Republicans Want to Pass ‘War Without End’ Bill

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


While the blogosphere obsesses over such foolishness as Newt Gingrich’s ridiculous campaign for president and Bristol Palin’s plastic surgery, a much more serious matter is unfolding on Capitol Hill.

Congress may soon vote on a new declaration of worldwide war without end, and without clear enemies. A “sleeper provision” deep inside defense bills pending before Congress could become the single largest gift of unchecked war authority from Congress to the executive branch in modern American history.

The new legislation that would grant the president and all presidents after him, sweeping new powers to wage war anywhere and everywhere. Unlike previous grants of authority for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the proposed legislation would allow a president to use military force wherever suspected terrorists are present in the world, regardless of whether they represent risk to U.S. citizens, or any attack on the United States is imminent.

Details of Section 1034 can be read here: [PDF].

So broad and far reaching is the legislation, that it will permit a president to use military force within the United States and even against American citizens — a clear violation of the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. The legislation contains no criteria to determine when a president’s authority to use military force would end or expire.

The bill, part of the National Defense Authorization Act, would allow the president to detain “belligerents” until the “termination of hostilities,” presumably at a camp like the one at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It also raises the possibility of endless detention for anyone who gets on the wrong side of a future administration, and would make the war on terror a permanent and limitless aspect of life on earth.

President Obama has not sought the new war authority. His administration has made clear that it believes it already has all of the authority that is needed to fight terrorism although, unfortunately, the Obama administration has used a similar definition of the “enemy” in legal papers.

If this draconian bill passes, I strongly urge President Obama to veto it.

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13 Responses to Republicans Want to Pass ‘War Without End’ Bill

  1. feminazi says:

    My guess is, Obama won’t veto it. He likes being a wartime president and with this bill, he will be able to go to war with Pakistan and Iran. Of course, at an economic level, this legislation will siphon off monies we don’t have to spend and will likely lead to the end of the USA as we know it.

  2. Gregg Youngblood says:

    Obama should recognize this as a setup for the “Right” to then accuse him of a power grab to keep them from “taking their country back”

  3. Marcus Ybanez says:

    The bank is empty. How can we possibly fund a perpetual war machine?

  4. Brigadoon says:

    War as religion. God help us all. Let’s see if Obama steps up and vetoes this bill. My guess is, he won’t. The newly repackaged he-man Obama is as bad as Bush and enjoys playing soldier from behind the safety of the desk in the White House Oval Office but without having to endure the risks.

  5. I'm Not Arnold Swarchenegger's Love Child says:

    I asked for pictorial evidence President Obama killed Osama bin Laden.

    Obama’s newly minted team of Blue Hawks called me a racist and a tool for daring to question the president. Under this bill, will I now be classified a and a “belligerent” and shipped off under cover of darkness to Guantanamo Bay?

    Please tell me liberals, how is this America?

  6. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    And, I thought that bill had already been passed. Why not just give the deed to the Country to the Military- Industrial Complex, and the rest of us can just go to Hell. This Country is Finished, anyway………………

  7. TOM339 says:

    America!

    God, mom, the flag, apple pie, and war. Relentless, unending war.

  8. DMason says:

    The United States is addicted to war. The Pentagon and the military generals reject the notion of peaceful co-existence. They are the so-called “realists.” They fuel and fund the military, industrial complex and it’s inter-woven position with the US economy. They actively pursue conflict and if one doesn’t exist, they will create it. I know President Obama is riding high these days. He’s the man who killed Osama bin Laden but let’s be clear. It is President Obama who with the attack of Libya, in my view, guaranteed our legacy as a nation perpetually at war.

  9. Jolly Roger says:

    Does it matter, really? Our end may come as early as August. Or it may come a few months, or a couple of years, after that. But it’s coming.

  10. Adirondacky says:

    The neocons will keep sucking the life-blood out of this country until there is nothing left except a few trinkets in the Smithsonian to remind visitors of what the USA used to be prior to Vietnam. Too bad Obama and the GOP care so little about the country they are leaving behind for their children and grandchildren.

  11. Joe in Colorado says:

    The cost of being “perpetually at war” will destroy this country. It will bleed us dry and cause us to fail badly. Why can’t the US get it through our brains we’re not the only Super Power on earth today? If by definition, a Super Power is a country with nuclear weapons, we’re one of a dozen in 2012.

  12. mauigirl says:

    This is horrendous. Sadly, I don’t think Obama will veto it. And Joe in Colorado is right – it will bleed us dry, which is exactly what the GOP wants – then we can’t afford all that nasty socialistic stuff like Medicare and Social Security. Starving the beast, as they call it.

  13. Kathy says:

    I will admit I am not totally against war. But, in every war there is a time and a place with a legitimate reason to fight said war. Don’t even look for God in a war unless Jesus Christ Himself leads the war, at which time you will know what side to be on. However, the United States has become a big bully and is unleashing rights to conquer, control, and mandate the world without restraint. Now, our government is allowing for war to be waged by this country on its own citizens. Foul Play I yell. This is getting totally out of hand. We The People need to stand up, Speak out, and take our country back to what is was meant to be. And, it is not this new creation of a new country taking place since Obama was put into office.

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