Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Hypocrisy in Libya

The President of the United States is a hypocrite who says one thing and then turns around and does another. We have seen this time and again throughout his term but none more than what we are witnessing right now. Our military is actively fighting in Libya right now without any authorization from the Congress. My argument isn’t that authorization is required as according to the US Constitution he is the Commander in Chief of our armed forces. Other than the President’s inability to declare war, he’s the man in charge of our military. But apparently Obama believes, at least he did in 2007 when he was a candidate and campaigning, that the President shouldn’t act the way he is now.
Below is an excerpt from the Boston Globe Questionnaire presented to the Presidential candidates in 2007 as was answered by Barack Obama.
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. 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.
Source: Boston Globe questionnaire on Executive Power Dec 20, 2007

So the question is, if Candidate Obama was so specific about the president not acting without prior authorization, why haven’t we had a congressional vote before spending our money and risking our troops in harm’s way? The only possible answer is he said what he said to get elected, not because he really meant it. How many more times does this man have to turn his back on his promises? Thankfully 2012 is coming soon. But people need to wake up and realize what we’re really dealing with in the President.

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