by Marielena Montesino de Stuart
The United States slipped into the war on Libya with little official oversight or discussion
President Obama is a true “internacionalista”.
He appears to want the United States to be just another flag hanging from another pole. As far as he is concerned, everyone is special– not just the United States.
The involvement of our military in the Libyan attack was done in consultation with the Arab League and European Allies, and pursuant to United Nations Resolution 1973. But it looks like the U.S. Congress may have learned about it through one of Obama’s presidential Twitter postings.
So, today was a day of questioning.
In the photo below we can see the bewildered expressions of U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman, Carl Levin and John McCain, as they listened to the testimony of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on operations in Libya, at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. (March 31, 2011).
Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee stated that, “…on March 7, twelve days before the United States began hostilities, I called on the President to seek a declaration of war from the Congress if he decided to initiate hostilities. He declined to do that.”
Here are some other comments, showing that opposition to President Obama’s approach on Libya is coming from both Republicans and Democrats:
Representative Michele Bachmann–yes, she spells her first name with one “l” (Republican, Minnesota): “How in the world are they going to reach their ultimate military objectives if there aren’t boots on the ground? I don’t want to see U.S. boots on the ground. I don’t want to see United States arms. I don’t want to see United States involvement at all in Libya.”
Senator Rand Paul (Republican, Kentucky): “To me it’s an amazing thing, an amazing thing that we would do this so lightly without any consideration by this august body – to send our young men and women to war without any congressional approval.”
Politico reported on March 30 that Democrats, such as Reps. Barbara Lee (Calif.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Mike Honda (Calif.), Lynn Woolsey (Calif.) and Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) have also expressed their dislike of President Obama’s “internacionalista” approach– as in the following statement: “”It is our position that the President has a constitutional obligation to seek specific, statutory authorization for offensive military action, as he should have done with regard to U.S. military engagement in Libya.”
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