Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This popcorn moment brought to you by the Congressional Democrats

From Newsmax: Dems Rip Obama on Libya, Bring Up 'Impeachable Offense'

...nine liberal House members “strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during a Democratic Caucus conference call Saturday, two Democratic congressmen who took part told Politico.

“They consulted the Arab League. They consulted the United Nations. They did not consult the United States Congress,” a Democrat lawmaker said.

One of the nine Democrats, Rep. Kucinich, has publicly issued the strongest criticism of Obama. "President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn't have congressional authorization. He has gone against the Constitution, and that's got to be said," Kucinich told Raw Story in an interview on Monday.

“I'm raising the question as to whether or not it's an impeachable offense. It would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense.”

I guess a few Dems couldn't pivot out of anti-war mode quickly enough to get with the program. Good luck with that while you're busy looking for your missing district.

The Newsmax article also relates that it looks like yet another Obama promise just it its expiration date:
An Obama Flip-Flop

As an Illinois senator and presidential candidate, Obama himself strongly stated that the president can’t authorize military action without congressional approval unless it’s necessary to stop an imminent attack on the United States.

In a December 2007 interview, a Boston Globe reporter asked Obama under what circumstances the president would have the constitutional authority to bomb Iran without first seeking authorization from Congress.

“The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,” Obama responded.

Heh. Poor hippies. So, do you miss Bush yet?


Scott said...

The last thing I want to do is defend Obama (spit), but Commander-in-Chief means what it says, and no President worth his salt will give over that Constitutional role to Congress.

Certainly there should be policy debates both in Congress and in kitchens and living rooms across the country, but ultimately the responsibility for using the military belongs with the President.

Aaron said...

I agree Presidents can start wars but Congress should declare 'em to make them proper.

But, it IS fun to watch the sudden about face.

After all, Joe Biden was claiming this sort of action was an impeacable offense one administration ago...