White House Faces Perfect Political Storm Six Days into Libya

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.

In a letter to Obama, Boehner said:

“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.

Kucinich said about Obama’s overreach:

“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.

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14 Responses to White House Faces Perfect Political Storm Six Days into Libya

  1. Harry says:

    Obama is a real piece of work. The sooner he’s out of office the happier I will be.

  2. D@vid says:

    I suppose he should have just blown smoke up everyone’s ass… got everyone in a panic…. then lied about it… like Bush did… $1.? trillion dollars later. If Bush did this, everyone would be printing another bumper sticker (perhaps ‘Let’s kick some ass liberating Libya’). Let’s face it… nothing Obama does will ever be right and no one is interested in resolving anything. But since there’s no Republican on-deck with any integrity or answers… I guess we’re just fu@ked. While I support him, I can’t wait until he’s out of office since I’m tired of the children fighting over everything. I’ll be much happier ignoring a Republican screwing us over like I did with Bush for 8 years.

  3. okjimm says:

    //ignoring a Republican screwing us over like I did with Bush for 8 years.//

    …problem is… Republicans these days…. it would be comparing Bush to the Flu and the new re pugs as the bubonic plague….. some harm is not equal to other harm…. think of getting shot in the ass with a BB gun and getting shot in the ass with a ten gauge shotgun…. in both cases you are shot in the ass….. but in one… it just hurts and in the other…. you do not have an ass left.

  4. DMason says:

    To Bush’s credit, he did go to the Congress before the US attack of Iraq. Bush was also in the White House when the first US military airplanes struck Baghdad. It’s was the opposite of what Obama did. Yes, Obama spoke to our European allies by phone and through Hillary Clinton, and spoke to the UN Security Council through Susan Rice. But Obama acted like he had no constitutional mandate to consult Congress before going to war with Libya. He was also on another continent when the first Tomahawk missiles rained down on Tripoli. Maybe Obama should listen to Hillary Clinton a little less and that voice inside his head a little more?

  5. stradella says:

    What’s up with all the Bush references? Isn’t Obama his own brother? Can’t he stand on his own, two feet and lead, for Christ’s sake?

    Listen up, white liberals. He’s in trouble because he didn’t follow the constitution and the American people are plume worn to the bone from a decade of war.

    Obama can’t figure out how to get us out of Afghanistan and Iraq but he and Hillary have no difficulty getting us bogged down in a new conflict in Northern Africa.

  6. VicoDANIEL says:

    Under a heated deal hammered out in bad tempered negotiations on Thursday between Great Britain, the USA, France and Turkey, and strong-armed by Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates, NATO Alliance will assume military command of Libya within 48 hours.


  7. Stradella,

    It’s politics. When Bush was office and faced criticism, his supporters would endlessly mention Clinton to try and change the debate. “But Clinton did it,” or, “What about Clinton?”

    Now that Obama’s in office and screwing up, the O-bots can’t get off Bush’s teat.

    And so it goes.

  8. Estacada says:

    I call it hypocrisy. Plain and simple.

    When Bush was president and Dennis Kucinich talked impeachment, he was the left’s working class hero. His shit didn’t stink.

    Fast forward to 2011 and now Dennis Kucinich mentions impeachment and Obama in the same sentence and the far left ridicules him.

  9. Matteo says:

    I guess this is Bush’s fault too. 😉

    Few Americans see Obama as strong military leader


    Only 17 percent of Americans see President Barack Obama as a strong and decisive military leader, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken after the United States and its allies began bombing Libya.

    Nearly half of those polled view Obama as a cautious and consultative commander-in-chief and more than a third see him as indecisive in military matters.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    The way presidencies usually evolve, the first term is concentrated on domestic issues and the second term focuses on foreign policy. Obama seems to be sprinting toward the end of his second term, getting mired in escalating troop involvement in Afghanistan and now Libya. I suppose when you’re powerless to address stubborn unemployment still above 9%, what else can you do but bully your way though the Muslim world?

  11. Someone said Libya is just a sample of what a Hillary Clinton presidency would’ve been like, and I have to agree.

    Michele Obama was correct when she (allegedly) n-nayed putting Hillary on the ticket as VP. She saw the writing on the way with the Clintons loitering around the White House.

  12. Jolly Roger says:

    There’s no way in hell this country can survive for much longer. It is no accident that the super-rich are taking all that bounty Bushack allowed them to keep and stashing it in Asia.

  13. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Word is Obama will grace us with omnipotence Monday night in primetime to try and explain how he was justified skirting the Congress and the Constitution to launch an attack on Libya from foreign soil.

    He’s better not interrupt “Dancing with the Stars.” You think Americans dislike him now? Wait till they turn to their favorite reality program to see Obama’s smiling mug instead.

    Not smart.

  14. D@vid says:

    Arizona: Too funny… and sadly, too true.

    Whether or not I am an ‘O-bot’ or not, I am for anyone who can come up with solutions. And since the Republicans haven’t done anything except give themselves tax breaks and hold back progress of any kind, they need to step up or shut up and step aside. Period. I’d gladly vote for a Republican with some answers if there were any. It’s plain to see that our party system does nothing but hold back progress since there’s no common goal and we fight like children.

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