First POTUS To Defy ‘War Powers’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    The common response to this news is “I don’t care; Obama is awesome!”

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    We need to see the picture of Der Leader flipping us the middle finger.
    Steve, hook us up please!

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And thus, we have reached the source of more than half the nation’s contempt for Hambone. It started with his petulance, his arrogance and his narcissism and escalated from there. From commandeering GM and Chrysler, to denying oil drilling and putting thousands out of work, it became intuitively obvious to even the most casual observer that this “president” is no leader, but instead an angry man-child who needs to be taken to the woodshed. Repeatedly.

    He’s spoiled, he’s a liar and he’s a fool. Admittedly a clever fool; But a fool nonetheless if he thinks he’s going to cram universal healthcare down our throats and get away with ruining the economy and defying the law whenever he deems it convenient for him. Because although the news may not report it and the courts may not enforce it, history has a way of documenting all the bad that he’s done and is doing and it won’t take long for the truth to come out. In fact, much of it is coming out already, thanks to websites like this and others. It cannot be denied.

    Conservative America is alive and well and living all over this great land and when a person who at one point was unemployed and voted for Hambone and yet, so many years later is still out of work, they tend to examine why and the answer will always come back to the boy who sits in the president’s chair. This, after said unemployment recipient cycles through the typical “evil capitalism”, to shifting the blame to Bush, to many other things that have nothing to do with it. Ultimately the blame will arrive at its most correct place, at the feet of Barry the Magnificent.

    Being unemployed and for so long has to have an effect on the people without jobs who want one. For one thing, although many have been given extended unemployment payments, they are still a far cry from the money they used to make when working and they may need a new(er) car, or are missing those trips to the restaurant they used to go to, or being able to buy a gift for the spouse. At the root of most domestic problems is money. It has been chronicled in many studies concerning divorce and domestic unrest. Oddly, I’ve not seen many news articles on the uptick trend in divorce these days due to the sour economy, usually a tag that goes along with “typical” recessions. Well, we’re in a full-blown depression and I have yet to see or hear about any rise in domestic problems. In fact, the papers have been saying that “unemployment is good” by allowing “families to spend more time together instead of working”.

    In spite of the obvious logic-gap, it also advertises the media’s fervent wish that the first non-white president not be an utter bumbling failure which, by accident or design, also makes them complicit in a push towards a socialist nation. I think the latter.

    As has been said so many, many times, “Be careful what you wish for…”

  4. sheehanjihad says:

    Cindy Sheehan is currently laying on a curb in Modesto sniffing bus fumes and trying to sell used chewing gum as ” momentos to the Bush years” while barking at passersby and demanding to “see their papers”.

    Remember! Obama can do whatever Obama wants! He’s the greatest! (the greatest failure in the history of this country).

    Code Pink is trying to think of a way to be critical of Obama without showing their hypocrisy or being accused of the same things they accuse everyone else of. Racism, Homophobia, Islamophobia….ect ect ad nauseum.

    Can’t do it though….Barry has marginalized almost all of the left….by trapping them in their own agenda! They can’t say or do squat without exposing themselves as the rabid liars they were then under Bush…and are now under Bomama.

    It’s rich! Stupid morons hoisting themselves on their own petards….while Barry whistles us down the path of total destruction.

  5. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Impeach! It is a far more flagrant offense then firing Edwin M. Stanton in violation of the Tenure of Office Act. If nothing else the nation will hear the constitutionality of the War Powers Act. If deemed Constitutional, Obolshevik is gone. If not, we have clarity on the Constitution. It is a win-win.

  6. proreason says:

    If this criminal doesn’t deserve to be impeached, nobody ever will.

  7. Petronius says:

    Compliance with the War Powers Resolution is deemed.

  8. tranquil.night says:

    New Name for the (just expired) Kinetic Military Operation: Static Helpers in African Territory.

    Tell the MBM that 60 more days are on the clock for Operation SHIAT, will you Jay?

  9. Mithrandir says:

    It’s simple, cut off all funding for this dictator not as a deterrent, but as punishment. Or make retro-active cuts to budgets he likes. “Well, if you wouldn’t have disobeyed the law with the new black panthers, you would have money for your pet-projects….blame yourself.”

    ~~but I am DREAMING, Republicans would never make a ‘gutsy call’ to hold someone’s feet to the fire.

  10. Papa Louie says:

    Does anyone think the press or code pink would be this quiet if it was George Bush thumbing his nose at the War Powers Act?

  11. Right of the People says:

    One thing to remember when dealing with the boy king that we all should have learned early on. “I won!”

    Once you understand that, everything else makes sense. With the huge majority he overwhelmed McLame with he of course was handed a mandate to implement all of his programs. He is all mighty and omnipotent. Compared to his awesome intellect, we all are morons. Never forget that, he knows what is best for all of us. (very extreme sarcasm)


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