On Fox News the Honorable Representative Dennis Kucinich said (rough quote from memory) when talking about Obama and the war in Libya:
“He can’t say he did this for NATO”
(that is, start using war powers against Libya)
“The U.S. Constitution trumps NATO”
“The U.S. Constitution trumps the UN”
He further went on to say that Obama was in violation of “The War Powers Act”, in that it requires an imminent threat to the USA for the President to commit acts of war and Libya was not an imminent threat to the USA.
It is exceptionally pleasing to see a Democrat standing up for the constitution and showing a bit of wisdom about just where the USA legal structure stands in relation to “treaties”, such as with NATO, and “international law” as promulgated via the UN. There may be hope yet for the Democratic Party to return to its roots as a party of working class Americans and not a play thing of the International Progressive Movement… or perhaps that ought to be The Internationale movement…
Of all places, I’m going to quote from Politico:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Defund Libya attack
By JAKE SHERMAN | 3/22/11 11:37 AM EDT
Liberal Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich plans to offer up a measure that would defund U.S. efforts in Libya.
According to a letter blasted to his email list, Kucinich plans to offer an amendment to the next spending bill to ensure no federal funds go to the bombing campaign in Libya.
The amendment would give Congress a more concrete opportunity than they’ve had to challenge President Barack Obama on Libya, a subject that has riled both sides of the aisle.
In the letter Kucinich addressed to his fellow lawmakers, the Ohio Democrat said Obama scooted around the Constitution, “which gives only Congress the power to declare war.” He also says the no-fly zone will cost between $400 and 800 million.
“We have already spent trillions of dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, both of which descended into unwinnable quagmires,” Kucinich wrote in his letter. “Now, the president is plunging the United States into yet another war we cannot afford. While the administration assures us that that the U.S. will hand-off its lead role to coalition partners within days, we have not been notified of long-term plans or goals following initial air strikes in the country. The timeline the president gave to Congress was summarized with one word: ‘limited.’”
While I do not agree with many of his positions, on this one he deserves a great big “Attaboy!”…
We are not the world’s policeman. We are not the world’s nanny. We are not the world’s anything. We need to honor our own laws first, and we need to tell the rest of the world to fix their own damn problems. They made ’em, they can fix ’em. And we certainly don’t need to be borrowing Chinese money to fund a gratuitous involvement in an Arab civil war so a US President can feel important and “actualized” while getting “street cred” with the Arab Street.
“Voluntary Wars”? Just say no…