Thursday, March 24, 2011
Barry may wish he stayed in South America because he’s returned to Washington and a perfect political storm over his foolish and arguably unconstitutional military campaign to go to war with Libya.
Five days into a mission Obama started while out of the country on a trip to South America and Central America, criticism of the White House’s handling of the Libyan crisis reached a new peak as military leaders hedged on when the U.S. would handover leadership to its allies.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) fired the opening salvo Wednesday, asking whether the White House had settled on any benchmarks for success for its campaign, which the Speaker said had not been clearly defined to the country, the U.S. Congress or the troops.
“I and many other members of the House of Representatives are troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America’s role is in achieving that mission.
Four days after the start of the bombing and no-fly zone operation, several senior uniformed and civilian Pentagon officials said the U.S. would hand command to an organization led by other nations within a few days.
But by Wednesday, two senior U.S. military officials refused to commit to a time and date when discussing the handover.
“We are in the process of working through a new command-and-control structure” with allied nations, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said during a breakfast meeting with reporters in Washington.
Even more alarming is the quote from the current commander of coalition forces, U.S. Africa Command Army Gen. Carter Ham, who said Tuesday that he “would not put a date certain” on the transition.
All of which calls into question the constitutionality of Mr. Obama starting what by any definition has all the markings of a war without first going before the U.S. Congress for approval.
According to Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, the president does not have the legal authority to take the nation to war. Only the U.S. Congress can do this.
Which leads to Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). Kucinich is asking if Obama’s failure to consult Congress before launching “Operation Odyssey Dawn” qualifies as an impeachable offense.
“I raised the question of constitutional limitations on executive power. This is an urgent debate for this country to have.”
It’s reassuring to know at least one member of the U.S. Congress is paying attention.