King Obama’s War by Decree




by Ben Johnson

“The United States does not have a King’s army. President Obama’s unilateral choice to use U.S. military force in Libya is an affront to our Constitution.” – Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Maryland.

Barack Obama has gotten away with subjecting a wide swath of national life to unelected czars, bankrupting the country through unconstitutional spending, ignoring judge’s orders, and running roughshod over states rights. Now, the Czar-in-Chief has decided he wants the full royal treatment. He has sent U.S. soldiers to fight in the Libyan civil war without asking for Congressional authorization, as required by the U.S. Constitution. King Obama’s undeclared war on Libya is the logical extension of his decision to rule by decree on the homefront – lawless, destructive, unconstitutional,

Illegal, and Impeachable.

The U.S. Constitution restricts the warmaking power to Congress. Article I, Section 8 gives the legislative branch alone ability to “declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal” and “calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.”

This is as the Founding Fathers intended. “The father of the Constitution,” James Madison, praised “the fundamental doctrine of the constitution, that the power to declare war including the power of judging of the causes of war is fully and exclusively vested in the legislature: that the executive has no right, in any case to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war…In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department.” Madison declared the reason this is true: “the trust and the temptation would be too great for any one man.”

It is certainly too much temptation for our president, who has launched

King Obama’s War.

When it became clear last fall that Democrats would lose control of the House, White House aides began floating word that Obama would rule through executive orders, regulations, and federal fiats after the elections. The Center for American Progress drafted a blueprint for Obama to rule by decree. The Huffington Post reported matter-of-factly Obama “will use executive authority when blocked by Congress,” and Politico virtually begged him to do so. Even in the middle of the lame duck power grab, he made good on his word. The FCC passed Net Neutrality, although it lacks Congressional authorization to do so. Now Obama is taking his power grab overseas.

Over the weekend, Obama ordered U.S. troops to launch Operation Odyssey Dawn, raining more than 100 Tomahawk missiles onto Libya.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates insists Americans will “hand-off” our role in Libya “in a matter of days.” However, a “hand-off” does not mean we will be free from this humanitarian diversion. Gates assured after those few days, “we will have a military role in the coalition, but we will not have the preeminent role.” American soldiers will kill and die; they just won’t call the shots. This raises the question of command structure, including whether U.S. soldiers will serve under foreign command.

Obama stated he was acting because, “in response to a call for action by the Libyan people and the Arab League, the UN Security Council passed a strong resolution that demands an end to the violence against citizens.” He did not ask Congress for any form of authorization, and waited until after the body went into recess to launch the attack.

In a typically gratuitous insult, Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough hosted a conference call with Congressional leaders, reassuring them of Barack Obama’sdeep respect for Congress in all of these matters.” Republican Congressman Mike Rogers of Michigan recounted, “I wouldn’t call it consultation as much as laying it out.”

Obama wrote a more detailed letter to Congress yesterday, insisting his actions are “consistent with the War Powers Resolution. I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.”

The 1973 War Powers Resolution, passed in the wake of Vietnam, allows the president to place troops into harm’s way for up to 60 days before getting Congressional authorization. However, many legal scholars believe the War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional, as it plainly appears to contradict the Constitutional system. Its provisions have not been fully vetted.

Hypocrisy, Thy Middle Name is Hussein

It might be different if these facts were unknown to Obama. However, in 2007 candidate Obama said:

The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

As commander-in-chief, the president does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the president would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent.

He knows and does not care he is overstepping his authority. The New York Times asked national security adviser Tom Donilon about Obama’s 2007 criteria on Monday. Donilon sidestepped, saying Obama “welcomes the support of Congress in whatever form that they want to express that support.” The Times continued, “Donilon added, Mr. Obama could authorize the operation on his own.”

Thankfully, a growing number of Congressmen in both parties not only reject Obama’s power grab but agree

This War is an Impeachable Offense.

No one has been as forthright as Dennis Kucinich, D-OH, who told Raw Story, “It would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense.” He added, “Now, it doesn’t necessarily follow that simply because a president has committed an impeachable offense that the process should start to impeach and remove him. That’s a whole separate question. But we have to clearly understand what this Constitution is about.” Ralph Nader has similarly said, “Obama should be impeached.”

Kucinich is not the only Democrat to oppose his president. When the bombs began to fall, the media reported strong objections from Congressmen Jerrold Nadler, Donna Edwards, Mike Capuano, Dennis Kucinich, Maxine Waters, Rob Andrews, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Barbara Lee.

On the other side of the aisle, John Boehner released a weak statement pestering Obama to “define for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is, better explain what America’s role is in achieving that mission.” With his letter today, Obama can claim he has done so.

However, Rep. Ron Paul has called the action “unconstitutional,” saying it “needs to stop.” Walter Jones, Roscoe Bartlett and others have expressed reservations. Rep. Justin Amash, R-MI, wrote on his FaceBook page, “No United Nations resolution or Congressional act permits the president to circumvent the Constitution.”

It is hardly all Granola-crunching left-wingers and Tea Party Republicans who acknowledge this. Sen. Richard Lugar, R-IN, has declared, “if the Obama administration decides to impose a no-fly zone or take other significant military action in Libya, I believe it should first seek a Congressional debate on a declaration of war under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.”

 

Sen. John Cornyn, by no means a Tea Party favorite, has tweeted, “On Libya, is Congress going to assert its constitutional role or be a potted plant?”

Even Virginia’s retiring Democratic Senator, Jim Webb, has said, “This isn’t the way our system is supposed to work.” Indeed, it is possible this war is not only unconstitutional but

Illegal Under the UN Charter, Too.

The Washington Times noted in an editorial:

Article 2 section 7 of the UN charter states that, “Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter.” Chapter VII of the charter, which enumerates UN intervention powers, applies only to international breaches of the peace. The December 1981 UN “Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs of States” reaffirmed this principle with its solemn declaration that, “No State or group of States has the right to intervene or interfere in any form or for any reason whatsoever in the internal and external affairs of other States.”

This may explain why so many other nations are working against this action, including those who initially invited us in.

The True Meaning of “Isolationism”

Barack Obama fancies himself a multilateralist, one who passively waits for “the international community” to move before he acts. This, he believes, will improve America’s image after eight years of Bush unilateralism (the war in Iraq, waged pursuant to more than a dozen UN resolutions). Libya should show the bankruptcy of this way of thinking.

The UN Security Council adopted the Resolution 1973 last Thursday. However, Russia, China, Germany, India, and Brazil did not vote on the resolution.

Five days later, all of those nations except Germany have demand a ceasefire. China warns of a U.S.-created “humanitarian disaster.” Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov humiliated visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates by accusing coalition troops of killing civilians, then voicing Russia’s “opposition” to its mission. The Voice of Russia reports today the UN Security Council will “discuss” the resolution on Thursday, focusing “on the way this resolution has been implemented and whether it is truly aimed at protecting the civilians in Libya.”

Well, at least this time we have the support of the Arab League, right? Amr Mussa, secretary of the Arab League, told reporters Sunday, “What has happened in Libya differs from the goal of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not bombing other civilians. From the start we requested only that a no-fly zone be set up to protect Libyan civilians and avert any other developments or additional measures.” Mussa’s musings are not off-point. After all, a “no fly zone” does not require bombing Qaddafi’s private residence or demanding regime change.

The African League also called for an “immediate stop” to the bombardment of Libya.

The only thing worse than alienating the “international community” over a war that was perceived to be in our national interest is alienating the international community over a war that benefits the United States in no discernable way. Yet the United States is waging

A Destructive War

in Libya. Much like Bill Clinton’s intervention in Kosovo, Barack Obama has chosen to fight from the air without first gaining Congressional approval. Clinton succeeded in bombing innocent civilians, Orthodox Christian churches, and the Chinese embassy in the process. He, too, promised the war would be a short affair, and all troops would be home by Christmas…1995. Ultimately, Clinton helped establish an al-Qaeda affiliate in charge of Kosovo.

Now Barack Obama is acting on “humanitarian” motives. In the midst of two additional wars in the Muslim world, and facing trillion-dollar deficits as far as the eye can see, the United States has taken sides in a civil war that has nothing to do with our security or well-being.

No one seems to know who the “rebels” America is aiding are or what they want. However, they refer to themselves as “mujahedin,” or “devout” Muslim holy warriors.

For this, the United States is paying richly. The National Journal reports, “the cost for the first day alone of the operation was well over $100 million with the total price tag expected to grow much higher.” Moreover, “Maintaining a coastal no-fly-zone after those first strikes would cost in the range of $30 million to $100 million per week” which is “far less than the $100 million to $300 million estimated weekly cost for patrolling the skies above the entire 680,000-square-mile country.” For this reason, Sen. Lugar has stated, “if American forces go to war in Libya, we should ask Arab League governments and other governments advocating for American military action to pledge resources necessary to pay for it.”

With this kind of “leadership,” it is no wonder politicians are seriously talking about impeachment. Professional pols know this could be serious. This is why some in the Establishment have launched

Pushback

against Kucinich, Paul, and the Constitution. Sen. Carl Levin, R-MI, has already said he opposes impeachment. Sen. Mark Udall, D-CO, insisted, “Colonel Qaddafi…gave the international community no choice but to act.” And Earl Ofari Hutchinson of the heavily Soros-financed Huffington Post has written, “Impeach Obama Over Libya? You’ve Got to be Kidding.” (He added “Obama’s UN no fly zone” is “cheap, easy, and ultimately effective.”)

Even some conservatives are defending the legality of Obama’s war…by citing the UN Charter, no less.

Obama has launched an unnecessary, unconstitutional, destructive, and costly war on behalf of fundamentalist Muslims and in defiance of Congress, our Founding Fathers, and the American people. It is time for impeachment proceedings to move forward.



About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website, TheRightsWriter.com, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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21 Responses to King Obama’s War by Decree

  1. pokey5735 says:

    Why isn't Congress impeaching him? This man is trying to turn this country into a dictatorship and is doing a fine job while Congress sits on their butts and turn a blind eye.
    IMPEACH HIM! What the heck are they waiting for.

  2. cjsode says:

    The guy has been doing impeachable offenses for the last 2 years. Why hasn't he already been impeached and when is it actually going to happen and not just talk about it.

  3. major says:

    The war isnt the only thing that is impeachable. I want to hear less mouth and more action out of Congress. By the time most them grow a backbone, the damage will be beyond restoration. Cowardice is now synonamous with Congress. Paper tigers…..

  4. Betsy K. Larsen says:

    IMPEACH OBAMA?! YA THINK?!!!!!! How many rules and laws does this CRIMINAL have to break before those pantywaisted useless and OVERPAID fools in the Cessopool called our “capitol” do what has needed doing for MONTHS AND MONTHS??? And “Boner”? What kind of “leader” of the House IS HE? To put such a weak statement out is NOT what he was voted into that “chair” for!!! Where is his promise to uphold the law of this country, and do the American People’s will, as they richly deserve, after the many times they have been slapped in the face by the Pretender to the “Throne”?

    I have read in Floyd’s articles many many reasons why this INSULT needs impeached, but as of yet, not one thing is being done! If so many congressmen and women, of HIS OWN PARTY want him gone, what is wrong here, what is the problem? Why hasn’t this impeachment process ALREADY BEGUN!!!? What are they waiting for? A revolt, like in Egypt? Or a war on our own soil, where the American people have had enough and are tired beyond tired of waiting for them to simply DO THEIR JOBS!? Haven’t we been screwed enough? Aren’t we BROKE enough? Do we have to lose everything we still have? Can we afford to become even deeper in debt, because of yet another Lost Cause War? Let’s face it folks, this islimE and muslimE crap is eating us alive! These “people” cannot be helped, they kill, simply for the pleasure of it, and will not stop. All we can do is PROTECT our own borders and our own country from their false religion and even more false god! And from their trouble making intentions. To “kill the infidels” which are we, the PEOPLE! Because we are a Christian based nation……not an islimE (ITSELF the infidel based “religion ……yet, we Americans have not KILLED muslimEs simply BECAUSE they are muslimEs. Americans live by the creed of “live and let live”, no matter the religion……..unless you count the persecution of Mormons, who have never waged any war against the rest of us here in America, it has been the rest of us who have done that to THEM! And yet our government mollycoddles these murders and killers, called muslimEs like they are truly what the lie says…..”PEACEFUL”!!!!! Peaceful my ass, as peaceful as a nuclear bomb, is islimE!!!! And will go to war to “defend” these freaks of nature, and without the BLESSING of Congress. This latest “war” is the MOST UNHOLY LOAD OF LIES AND DELIBERATE IMPERIALISIM TO HAVE EVER BEEN ALLOWED BY OUR “LEADERS” TO DATE! Even LBJ WASN”T AS EVIL!!! Remember “hey, hey, hey LBJ, how many kids have you killed today?” Now it is one more Democrap sending our sons and daughters into another unwinnable and lost cause war, because he CAN! Because NO ONE WILL STOP HIM! AND NO ONE IS GOING TO STOP HIM FROM TEARING OUR COUNTRY TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY APART! No, all anyone is going to do is what they are already doing, TALK TALK TALK! LESS TALK AND A LOT MORE ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PUT AN END TO THIS INSULT AND KILLER OF AMERICA AND TAKER OF AMERICAN RIGHTS AND LIVES!

    Stop this immediatly! IMPEACH THIS UNAMERICAN AND FREEDOM MURDERING WOULD BE KING TODAY! YESTERDAY WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SOON ENOUGH!

    And, you asked for my opinion here, use it or totally delete it all, for it is exactly what I feel and what many more feel about the Destruction of America by this “failure of even a community organizer”! He couldn’t even organize his own closet, and certianly can’t ORGANIZE THIS COUNTRY! Instead he makes a mess of everything he touches. But, as long as he keeps making the messes he keeps doing, maybe the less chance he will have of winning an election again. Although, I do not have much faith in my “fellow” Americans anymore, considering the total stupidity I read and see on the news and other news outlets! Still defending the indefensible! Do ya think we can “lose this Loser” in 2012? Lord, I pray that we can!!!!!!

  5. Bowmanave says:

    Wow, there are people who aren't awaken to politics on this site? There is no left wing or right wing. They are two different sides of the same coin. They are both trying to get to the same place through different methods.

  6. bjcoop says:

    WELL IF OBAMA HAS OVER STEPPED HIS AUTHORITY, AND THE HOUSE AND SENATE AGREE THAT HE HAS, THEN WHY DONT YOU ALL GET TOGETHER AND IMPEACH HIM. QUIT TALKING ABOUT IT, AND LETS SEE SOME ACTION. YOU POLITIONS ARE ALL TALK AND NO SHOW. YOU JUST DONT HAVE THE "COJONES" TO STAND UP TO OBAMA, HE STILL KICKS ALL OF YOUR ASSES EVERYDAY.STOP BEING A GIRLY-MAN AND MAN UP. SHOW THE AMERICAN VOTERS THAT YOU HAVE A PAIR OF "COJONES"

    • Jim_Cumber says:

      This is worse than that! According to radio talk show commentators, the anti-Quadaffi forces we are supporting are al-Qaida, which raises the impeachment level to that of High Treason: according to Article III, Section 3 of the US Constitution, "adhering to the enemy, giving them Aid and Comfort" is the very DEFINITION of TREASON! Al-Qaida is our self-declared enemy, having killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11: this is an "open and shut case" of High Treason and Impeachment is the Constitutionally REQUIRED action! Obama MUST be impeached for HIGH TREASON and the appropriate, CAPITAL PUNISHMENT imposed! This is the Constitutional Duty of the Congress!

  7. dlw12000 says:

    Lets tell the truth. under the law and Constitution the presedent can send i think up to 200,000 troops without congress approval. Also this being a NATO mission the laws already in place for the presdent to send troops without congress approval. 1000 of us military belong to NATO every day.

  8. 05Magnum says:

    Except for some of the newly elected, most of the people in Congress are Corrupt liars. You can tell when they are lying, their mouth is moving. With all of the illegal things going on, with Obama & his Czars you would think enough people in Congress or the Courts would do something about it, however our Reps in Congress have had their way for years & don't want to give it up, & don't forget the Supreme Court Judges are appointed, not elected. Obama still hasn't proved he is a Legal President, & has even let an Army Officer be imprisoned, because he knows if he releases his records he will no longer be in the Presidents Office. The sad part is, there are still over 40% of the idiot voters who think he is doing a good job, & would vote for him again. I am one of the many who believe Obama is a lying, treasonous,Illegal, Anti-American , Racist, S.O.B. & should be jailed for a time, & then deported.

  9. Angelicsweep says:

    If the politicians REALLY believed that obama has done impeachable offences, they would have done something by now. Instead they are puffing out their chests like they have really stumbled onto something. Things that, WE THE PEOPLE, have known for quite sometime and have been TELLING them about. They weren’t LISTENING and now all of a sudden they see it… GIVE ME A BREAK! They just do not have the testicular fortitude to put ACTIONS where their mouths are! The republicans are like jack rabbits, when danger is near, they thump their foot and RUN! We do not have anyone up there who is willing to DO THE RIGHT THING! All they are going to do is stomp their feet and then RUN! Every one up there are nothing but a bunch of GELDINGS! Even if they WANTED to do something, they don’t have the equipment to do it with!!!!

  10. Raymond says:

    The Qur'an………
    now in 2 ply.

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  12. BARBARA says:

    WHY DON’T THEY STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND DO IT. IF ANY OF US HAD IGNORED AT RULING BY A FEDERAL JUDGE, WE WOULD BE ROTTING IN JAIL LONG BEFORE THIS. EVERY MOVE OBAMA MAKES PROVES AGAIN AND AGAIN

    THAT HE IS A MUSLIM. GET HIM OUT OF THERE AND STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. DO IT. THRR CONGRES AND MEDIA ARE ALL WIMPS AND ARE AFRAID OF HIM.

    ANS AS TO RACEIST THERE IS NO ONE MORE RACEIST THAN OBAMA.

  13. BARBARA E. BULLINGTON says:

    WHY DON’T THEY STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND JUST DO IT, THE CONGRESS AND MEDIA ARE ALL WIMPS. THEY ARE ALL AFRAID OF OBAMA FOR SOME REASON.

    IF ANY OF US HAD DEFIED A FEDERL JUDGE. WE WOULD BE ROTTING IN JAIL

    LONG BEFORE THIS. AND I AGREE HE HAS COMITTED TREASON AGAINST OUR COUNTRY, ALL OF HIS MOVES HAVE PROVED OVER AND OVER THAT HE IS NOT A CHRISTIAN BUT A MJUSLIM. THIS IS WHY HE WON’T PRODUCE A BRTCIRTIFICATE, HE KNOW HE WOULD BE THROWN OUT AND ALL HUS ILLIGAL

    LAW BE REMOVED.

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  15. INDPNDNTVOTER says:

    IF YOU ARE SMART, YOU WILL READ ARTICLE III SECTION III OF THE CONSTITUTION STATES, ANY PRESIDENT OR MEMBER OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHO OFFERS MONEY OR MORAL SUPPORT TO ENEMIES OF THE UNITED STATES HAS COMMITTED TREASON AGAINST THE UNITED STATES, AND AS ALL AMERICANS KNOW, TREASON IS PUNISHABLE BY DEATH!!!!!!!!! SO WHY IS OBAMA AND CLINTON BEING ALLOWED TO COMMIT TREASON AGAINST US??? HILLARY CLINTON HAS WRITTEN OVER A TRILLION DOLLARS IN CHECKS TO FOREIGN ENEMIES OF THE UNITED STATES SINCE SHE TOOK OFFICE UNDER OBAMA, AND OBAMA HAS BOWED TO EVERY FOREIGN ENEMY OF THE UNITED STATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TREASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT VOTE DEMOCRAT IF HE IS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE THIS TIME AROUND!!!!!!!!!! VOTE THIS DIRT-BAG OUT OF OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!!! THEN SEND HIM BACK TO KENYA WHERE HE WAS BORN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. thom delahunt says:

    what war? what troops have we on the ground in libya? i thought the brits were doing this?

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