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  • Presidential War Powers

    04/10/2017 10:20:59 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/10/17 | Douglas V. Gibbs
    President can, legally, use the military in combat operations (including sending Tomahawk missiles into an airfield in Syria) without congressional approval, or even letting them know he's going to do so in the first place There has been a lot of discussion about whether or not the attack on an airfield by American Tomahawk missiles in early April of 2017 was a constitutional action by President Donald J. Trump, despite the fact that the military action occurred prior to the President receiving some kind of congressional approval for it.
  • Mitch McConnell Ready To Give President Unlimited War Powers (Cleared for Senate Vote)

    01/25/2016 12:58:48 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    HuffPo ^ | Jan 21 2016 | Michael McAuliff & Jennifer Bendery
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caught nearly everybody off guard late Wednesday by quietly clearing the path for new legislation to declare war on the self-described Islamic State -- an issue he'd signaled for months he had no interest in touching. McConnell introduced a sweeping authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, that would give the president new authority to take action against the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL. It wouldn't put any limits on the duration, geography or use of U.S. ground combat troops in the war, or on the means by which...
  • Obama's call for war powers to take on ISIS is the start of the "OBAMA CRUSADES" (Unbelievable)

    02/11/2015 11:11:31 PM PST · by Perseverando · 52 replies
    Vanity | February 12, 2015 | Vanity
    There has been much discussion after Obama's contrived comparison of the Crusades and Christianity to Islam and ISIS at the National Prayer Breakfast last week. And then yesterday we have Obama asking for "war powers" to go after ISIS. It just occurred to me, that Obama ironically prophesied his next foreign policy disaster. Obama is launching the 21st century's "Obama Crusades." May God have mercy on America and our military forces.
  • Lawmakers expect resistance to granting Obama war powers

    02/06/2015 8:00:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2015 10:43 AM EST | Andrew Taylor and Nedra Pickler
    Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will face some resistance to a vote to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants despite international outrage over video of militants beheading their captives and burning one alive. War authorizations are among the most difficult issues to confront members of Congress. Several Democrats will be reluctant to approve new war powers unless there is a clear deadline or some way to pay for the military operation. Some Republicans, strong foes of the president, will object to giving Obama the authority. Obama is poised in coming days to ask Congress for new...
  • Kerry: New flexible war powers needed to fight IS

    12/09/2014 12:07:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 9, 2014 3:01 PM EST | Deb Riechmann
    Secretary of State John Kerry says a new congressional authorization for U.S. military operations against the Islamic State should not be limited to Iraq and Syria and should not bind President Barack Obama from ever deploying ground troops against the group if necessary. […] Obama is using congressional authorizations that former President George W. Bush relied on after 9/11—ones that critics say are a legal stretch at best. …
  • Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization

    09/25/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/23/2014 | Matt Fuller
    The United States has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, but don’t bet on Congress returning to Washington to vote on a new war authorization anytime soon. Shortly after airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria started, some lawmakers started pushing again for an authorization vote. But so far, leaders aren’t gearing up to bring their members back to town. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van...
  • Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

    09/10/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/9/2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama told congressional leaders in a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority to launch broader attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, downplaying the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night. Obama “told the leaders that he has the authority he needs to take action against [the Islamic State] in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address tomorrow,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting that included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker John Boehner,...
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and...

    06/16/2014 3:56:21 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    The White House ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | President Barack Hussein Obama II
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 16, 2014 Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate June 16, 2014 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Starting on June 15, 2014, up to approximately 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. This force is deploying for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for combat. This force will...
  • McCain, Kaine unveil measure to change war powers

    01/19/2014 4:37:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 3:56 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    Two members of the Senate are pressing for significant changes to how presidents consult with Congress on sending the military into war. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., unveiled legislation on Thursday that would repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution, often ignored by presidents of both parties, and replace it with a new law that requires greater consultation and a congressional vote within 30 days on any significant armed conflict. …
  • War, war, what is it good for -- can America bomb and kill for bragging rights?

    09/05/2013 9:18:16 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/05/2013 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    President Obama’s request for express congressional authorization for a limited aerial invasion of Syria raises profound legal and constitutional questions. For starters, there is simply no legal basis in international law to support an American invasion of Syria. Yet, notwithstanding that, federal law permits the president to commit U.S. military forces anywhere he wants for up to 90 days, without express authorization from Congress. So, why did Obama ask for the authorization he surely knows he already has? Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a civil war. Those seeking to oust the government of President Bashar...
  • US builds case for Syria strikes

    08/26/2013 5:06:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | August 26, 2013
    The United States Monday built a humanitarian and legal case for military action against Syria, rooted in the proposition that an "undeniable" chemical attack had shattered international codes of war. Obama has spent months trying to avoid being sucked into a war which has killed at least 100,000 people, after extracting US troops from Iraq, and as he brings them home from Afghanistan. His defenders point out he is hardly a reluctant commander-in-chief: He leads a ruthless drone war worldwide and risked his presidency to kill Osama bin Laden. But his instincts are to avoid new foreign quagmires and he...
  • Obama doesn't need Congress to intervene in Syria

    08/26/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    AFP ^ | August 26, 2013
    US President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress -- a process which has begun, according to both sides. "The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead," Kerry said Monday in a strongly-worded statement on Syria.
  • What Rand Paul Misses: Congress, not the Constitution, should curtail the president’s war powers.

    03/09/2013 5:03:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    It was Wednesday, shortly before Senator Rand Paul’s bravura 13-hour filibuster, the Jimmy Stewart star turn in Paul’s crusade to have the Constitution ban a bogeyman of his own making: the killing of American citizens on American soil by America’s armed forces — a scandal that clearly cries out for action, having occurred exactly zero times in the 20 years since jihadists commenced hostilities by bombing the World Trade Center. At a hearing of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Ted Cruz was grilling Attorney General Eric Holder. Cruz seemed beside himself — in the theatrical spirit of the day — over...
  • Obama Demands More War-making Powers from Congress

    04/04/2012 8:21:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies
    New American ^ | April 4, 2012 | Alex Newman
    The Obama administration wants Congress to grant it even broader authority and more funding to send U.S. troops on missions around the world dealing with everything from terror and narcotics to supporting national governments facing opposition and law enforcement operations, senior Defense Department officials told a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee. And lawmakers seemed happy to comply. According to the administration, the line between terrorism and crime is becoming increasingly blurry. And so, the Pentagon officials claimed, legislation is needed to further blur the line between national defense and law enforcement. More power should also be granted to allow U.S. troops...
  • Obama impeachment bill now in Congress

    03/11/2012 1:40:07 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 65 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | March 10, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Let the president be duly warned. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that should the president use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.” Specifically, Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reserves for Congress alone the power to declare war, a restriction that has been sorely tested in recent years, including Obama’s authorization of military force in Libya. In an exclusive WND column, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo claims that Jones introduced his...
  • Russia: Geneva Convention flouted in Gaddafi death

    10/21/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | October 21, 2011
    (Reuters) - Russia believes that Muammar Gaddafi should have been treated as a prisoner of war according to the Geneva Conventions and should not have been killed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, calling for an investigation into his death. "We have to lean on facts and international laws. They say that in a course of armed conflicts international humanitarian rules written in Geneva conventions are enforced," Lavrov said in a radio interview. Gaddafi died in unclear but bloody circumstances shortly after the fugitive former strongman was captured by transitional government forces on Thursday, two months after he was...
  • Obama: Gaddafi death is warning to iron-fist rulers

    10/20/2011 4:55:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/20/11 | Matt Spetalnick and Laura MacInnis - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi's death on Thursday as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule "inevitably comes to an end," and as vindication for his cautious strategy toward Libya. Obama joined U.S. politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi, who was for decades regarded as a nemesis of American presidents, and also claimed some of the credit for the Libyan strongman's downfall. ... "This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own...
  • White House lawyers who drafted secret Awlaki kill memo were critics of Bush’s war powers

    10/11/2011 4:03:58 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Oct 11 2011 | Allahpundit
    Not the first time that the left’s anti-war legal heroes have morphed from civil libertarians when Bush was in office to war-power expansionists once they went to work for The One. Remember when Harold Koh convinced Obama that he didn’t need to bother with congressional authorization after all if he wanted to wage war in Libya? Good times. The latest converts to the church of It’s Okay When We Do It: OLC lawyers David Barron and Martin Lederman, who, it turns out, co-authored the legal memo last summer arguing that the killing of Awlaki was legal, notwithstanding the fact that...
  • Qaddafi's Downfall, Obama's Victory

    08/23/2011 2:37:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | AUG 22 2011
    For Barack Obama, "leading from behind" has never looked so ... decisive. With Libyan rebels celebrating in downtown Tripoli, and Muammar el-Qaddafi apparently in hiding, the president's supporters are claiming vindication for a much-criticized approach to regime change in the Arab world. Obama's strategy amounted to staying resolutely behind the scenes throughout the five-month NATO air operation. To wit: Don't say the United States is openly engaged in ousting Qaddafi. Don't even concede the United States is going to war. Take cover behind a political imprimatur for action from the Arab League and United Nations, and let Europe lead the...
  • McCain: Qaddafi's WMDs must be secured

    08/23/2011 5:59:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2011-08-23 | David Morgan
    Sen. John McCain said that as Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi faces an "inevitable" end, the U.S. should concern itself with helping contain weapons from Qaddafi's arsenal. "We've got to secure these weapons depots," the Arizona Republican said on CBS' "The Early Show" Tuesday. "that have huge, huge numbers of weapons, and apparently mustard gas and other weapons of mass destruction."