On Libya

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on March 24, 2011

A few quick notes on our "kinetic military action" in North Africa:

  1. Is anyone surprised that the same administration that gave us "overseas contingency operations" and "man-caused disasters" would come up with "kinetic military action" to describe airstrikes against Libya?
  2. I've read all about the War Powers Act (and the debates over its constitutionality) and I'm familiar with the constitution's limits on presidential powers to wage war (Congress has the power to declare war, not the president). I've come to the conclusion that the attack on Libya is illegal. This puts me in agreement with Rep. Dennis Kucinich. This is one of the signs of the apocalypse.
  3. When I say the "kinetic military action" against Libya is illegal, I mean specifically under U.S. law--the only one that matters when the U.S. military is involved. The U.N. has approved the attack. While reading a left-wing website earlier this week making the case that the president's failure to get congressional approval was a potentially impeachable offense, one commenter said that unlike Bush's wars, the U.N. had approved Obama's military action. The idea that the largely unrepresentative U.N.--a conglomeration of autocracies and thug regimes--is all the authority a U.S. president needs (and the only real, valid source of authority) is outrageous.
  4. No, Obama isn't going to get impeached for this. Why? Three words: President Joe Biden.
  5. Speaking of double standards, here's good o'l foot-in-mouth Joe in 2007 when there was talk of President Bush potentially striking Iran's nuclear program:

How's that for consistency?

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