U.S., allies strike Libya; Some in Congress upset

American F18 heads for Libya (AFP)

With surprising speed, President Barack Obama went from straddling the fence on Libya to ordering military strikes, along with European allies, with the threat of more to come.

The President’s decision comes on top of a military stretched to the limit with military on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq and a lingering recession at home.

Airstrikes cruise missles pounded the capital of Tripoli while Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi vowed a long war “with unlimited patience and deep faith.”

Obama claimed military action was not his “first choice” and said American ground troops would not be sent into Kuwait.

And while a Rasmussen poll shows Americans, in general, supporting military action against Libya, liberal Democrats in Congress question the Constitutionality of Obama’s actions with one — Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich — saying the President’s actions might be “impeachable offenses.”

Politico.Com reports that Kucinich is also questioning why Democratic leaders didn’t object when told of Obama’s plan.

 

 

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7 Responses to "U.S., allies strike Libya; Some in Congress upset"

  1. Matt C  March 20, 2011 at 8:52 am

    On the one hand Obama has given the Republicans a political gift here. On the other, Congress REALLY needs to start getting its shit together – instead of behaving like 10th graders – to regain enough credibility to deal with the real issues. I’m sick of them, honestly.

  2. Carl Nemo  March 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    “Ohio’s Dennis Kucinich — saying the President’s actions might be “impeachable offenses.” …extract from article

    Typical Kucinich, flapping his mouth, evidently to create airflow within a room. Kucinich is a political cipher.

    Has he forgotten they gave Bush/Cheney an endless Kings X to fight the war against ‘terror’ ; ie., a noun with no one to parley or sign a peace accord. Our representative bodies have turned the Office of the President into a quasi-dictatorship. Once a declaration of war is authorized unless they pull the funding plug on he and his administration things will continue like this. Is Syria next. It seems as we fail, being a weak example of an empire in terms of longevity, we’re biting at our own tail like mad dogs, needing to be put down; ie, a hazard to our citizens and the world community at large.

    We’re broke and have no business being involved with arabic civil wars and general unrest. It’s time we minded our own business, retreated to our shores and regrouped to fight the big one if ever; ie., a direct attack on our homeland as the “Red Chinese” build evermore military strength in Mexico, Central and South America. For all we know the Chinese might already have mobile missile launchers in South America capable of launching nukes on the U.S. There’s alot of jungle to hide such aerial reconnaissance be damned. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

    • griff  March 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      While there is an argument to be made on Constitutional grounds as to the power of the President to wage war without a formal declaration from the Congress, the signing of the U.N. charter supercedes that requirement any way. Congressional approval for every war from Korea to the present was merely show for the public, but wholly unnecessary.

      The Constitution no longer exists.

  3. Carl Nemo  March 20, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    The major problem with sticking one’s nose in a nation’s civil war is that it’s similar to breaking up a cat fight between two women. They are both likely to turn on you and kick your butt or at least scratch and bite the shit out of you. Not too smart for those that are streetwise.

    These people are devout Muslims and instead of focusing on Gadhafi they just might unite and turn on us in the event we decide to invade although ‘dear leader’ said this is not an option. Bullsh*t I say! Within the past week there was no intention to do airstrikes or even a quarantine of Libyan air space. Next he and his ‘planners’ will launch another Clinton era engineered to fail Somali op getting our butts kicked back to the shores of the Med.

    Obama has three weeks worth of budget left, so by engaging in another wag the tail war it can be used as a distraction so our complicit crimpols in Congress will give him the Kings X to spend what ever he wants this next year; putting our invevitable national insolvency on ‘hold’.

    They’re all in this together; ie, our duopolist Congressional contingent along with “G.W. Bush Redux” in the White House. The more things change the more they remain the same…no?

    We’re seemingly doomed as a nation and the only way for “change We the People can believe in” is to emulate the Egyptian and the Libyan people relative to our listless, terminally corrupt regime. Maybe we can get the Ruskies and Chinese to help liberate us with airstrikes and an amphibious landing? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. Carl Nemo  March 20, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    “wag the tail”

    should read:

    “wag the dog”

    My apologies for the ‘brain fart’ : (

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Rick Moss  March 20, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Now all we have to do is to fight for democracy at home. Wake up people. If you want a better life, take charge of it… Join with the rest of your countrymen and women.

    JOIN THE REVOLUTION
    Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

    We don’t have to live like this anymore. “Spread the News”
    FIGHT THE CAUSE – NOT THE SYMPTOM

  6. woody188  March 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Think it’s just coincidence that this invasion started on the exact same day exactly eight years after the invasion of Iraq?

    Is it just coincidence that those invaders were called the “Coalition of the Willing” and Obama refers to these invaders as a “Broad Coalition?”

    Just food for thought…I don’t believe in coincidences when it comes to the globalist cabal.

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