Saturday, June 18, 2011

Again, he shows he thinks he's above the law.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama decided he could continue the air war in Libya without congressional approval despite rulings to the contrary from Justice Department and Pentagon lawyers, according to published reports.
The president relied instead on the opinions of other senior administration lawyers that continuing U.S. participation in the air operations against the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi did not constitute "hostilities," triggering the need for Congressional permission under the War Powers Resolution, the New York Times reported in its online edition Friday night.
Among those reported to support the president's action were White House counsel Robert Bauer and State Department legal adviser Harold H. Koh, the paper said. Those opposed included Pentagon General Counsel Jeh C. Johnson and acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel Caroline D. Krass.
One issue was reported to be whether firing missiles from drones amounted to hostilities.
Presidents can ignore the advice of the Office of Legal Counsel, but rarely do so, the newspaper reported.
The 1973 law prohibits the military from being involved in actions for more than 60 days without congressional authorization, plus a 30-day extension. The 60-day deadline passed last month with the White House saying it is in compliance with the law. The 90-day mark is Sunday.


Yeah, so a lawyer that never practiced law or even wrote a single brief decided that he can over rule our laws on the word of his advisors.
And on the issue of missles being fired from drones being considered hostile? I'd imagine if you were on the recieving end of those missiles you'd consider them to be pretty damned hostile.
The fact of the matter is that when he started this shit he promised that it would last "days, not weeks" and now it's approaching the 90 day mark.
Another promise made, another promise broken.


Scott McCray said...

Can't wait to wave "buh-bye" to his sorry ass...I'm just sayin'.

Anonymous said...

I guess by obama's standards, Pearl Harbor would not be considered "Hostilitys"

Mulligan said...

wondering when the military muckety mucks will live up to their oath and say "No Sir, that's an unlawful order"

drjim said...

I'd say it's "Par for the course", but then we'll get into the fact this motherfucker has played golf more than being a president.