A co-worker and friend of mine wrote the following article, and I thought it more than worthy to post here. His name is Randy Jones and while he does not have his own blog, he is very well read and has extensive current event and historical knowledge. Further, while he is a lawyer and there are rumors to him once having had a Hillary picture hanging in his office (okay, not really!) he is a good guy and quite often nails it with any given subject. In other words, he often agrees with my perspective!
This evening, the President is finally getting around to telling us why he thinks we should be fighting in Libya. However, I think there is a deeper problem here that only Jeffersonian Republicans and Liberal Democrats are talking about. I should say some Liberal Democrats as the others are siding with the Big Government Republicans on this one. The deeper problem and most important one is the fact that President Obama did not go to Congress to seek authorization to go to war with Libya. Article I Section 8 Subsection 11 gives the US Congress the power to Declare War. The President is only given the power as Commander-in-Chief under Article II.
Now, does this mean that if the President knew of an imminent threat that he/she could not launch a preemptive strike? Of course not. The Constitution is not a suicide pact as one Supreme Court Justice once put it. Could a President defend the nation while under attack without going to Congress? Of course, he/she could do that. That is what FDR did in the Pacific after the attack on Pearl Harbor. However, that is not the case with Libya. The case with Libya is a President buckling to Hillary Clinton and the Big Government Republicans and involving us in another war. It is that plain and simple. He was not for getting into this war. That is very obvious, but he buckled under the pressure.
The President argues that he got permission from the Arab League, NATO, and the United Nations. That doesn't mean anything without authorization from Congress. He has to go there and if Congress says no we are not going to war then, that is the end of discussion. Is Obama the first President to do this? The answer is a clearly no and Ronald Reagan was probably the last one to egregiously offend the war powers of Congress when he invaded Grenada for no real reason other than just wanting to do it. It was of no threat to America and no one really believes that students were being threatened enough to warrant an invasion.
That is the case here with Libya. However, Obama has taken this to a newer height by saying he got international approval therefore he doesn't need Congressional approval. That is outrageous and should worry everyone. You may remember that even though President George H. W. Bush had permission from the UN to drive Iraq out of Kuwait, he still got authorization from Congress. George W. Bush had permission from the UN to invade both Iraq and Afghanistan, but he still went to Congress for authorization for both wars.
Liberals forget that Congress signed onto both those wars, but those are the facts. Congress could have repealed both authorizations to stop those wars, but chose not to do so in which Obama has power to prosecute those wars. I should state for the record that I supported the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, but I do quarry with how Bush prosecuted both those wars. That is a subject for another day as things have changed and so should our strategies. I digress.
Having said that, he has no power from the people of the United States to wage this war in Libya. It doesn't make our imminent threat scenario or our under attack scenario, so he has no excuse for what he is doing. International agencies cannot be a bypass of the Congress's war making powers. If we allow this go on it will be a step towards eventually all of our laws being bypassed by some international institution. Big government does not come all at once and neither does world government. It comes in drips and drabs in which now is the time to stop the leaking of our freedom before someday we will have to get permission to even have an army from the United Nations.
Randy S. Jones, Esq.