Friday, June 24, 2011

Congress Evades Its Duty On Libya

The House of Representatives gave us a prime example today of why many of their fellow Americans hold them as a body in such low repute.

They voted on two resolutions concerning Libya today.

The first one was cobbled together by House Democrats loyal to the Administration and was written by written by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.). It would have provided cover for President Obama's abuse of the War Powers Act by authorizing his intervention in Libya. It failed by a bi-partisan vote of 123-295, with 225 Republicans and 70 Democrats voting against.

An hour or so later, a second resolution was put up for a vote. This one would have cut funding for offensive operations by U.S. forces in Libya and it failed as well, 180-238, with a majority of Democrats and joined by a number of Republicans in voting no.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is said to have played a large role in limiting democrat defections on the funding bill.

So there you have it. Congress obviously disapproves of President Obama's self-declared war in Libya, but they lack the courage to do anything about it.

Meanwhile, mission creep rears its ugly head in Libya.

The original UN diktat, of course, was for a no fly zone, a blockade and civilian protection. And we were assured that regime change was not part of the mission and that no US ground troops would be involved, no matter what.

Now, it appears that U.S. Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the NATO Joint Operations Command in Naples, Italy has admitted to House Armed Services Committee member Mike Turner (R-OH)that NATO forces are actively targeting Libyan leader Moamar Khaddiffi and trying to kill him.

According to Turner, Adm. Locklear also said that after Khaddaffi's removal, US ground troops would be needed 'during the immediate period of instability.'

Oh, and of course, more billions for nation building afterwards, no?

Absolutely disgraceful.

please helps me write more gooder!

No comments: