Friday, March 9, 2012

Giving voice to what we've known all along


Nearing the one-year anniversary of our kinetic Libyan military adventurism, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey and the Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta are testifying before Congress and in this case facing questioning from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) regarding the legal justification for military action against another country.



Jaw-droppingly stunning is the only term we can muster at this point.

"International legal basis", the U.N., NATO... and it can be definitively inferred, the Arab League, as was the case in Libya where we were protecting civilians, taking out military targets, assassinating foreign leaders, are all given as examples as legal justification for military action ahead of the United States Congress.

Panetta trots out the strawman of the right of the President to "defend this country if it's necessary". What direct threat did Libya pose and what direct threat does Syria pose to this country? None.

If you want to make the case that military action against those countries is justified as those same countries are state sponsors of terrorism, then fine... make the case before Congress. But that's not the case here and everyone knows it.

And shame on Congress for letting the Arab League nudge them out of the Constitution and being relegated to merely an "informed" body rather than an "authorizing" body.

It's certainly shaping up that Syria will be a Libyan redux where our Nobel Peace Prize-winning Commander-in-Chief will be currying favor outside our borders in order to expend resources from within our borders.

Just another fine moment there in the continuing erosion of our Constitution.


drozz said...

"My sight is failing," she said finally. "Even when I was young I could not have read what was written there. But it appears to me that that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they used to be, Benjamin?"

For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment.
-George Orwell, Animal Farm

I feel bad for the military. They now take orders from countries that openly despise them.

Road Dawg said...

Where is the liberal moral outrage? I know it's out there, but not getting any play.

Doo Doo Econ said...

Liberal moral outrage is an oxymoron. They fein outrage to protray themselves as victims, but are otherwise miseducated on moral issues.

Doo Doo Econ said...

"This group is broken" with regard to the Obama administration

Mutnodjmet said...

Thanks for highlighting the another inanity from this Administration. I hope that Americans everywhere appreciate how Team Obama is pissing on the Constitution and our national sovereignty this November.

Dean said...

drozz, outstanding.

"Broken" is a perfectly appropriate term.

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