Friday, March 18, 2011
After waiting until the United Nations Security Council approved a “no-fly zone” for Libya, the United States acted unilaterally and announced Friday it will deploy amphibious ships to the Mediterranean, part of the Obama administration’s plans for responding to ongoing violence in Libya.
The USS Bataan Amphibious Group, based in Virginia, won’t deploy for nearly a week — on March 23, “ahead of its original schedule in order to relieve units from the USS Kearsarge (Amphibious Ready Group) currently positioned in the Mediterranean Sea,” according to an Obama White House statement.
It remains unclear to many, how the U.S. will fund its latest military action.
Shortly after taking office, Mr. Obama appointed a debt reduction commission that quickly became known colloquially as the “Cat Food Commission.” Led by retired, far right conservative, Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, the commission attempted to cut Social Security benefits and make it more difficult for Americans to access benefits. Simpson even referred to Social Security “300 million tits on a cow.”
On Feb. 11, 2011, U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner notified Congress that sometime between April 5th and May 31th, 2011, the Federal government will reach its debt limit — the level of debt Congress has authorized for the borrowing that meets obligations ranging from Social Security to our seemingly endless war expenses, as well as interest payments for Chinese creditors.
So naturally, it is of keen interest to bloggers, journalists and just regular American citizens who have been asked to sacrifice, just how President Obama intends to pay for our latest military soiree, this time, in Libya?
And what about Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution? Article 1, Section 8 reads in part: (the) Powers of Congress shall pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense. How can President Obama make a decision that appears on the merits to ignore this nation’s guiding document?
However, what all Americans must watch for is the dreaded mission creep. We cannot allow Mr. Obama to send U.S. ground troops into Libya.