There was another piece of this that was certainly a consideration. You had revolutions on both the East and the West of Libya; they’re fragile, Egypt and Tunisia. So, you had a potentially significantly destabilizing event taking place in Libya that put at risk, potentially, the revolutions in both Tunisia and Egypt and that was another consideration I think we took into account —Secretary of Defense Bob GatesNo matter what president Barry Hussein Soetoro says tonight, he will not be able to justify his unilateral engagement of American troops in illegal and unconstitutional acts of war, as he has done without proper Congressional pre-authorization in Libya. In the president’s March 19, 2011 letter to Congress after he had illegally started the war with Libya he didn’t cite the constitution as his authority, instead he cited U.N. resolution has his authority.
(see full Letter)
Even George W. Bush didn’t do this. Any military engagement that president Bush was involved with always had pre Congressional approval.
That is what ‘s at question here, no matter how president Soetoro attempts to obfuscate the point or pull at the emotional and irrational heart strings of America tonight attempting to justify the unjustifiable. Mr. Soetoro did not seek to nor is he yet to comply with the constitution regarding Libya.
Jake Tapper raised this point pre-emptively before the president’s speech tonight, with Secretaries of State and Defense; Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates their answers were remarkably unimpressive and unconvincing. Tapper not known for impartial reporting sets the two Soetoro cabinet members up for a hard fall with the question; Do you think that Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the United States?
(see 3:15min video)
With Sec. Gates’ “no” answer the deed is gone. Nothing the president says tonight can refute or explain the president’s violation of the constitution. The Secretary of Defense has admitted that the president of the United States has violated not only his own words when he was a Senator, when Mr. Soetoro said that the president doesn’t have the power to send troops in harm’s way with the approval of Congress.
The War powers Act of the United States clearing states that in all acts of war the president is to consult with the Congress bilaterally not make a decision to go to war unilaterally without Congressional approval. (see War Powers Resolution below)
Section 1. This joint resolution may be cited as the " War Powers Resolution".What is equally surprising is Sec. Clinton in-artfully attempted to revise the meaning of the way unilaterally was used against president Bush. Both Sens. Clinton and Soetoro railed against president Bush because they thought Bush might attack Iran as the Executive Branch unilaterally without Congressional approval as president Barry Hussein Soetoro has done in Libya.
Purpose and Policy
Sec. 2. (a) It is the purpose of this joint resolution to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.
(b) Under article I, section 8, of the Constitution, it is specifically provided that the Congress shall have the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.
(c) The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war , (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
Sec. 3. The President in every possible instance shall consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and after every such introduction shall consult regularly with the Congress until United States Armed Forces are no longer engaged in hostilities or have been removed from such situations.(source)
Sec. Clinton attempted to bamboozle the American people with a total revisionist history of the context which she and president Soetoro used the word unilateral.
She attempt to say that she and Sen. Soetoro were speaking of allies rather than Congressional approval yet in the clip that Jake Tapper shared above it was made plain that both Clinton and Soetoro were speaking of Congressional approval not approval from allies.
In spite of the knowledge that a strike against Libya is unconstitutional and against his own stated positions in the past president Soetoro illegally attacked Libya to keep destabilization in the region of North Africa and promote the advancement of Islam according to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Sec. Bob Gates tells us that in so many words. If Colonel Mormmar Quaddafi was allowed to quail the uprising in this own country that would have had negative implications on the Muslim brotherhood and the al Qaeda uprisings that are fueling the unrest now taking place in both Tunisia and Egypt. (see story and here)
In essence the attack on Qaddafi is an attack on regimes in the North Africa region that were resistant to radical Islamic influences as where the down fall of Tunisia and Egypt. With those somewhat secular governments disposed, the radical anti-American influences can infiltrate all of Africa and the Middle East.
The toppling of Qaddafi is motivated by Islamic forces and is being executed by Barry Hussein Soetoro by an illegal and un-Constitutional military action which he will look into the cameras tonight and tell the American people he is justified in violating Constitution because he is saving lives.
We don’t know whether that is true or not because the lives that he is actually putting at stake are yours lives and mine when radical Islamic government are replacing benign third world governments with the help of the U.S. government.
If you listen to the speech, tonight come back and tell me where I was wrong!