Posts tagged ‘Libya’

August 30, 2011

August 30th, 2011

Analysis: Record prices spawn new wave of China gold bugs

Reuters | Fayen Wong

Record gold prices, rather than denting China’s enthusiasm for bullion, have emboldened investors to plough more money into gold bars and riskier bullion-based derivatives.

August is traditionally a slow month for Chinese jewelers, but many shops in Shanghai visited by Reuters reported surprisingly solid gold sales over the last few weeks, with shoppers unfazed by gold’s stellar price gains over the past few months.

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Prima Facie

Personal Liberty Digest | Bob Livingston

Prima Facie is a legal term that translates as “on its first appearance” or “at first sight.” This also means self-evident.

In other words, if something is prima facie, no inquiry is needed to further investigate. All evidence is contained on the face of a subject.

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WikiLeaks cables expose Washington’s close ties to Gaddafi

Global Research | Bill Van Auken

US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday and Thursday expose the close collaboration between the US government, top American politicians and Muammar Gaddafi, who Washington now insists must be hunted down and murdered.

Washington and its NATO allies are now determined to smash the Libyan regime, supposedly in the interests of “liberating” the Libyan people. That Gaddafi was until the beginning of this year viewed as a strategic, if somewhat unreliable, ally is clearly seen as an inconvenient truth.

The cables have been virtually blacked out by the corporate media, which has functioned as an embedded asset of NATO and the so-called rebel forces that it directs. It is hardly coincidental that the WikiLeaks posting of the cables was followed the next day by a combination of a massive denial of service attack and a US judge’s use of the Patriot Act to issue a sweeping “production order” or subpoena against the anti-secrecy organization’s California-based Domain Name Server, Dynadot.

The most damning of these cables memorializes an August 2009 meeting between Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his son and national security adviser, Muatassim, with US Republican Senators John McCain (Arizona), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Susan Collins (Maine) and Connecticut “independent” Joe Lieberman.

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Viewers vs. Doers: The Rise of Spectatoritis

The Art of Manliness | Brett & Kate McKay

The college football season starts this weekend, and I won’t lie—I’m pretty excited. My beloved Sooners are ranked number one in preseason polls, and I quite enjoy settling on the couch on a cozy fall day to watch them play (when they win at least!).

But every once in awhile, say when the announcer shares the game’s attendance numbers, I get a small niggling feeling of discomfort. 80,000 people gathered to watch 22 men run around, throw a ball, and smash into each other. The appeal is not difficult to see—there’s something truly compelling about watching the most talented athletes in the world perform. But when you take a step back, it’s really quite odd, isn’t it? Two groups of men–the doers and the viewers—and one group is far, far larger than the other.

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The Real Obama: Hope for Change!

The Daily Bell | Adrian Krieg

Much has been written and said about Obama, most of it less than courteous. People have accused him of much, some right, some wrong. The problem is that most citizens now consider him to be stupid because he keeps instituting repeat mistakes that failed on every level and in every way over and over again. Don’t underestimate him!

I don’t think he is stupid at all. Obama is a political ideologue with a dogmatic adhesion to communism that he plans to shove down our throats whether we like it or not. He is what Eric Hoffer called a “true believer.”

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Is Homeland Security spending paying off?

Los Angles Times | Kim Murphy

A Decade After The Sept. 11 Attacks, Federal And State Governments Are Doling Out About $75 Billion A Year On Domestic Security. Whether The Spending Spree Has Been Worth It Is The Subject Of Increasing Debate.

Reporting from Ogallala, Neb.—
On the edge of the Nebraska sand hills is Lake McConaughy, a 22-mile-long reservoir that in summer becomes a magnet for Winnebagos, fishermen and kite sailors. But officials here in Keith County, population 8,370, imagined this scene: an Al Qaeda sleeper cell hitching explosives onto a ski boat and plowing into the dam at the head of the lake.

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Obama’s Race-Based Spoils System

Lew | Patrick J. Buchanan

Chester Arthur was a most unlikely reformer.

A crucial cog in the political machine of the Empire State’s Sen. Roscoe Conkling, he was named by President Grant to the powerful and lucrative post of collector of customs for the Port of New York.

Arthur was removed in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes, who wanted to clean up the federal patronage system. But when James Garfield of Ohio was nominated to succeed Hayes, he sought to unite his party by picking the Stalwart Arthur as running mate.

Six months into the new administration, a deranged office-seeker shot Garfield. Arthur was president. And in a dramatic turnabout, he became the president forever associated with civil service reform, converting the U.S. government into a meritocracy where individuals were hired based upon examinations and advanced based upon merit.

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How Canada Escaped the Global Recession

Mises Daily | David Lee

Four months ago, Canadians emphatically renewed the ruling party’s conservative mandate, handing Stephen Harper and the Tories the country’s first majority government in over a decade. This victory was underscored by the humiliating decline of the Liberals — the country’s “natural governing party” — who were displaced by a radical fringe party in their office of Official Opposition in the Canadian House of Commons. Adding insult to injury, the leader of the Liberals, former Harvard professor Michael Ignatieff, failed to win his own seat and was sent unceremoniously into political retirement.

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Real People Say “Screw You” To The Markets |

Nobody is talking about this. That’s 27 – twenty-seven contracts – on the bid at 1146.75. During the trading day. There’s less than a thousand up and down the stack through the entire visible portion.

This is a tiny fraction of normal liquidity and those sub-100 numbers are more-akin to what you expect in the middle of the night when everyone’s sleeping!

All that’s left is the computers. The humans have gone home. True liquidity and participation has ended. The people have given up. This is not an isolated incident – as I write this I’m seeing it literally minute-by-minute, and it’s been very common all month. A few minutes ago I saw seven contracts on the bid at the money. Seven – at 9:57 (ET) in the morning.

The fraud, the phony bids and offers and the high-frequency ripoffs have driven everyone away.

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Secret vaccine industry ties and military involvement with Institute of Medicine | Mike Adams

he Institute of Medicine is suddenly in the news following the release of its vaccine “adverse events” research which found that MMR vaccines actually cause measles, seizures and anaphylactic shock. The old media predictably distorted the story and used it to deceptively announce that “vaccines are not linked to autism!”

In falsely reporting this study from the IoM, however, the old media reporters never bothered to even read the adverse reactions report. Nor did they ask a few simple questions such as “Who is funding the Institute of Medicine? And what is the agenda of the IoM?”

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August 29, 2011

August 29th, 2011

Euro bail-out in doubt as “hysteria” sweeps Germany

UK Telegraph | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Mrs Merkel has cancelled a high-profile trip to Russia on September 7, the crucial day when the package goes to the Bundestag and the country’s constitutional court rules on the legality of the EU’s bail-out machinery.

If the court rules that the €440bn rescue fund (EFSF) breaches Treaty law or undermines German fiscal sovereignty, it risks setting off an instant brushfire across monetary union.

The seething discontent in Germany over Europe’s debt crisis has spread to all the key institutions of the state. “Hysteria is sweeping Germany ” said Klaus Regling, the EFSF’s director.

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Gold, politics, and Venezuela

Gold |

Markets were abuzz last week with Chavez’s recall of Venezuela’s gold reserves not currently held in Caracas. Bulls are excited by the thought that withdrawing some 150-200 tonnes from the Bank of England and the bullion banks will force a bear squeeze on the LBMA, where gearing between the physical and paper markets are assumed to be 100 to 1. This stretches the relationship between paper gold and physical gold even further. They are also excited by the possibility that others might follow Venezuela’s example.

These concerns are real and should not be dismissed lightly, and the announcement could not have come at a worse time for LBMA members, who also face being caught up in a European banking crisis. Fear dominates, but the real trigger for this market emotion, and therefore its outcome, is global politics. Chavez is not just recalling his country’s gold to protect its integrity, he is waging an idealist’s war against the capitalist system and the US in particular. This is why he has threatened to move gold and foreign reserves to the countries he says he trusts, principally Russia and China, and why he is proposing to nationalise Venezuela’s gold mines.

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The West Wants to take Control of Libya’s Oil Wealth

Global Research | by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

While Libyan revolutionaries have not yet won the war in the oil-rich country, Western powers are already discussing the post-Gaddafi period on such issues as how the interim government there needs to honor its oil contracts.

In case of internal fighting in Libyan crisis, will the US and its coalition NATO allies deploy boots on the ground to protect their oil interests?

In a Press TV interview, Michel Chossudovsky, Director of Center for Research on Globalization, shed more light into the development. The following is a rush transcription of the interview:

Press TV: Western powers have said the international community will support the political transition to a free and democratic Libya: In what form will this “support” come? A “Western” democracy imposed on Libyans? What is that going to means for the Libyans? They used the same language when they attacked Afghanistan 10 years ago and Iraq 8 years ago. The US still insists it soldiers should have immunity in these countries. How will it be in Libya?

Chossudovsky: Well I think we have to understand both the nature of this military operation, the covert intelligence behind the rebels, as well as the extensive bombings of civilians infrastructure, residential areas, as well as schools, universities, hospitals which has taken place in the course of the last few months.

And particularly virtually continuous bombings, at night in Tripoli in the course of last few days. We are talking about 20,000 sorties, 8,000 strike sorties, In another words what has happened in the course of these last months, particularly in a last few weeks, is the destruction of an entire country, its infrastructure, institutions, very targeted, involving a lot of civilian casualties.

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Ron Paul calls for spending cuts before hurricane relief

Raw Story | David Edwards

The moment Hurricane Irene was sweeping through New York, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul was calling for additional spending cuts before funding disaster relief.

The Texas congressman doubled down comments he made Friday that the nation was better off in the 1900s, before the existence of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Congressman, you would really at this point, do away with FEMA and all the things it’s doing to help hundreds of thousands of people along the East Coast?” Fox News Chris Wallace asked Paul.

“Have you ever read the reports that came out of New Orleans [after Hurricane Katrina]?” Paul laughed. “It’s a system of bureaucratic central economic planning, which is a policy that is deeply flawed.”

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Ron Paul should take Rick Perry to the woodshed

The Hill | Brent Budowsky

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) should, and probably will, take Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the woodshed as America’s leading phony conservative flavor of the month, and launch the mother of all Ron Paul money bombs. While Ron Paul is an authentic libertarian Rick Perry, is a polyester political libertine who moves effortlessly from championing Al Gore to imitating Ron Paul.

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Lost in a Yemen Jail! … A DB Staffer Speaks About His Long, Strange Trip and the Secret Gulag America Has Built in the Middle East and Africa

The Daily Bell | Anthony Wile

Coming across the border of Yemen for some reason, a top Daily Bell gnome predictably (you really can’t send them anywhere) attacked a senior Yemen official with gustatory intentions. The ravenous gnome was then taken into custody and remanded to the second-most secure jail in all of Yemen, a political jail complete with dungeons, blindfolds and hundreds of incarcerated supposed al Qaeda prisoners. Foolish gnome! President Saleh’s police state was not created for his nutritional needs!

Daily Bell: We’re going to treat this interview as if we don’t know you or even, for the most part, what happened. So let’s begin with the most important question. Are you really a gnome?

Gnomish Staffer: Some days it feels so.

Daily Bell: What the hell were you doing in Yemen?

Staffer: Crossing over the border in a smuggler’s truck. They smuggle gas from Oman next door where it’s cheaper.

Daily Bell: So this is a true story?

Staffer: You can make up your own mind about the gnome – but the jail part is true. All that I’m going to relate here is the truth as I saw it and recall it. I was held in Yemen in a political jail.

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John McCain Pushed to Arm Gaddafi in 2009

The Humble Libertarian |

Could it get any more stupid than this? A new Wikileaks cable reveals that before he pushed hard for war this year against Gaddafi’s regime in Libya (by actually aiding Al Qaeda forces among the Libyan rebels with U.S. airpower ….yeah), Senator John McCain was the dominant congressional voice in pushing for military aid to Gaddafi in the form of providing lethal and non-lethal U.S. military equipment.

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Shanksville Resident Speaks Out About 9-11

American Free Press | Victor Thorn.

Has somebody actually located the spot where Flight 93—or a plane purported to be Flight 93—crashed near Shanksville, Pa. on Sept. 11, 2001? On Aug. 10, AFP’s Washington, D.C. office received a phone call from a woman in Cambria County, Pa. who will only be identified in this article as “Nicole.”

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Source: Teen in U.S. Custody in ‘Jihad Jane’ Plot

Fox News | Associated Press

A U.S. teen from Pakistan is in secret custody, accused of helping recruit terrorists for the woman known as “Jihad Jane,” a person close to the boy’s family said Friday.

Charges filed last month accuse the 17-year-old of helping Colleen LaRose in her alleged efforts to incite an Islamic holy war. Prosecutors have said LaRose was a convert to Islam who wrote of being driven by an urge to help suffering Muslims.

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9/11 After A Decade: Have We Learned Anything?

Global Research | Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

In a few days it will be the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. How well has the US government’s official account of the event held up over the decade?

Not very well. The chairman, vice chairman, and senior legal counsel of the 9/11 Commission wrote books partially disassociating themselves from the commission’s report. They said that the Bush administration put obstacles in their path, that information was withheld from them, that President Bush agreed to testify only if he was chaperoned by Vice President Cheney and neither were put under oath, that Pentagon and FAA officials lied to the commission and that the commission considered referring the false testimony for investigation for obstruction of justice.

In their book, the chairman and vice chairman, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, wrote that the 9/11 Commission was “set up to fail.” Senior counsel John Farmer, Jr., wrote that the US government made “a decision not to tell the truth about what happened,” and that the NORAD “tapes told a radically different story from what had been told to us and the public.” Kean said, “We to this day don’t know why NORAD told us what they told us, it was just so far from the truth.”

Most of the questions from the 9/11 families were not answered. Important witnesses were not called. The commission only heard from those who supported the government’s account. The commission was a controlled political operation, not an investigation of events and evidence. Its membership consisted of former politicians. No knowledgeable experts were appointed to the commission.

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Cell Phone Deals on Craigslist

Gary North |

This was posted on one of my site’s forums. It deserves wider circulation.

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If you have a cell phone contract, whether one year, two year, or whatever, you probably get discounts on phones when the contract is just about up. If you stick with the same type of phone when you upgrade, or maybe even get a higher level upgrade a bit, here’s how you can possibly pay nothing at all when you upgrade…

The last time I upgraded to a new phone for $85 total after the rebate (a smart phone at that), they wanted to buy back my old smart phone for $27. My spidy sense went off and I wondered if I get more for it somewhere else, even though I didn’t know anyone who wanted my phone. It turns out I was right…

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Why Aren’t There Urinals In Houses?

Weakonomics |

Boys, everywhere you go you use a urinal to tinkle. I counted yesterday and I used a urinal twice as often as I use a toilet. And it’s only at home when I don’t have access to one. Why is that?

Urinals use a lot less water than toilets, and most people don’t subscribe to the “if it’s yellow let it mellow” phenomenon so we aren’t getting any water conservation that way. And ladies, if you don’t know, they make urinals that don’t use any water now too.

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The Many Collapses of Keynesianism

Lew Rockwell Jr |

It should be obvious to everyone but the most dedicated adherent of Keynesianism that the stimulus did not accomplish its end. The combination of outright spending by Congress, the desperate schemes to reflate the housing market, the attempt to transfuse bleeding firms with other people’s money, and the creation of trillions in artificial money, has not done a thing to lift the US economy.

Actually, the reverse has been true. All these efforts have prevented the adjustment of economic forces to the post-boom world. And all the resources that the stimulus consumed were extracted from the private sector, for we must always remember that government has no resources of its own. Everything it does must come from the hides of private producers and the citizenry in general, in the future if not immediately.

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Ron Paul: Why a Top-tier Candidate Is Ignored by Republicans

The New American | Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.

It is hard not to be amazed by the blackout of media coverage of Ron Paul’s presidential campaign. Had Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman, or any second-tier candidate been performing remotely as well as Paul has, he would no longer be regarded as a “second-tier” candidate. To the credit of such left-leaning outlets as Jon Stewarts’ The Daily Show and The Huffington Post, this phenomenon has not gone unnoticed by everyone.

Let’s think about this.

In spite of the extent to which Paul has been ignored by the establishment media in both of its leftist and rightist varieties, he unfailingly elicits explosive applause in every GOP presidential primary debate in which he has participated. A Fox News poll, of all places, shows that the overwhelming majority of its respondents hold that Ron Paul achieved a decisive victory over all of the other candidates in the most recent debate in Iowa. Of 7,991 “active” cities nationwide that participated in the poll, and 43,293 total votes, 27,459 people thought that Paul won the debate. Newt Gingrich came in second place — with 5, 906 votes.

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BBC Responds Over False Tripoli Footage | Steve Watson

For what it’s worth here is a response from the BBC concerning footage it ran on August 24, claiming a gathering in India, with people waving Indian flags, was actually footage of celebrations from a liberated Green Square in Tripoli:

Dear Mr Watson,

Thanks for contacting us regarding ‘Breakfast’ broadcast on 24 August on BBC One.

We understand you were concerned that incorrect footage was shown during a report on the latest developments from Tripoli, and that images from India were broadcast instead.

We forwarded your complaint to ‘Breakfast’ Editors who explained in response that they realised within moments that they were showing the wrong footage and quickly took it down.

They also apologised immediately and pointed to how the problem was caused by confusion over a “feed” coming in to television centre from the international agencies.

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April 4, 2011

Two years later what have you done for us lately Mr. President

Thomas G. Brown |

The President looks like he will start campaign for office as early as today. Obama announce re-election bid as early as Monday

Well a full two years later and where has our country gone since Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. He was not my selection for President as I disagreed with his views on economic issues as well as his group rights versus individual rights. I also didn’t trust that he was going to stick to his foreign policy stance that was to promote peace through non-aggression and all had to cling to when he was inaugurated as the 44th President. Let’s take a look at some of his quotes and statements when he was running for office in 2008.

Fist let’s take a look at how he stood then on the issue of the Unconstitutional detention center know as Camp Delta down at Quantanamo Bay. Here is a statement from a few days before his swearing into office. “We are going to close Guantánamo and we are going to make sure that the procedures we set up are ones that abide by our constitution,” Mr Obama said. “We will send a message to the world that we are serious about our values.” UK Times January 13, 2009

Well this may have been a one time statement but he campaigned on this and to show that here are a few more statements about shutting down the detention Center. But hey here is yet another statement about shutting down Guantanamo.

“We´re going to close Guantanamo…We´re going to lead by example-by not just word but deed. That´s our vision for the future.” Which he stated on the campaign trail American Chronicle

But, his action on this issue is a complete opposite of these statements. In fact just one day ago it was outlined in an LA Times Article
that the President despite statements on the campaign trail has flipped and has decided to keep it open indefinitely. “Last month, President Obama reversed a campaign promise and announced plans to keep prisoners at Guantanamo indefinitely. Congress has blocked moving any prisoners from the Cuba detention center to this country, even for a trial. And the high court’s decision in June 2008 has been rendered all but meaningless because appellate judges ruled these prisoners held without trial had no right to be released.

And now, after the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, a series of new appeals seeking the attention of the Supreme Court as soon as Monday may be doomed. It takes five votes to have a majority, and because Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself from these cases, the liberal bloc is not likely to find a fifth vote.”

Well maybe this was something he had no ability to do without Congress maybe we can give him the benefit of the doubt. Let’s look at his record on the War in Iraq. didn’t he state during the campaign that he was “against it from the beginning.”

Here he defines it a little better by stating that combat troops will be out as of the summer of 2110. Well that has gone by now an it is a year later. Guess what we are still there fighting. To not call the folks in Iraq combat troops is like changing the name of a rose. The rose is still the same thing it just goes under a new name.

The clip above has Obama stating the truth that every six months George Bush kept coming out with statements about needing more time and only if we spent more money and blood we would win this war. Well Mr. President it looks like you are using the same tactics that you condemned the previous administration of using so why is it o.k. for for you but not others.

Now lets talk about the present war that he unilaterally took us into with Libya. Here is what a Constitutional Scholar from Cornell University thought about the actions.

Michael Dorf, a constitutional law expert and a professor of law at Cornell University, has said that US President Barack Obama’s decision to take military action in Libya is unconstitutional.

He pointed out that conflict in Libya is unconstitutional because Obama has failed to seek Congressional approval. Under the US constitution, Congressional approval is required for declarations of war.

U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 made the Libya action valid under international law, but compliance with international law does not automatically ensure compliance with the Constitution.

“Although the President was not required to seek a formal declaration of war, the assignment of powers in the Constitution suggests that some form of legislative consent was necessary,” said Dorf.

He further said that accoring to many observers the unilateral military action by Obama is a necessary accommodation to the demands for quick, decisive action in the field of international relations.

But the Congress clearly thinks otherwise as reflected in the War Powers Resolution of 1973. It makes clear that except in cases of an attack on the U.S. or its armed forces, the President must seek prior approval from Congress, Dorf added. (ANI)

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Here is what Congressman and hopfully Presidental candidate Ron Paul (TX-R) stated on an interview late last month with Elliot Spitzer when asked to “explain why you don’t think what’s going on in Libya, or, for that matter, the rest of North Africa is any of our business.” According to Paul: “I don’t think they are up front with this. It is said that we are going there for humanitarian reasons. But have you ever noticed around the world, there are a lot of humanitarian problems. One, in gross abuse of rights, was in Rwanda. We didn’t care too much about that.

There’s abuse of demonstrators all through the Middle East right now. But — it’s being done by governments that we endorse. There are friendly dictators. So, I think they are being disingenuous when they say this is a mission for humanitarianism. It’s probably more related to oil than anything else.”

I can go on further but you get my point that our current President is no less a war hawk then our previous ones. So when you see Obama start his campaign for the 2012 election please keep in mind that he has failed on his mission of shutting down the war in Iraq, our Detention Centers and promoting peace through diplomacy.

March 29, 2011

Congress Takes a stand against illegal action in Libya

Thomas G. Brown |

I seem to remember when I was in junior high that we had learned that the United States never offensively went to war. I was told and history and for the most part points this out. But since Vietnam we have been involved more and more in what I would call offensive wars that we didn’t not need to be in as we these countries where not a direct threat to the United States.

The Federal Government is set up of three branches with different powers that are separated on purpose by the constitution. On of these pesky powers is stated in Article 1 section 8 “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;” This apparently was not clear enough for Nixon although the Democrats have a hand in Vietnam as well.
We even created the War Powers Act of 1973 to force the President to ask Congress for permission before we go to war. The President is authorized to use troops if we have a national emergency caused by attack. We have not been attacked by Libya in fact they where not even a threat to our way of life. The only reason President went into Libya was that we are the arbiters of goodwill and needed to protect rebels and save lives of Libya. This would be laudable if we even knew who these rebels are and if the President used his own money and soldiers to enter this military engagement. But he did not do that he used taxpayer funds and the future funds of children just born and those who will be born in the future. In addition he has zero skin in the game. None of his relatives have been sent to this or any of the other wars we are involved.
The Congress was away when the President “notified” them by letter that he was sending troops into Libya. So they have an initial pass but they have to opportunity to veto this war action by convening a hearing and then vetoing the action with a 2/3 vote.

So, I ask Congress to get the stones to push for a hearing and veto this action. We must put the guts back into Congress!!