Skip to comments.Capitol Hill falls silent as Libya war rages
Posted on 03/22/2011 10:52:34 AM PDT by jazusamo
The world is at war, but Washington is eerily empty, devoid of all the power players who normally foster a soul-searching debate when the country goes on the attack.
President Obama made the decision to bomb Libya from Brazil, the top congressional leadership is all out of town as Congress takes a 10-day vacation, and Vice President Joseph R. Biden spent the weekend in Wilmington, Del. Even Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was traveling in Russia on Monday.
That left rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties with a list of unanswered questions about the Libya operations cost, its duration and the danger of the mission expanding beyond just a no-fly zone all concerns they said are souring them on the operation.
The lack of organized debate in the U.S. contrasts starkly with Britain, where Prime Minister David Cameron faced his colleagues in Parliament directly Monday, and answered their questions.
Whos minding the store while were at war? said Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat who tried to spark a debate on military action last week before Congress went on vacation, and who has since called for Congress to reconvene.
Think about this for a moment. In the last week they had time to garner 10 votes at the U.N., they had time to talk to the Arab League [and consult with] NATO, France and Britain. It seems the administration talked to everyone but the United States Congress, which has the constitutional authority to commit this country to war, Mr. Kucinich said.
Part of the reason is the Democrat-controlled Senate and Republican-controlled House voted last week to take a 10-day vacation, finishing up business on Thursday, two days before the strikes began.
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War by committee.
Democrats don’t call it war. They call it population control of people we don’t really want to see on the beach.
I figure this would show up sooner or later...
More like The House of Saud and the UK/BP.
The USA is looking more and more like the movie Gladiator with Russell Crowe about Rome.
Incredibly corrupt leader and govt, military off on BS missions to allow the govt to loot and plunder, visigoths flooding in like illegal aliens, idiot public distracted by bread and circuses (aka food stamps and TV).
The goal is to kill off patriotic men and keep them away from the corrupt govt at home. Let’s start a third war. Our soldiers are pawns being killed off for nothing.
You mean the propaganda arm of the DNC?
Junketing around the world.
On our tax dollars.
Knowingly or unknowingly, Washington D.C. just showed the American People that life in America CAN go on without our “LEADERS” present.
Bring on the Government shutdown!
Yup! The SAME!
Who will be our Maximus?
Might as well, since congress won't do its job to enforce the Constitution.
“O” basically pimped-out our military on his OWN...recognizing and respecting NONE of the required and legitimate protocols for deploying US forces. FIE!!!
Nothing, absolutely nothing, will stop a politicians tax payer supported pleasures.
The basturd should be impeached over this but Boehner doesn’t have the cajones to do it.
Maximus was a fictional character. He never existed.
Boehner still hasn’t decided what he should cry about first..Think he’s out hunting for a group hug from “friends across the isle” as I type..
yes, I know that. I was referring to the movie.
Next thing heard was "yes, sir!" as his staffer called the Pentagon.
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