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Excerpt about Obama criticizing Bush wanting to just bomb Iran. He mentions it’s unconstitutional. Couple years later “did I say that?”

Obama on Military Attack: “President Does NOT Have Power Under the Constitution”

Author: Mac Slavo

In December of 2007, while then Senator Obama was running for the Office of the President, sat down with the candidate for a Q & A session.

The question from interviewer Charlie Savage asked Mr. Obama about Presidential authority to initiate a military attack under the Constitution:

In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress? (Specifically, what about the strategic bombing of suspected nuclear sites — a situation that does not involve stopping an IMMINENT threat?)

Mr. Obama, at one time a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago, responded with a clear and concise view on the matter:

The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.

As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.

As for the specific question about bombing suspected nuclear sites, I recently introduced S.J. Res. 23, which states in part that “any offensive military action taken by the United States against Iran must be explicitly authorized by Congress.”

While President Obama and his counterpart in the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron, believe that the military action in Libya has been authorized, and is legitimate and legal, it is only legal with respect to United Nations’ bylaws and treaties.

The United States, however, requires the approval of Congress to engage in war, as stated by Mr. Obama in December of 2007. While the actions of Libya’s long-time leadership may be perceived abhorrent and morally unjust, it does not justify US involvement – especially unilateral decision making, with respect to US law, on the part of the President.

The United States was not in danger because of Libya’s actions against its people. There was no imminent threat.

Regardless of what the United Nations has or has not authorized, the People of the United States, by law, require Congressional approval for such an action.

This is a prime example of why our Founders were adamant about the system of checks and balances.


You know like most people I hate politicians. They are usually scum. We can see with the new tea party politicians who are newly elected, all they have done is slap a new face on the same shit. Here is another perfect example. The whole time you think this whole Wisconsin debacle is about cutting the budget and fixing the state’s financial affairs because they “care” about the “people”. Truth is as it is coming out, it more about defunding the Unions, in order to defund Obama’s re-election bid and get one of there boys in.

Now, I don’t really care for Obama’s politiks but this is just pure political pollution. The same game. It’s not about you, or me, or what bullshit schpeel they give you. It’s about them, their pocket, and the good ole boy club and getting more of “their own” into power.

Wisconsin Senate leader admits union-busting bill is about defeating Obama

State Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R), the Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader, must have forgotten his talking points while appearing on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show. This afternoon he admitted on-air what many liberals have long-suspected: rescinding collective bargaining rights from state workers is Wisconsin is as much about the 2012 presidential election as Wisconsin’s 2011 budget shortage.

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This just in. Georgia STATE officials (legislators) have now put forth a bill 91 Republicans and 1 Democrat claiming President Obama is unfit for presidency due to not being able to prove birth records. First, people were voicing opinions but it has gotten so serious state officials are now debating this?! If anyone has anymore info please let me know.

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of Georgia lawmakers have proposed legislation that questions whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. The proposal has the backing of 92 representatives, all but one of them Republicans. So-called “birthers” have contended since 2008 that Obama is ineligible to be president despite public records and newspaper notices of his birth.

Obama: It’s time for Libya’s Gadhafi to go



By BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press Bradley Klapper, Associated Press Sun Feb 27, 8:42 am ET

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has called on Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to leave power immediately, saying he has lost the legitimacy to rule with his violent crackdown on his own people.

With that shift Saturday, Obama dropped the careful condemnation, threats of consequences and the reminders to Gadhafi’s regime about its responsibility to avoid violence.

The president called on Gadhafi to step down for the first time, saying the Libyan government must be held accountable for its brutal crackdown on dissenters. The administration also announced new sanctions against Libya, but that was overshadowed by the sharp demand for Gadhafi’s immediate ouster.

“The president stated that when a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,” the White House said.

The statement summarizing Obama’s telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel came as Libya’s embattled regime passed out guns to civilian supporters and sent armed patrols around its capital to quash dissent and stave off the rebellion that now controls large parts of the North African nation.

Until Saturday, U.S. officials held back from fully and openly throwing all their support behind the protest movement, insisting that it was for the Libyan people to determine how they want to be led. The refrain echoed the public position maintained by the administration during the Egypt crisis, when the U.S. gradually dropped its support for longtime ally Hosni Mubarak but never explicitly demanded his resignation after nearly three decades in power.

Explaining the change, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Libyans “have made themselves clear” that they want Gadhafi out.

The tougher tone set the stage for Clinton’s trip Sunday to Geneva, where she will confer with foreign policy chiefs from Russia, the European Union and other global powers on how to drive home the message to a Libyan government determined to cling to power and crush opposition to Gadhafi’s rule.

Interviewed on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said even more forceful action needs to be taken against Gadhafi’s regime, including imposing a no-fly zone and providing arms to the rebels.

“The world has to do more,” he said.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said foreign mercenaries fighting for Gadhafi should know they run the risk of “finding themselves in front of a war-crimes tribunal.”

The two lawmakers spoke Sunday from Cairo where insurgents toppled the government of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak earlier this month.

Obama and Merkel strategized on how the world should respond to the violence that, according to some officials, has killed thousands of people. Clinton spoke with the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton to coordinate the international pressure.

Acting on its own, the administration announced a new measure Saturday when Clinton said the U.S. was revoking visas for senior Libyan officials and their immediate family members. New travel applications from these individuals will be rejected, she said.

The visa ban followed the administration’s moves Friday to freeze all Libyan assets in the U.S. that belong to Gadhafi, his government and four of his children. The U.S. also closed its embassy in Libya and suspended the limited defense trade between the countries.

It is unclear how far the U.S. — and its international allies — might have to go to convince Gadhafi that his four-decade reign in Libya must end. American military action is unlikely, although the administration hasn’t ruled out participation in an internationally administered protective no-fly zone.

U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was due in Washington on Monday for talks with Obama at the White House.

A nonviolent revolt against Gadhafi’s government began Feb. 15 amid a wave of uprisings in the Arab world. Most of Libya’s eastern half is under the control of rebels. Witnesses say Gadhafi’s government has responded by shooting at protesters in numerous cities.