published Friday, June 10th, 2011

Corker’s questions on Libya

Many Americans may be only faintly aware that the United States has supported international air attacks on the North African country of Libya in recent months.

And many surely do not know why.

So Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., appropriately have called upon the Obama administration to provide an explanation and justification for its decision to have our military take part in the attacks — and have urged Congress to prohibit any use of U.S. ground troops in Libya.

Americans realize that Libya’s ruler, Moammar Gadhafi, is a dictator, and we can understand why some of his people are in rebellion, seeking to depose him. But should American military forces have intervened in Libya’s civil war — without congressional debate and approval, and without a clear threat by Libya to U.S. interests?

Corker and Webb on Wednesday introduced a joint congressional resolution declaring, “The president has failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale based upon United States national security interests for current United States military activities regarding Libya.”

Corker stated in a news release on the resolution: “It has now been more than 80 days since the United States first launched military action in Libya in what was supposed to be only a very limited operation, but neither the Congress nor the American people have any clearer view of the administration’s stated mission or end game for our military involvement in Libya.

“Having been denied answers, repeatedly, to these fundamental questions or even a comprehensive debate to consider the merits of U.S. involvement in such an engagement, it’s long past time to set a final deadline to get the information every man and woman who puts on a uniform and every taxpayer who funds the operation deserves.”

Obviously, the United States must take immediate retaliatory military action anytime our country is attacked — as it did when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. But even in those situations, there should also be immediate action by Congress.

Webb shares Corker’s concerns.

He asked whether a president “can unilaterally begin, and continue, a military campaign for reasons that he alone defines as meeting the demanding standards worthy of risking American lives and expending billions of dollars of our taxpayers’ money.

“It is important for Congress to step in and clearly define the boundaries of our involvement.”

The unaccountable way that Obama ordered the U.S. military into action in Libya raises “the prospect of a very troubling historical precedent,” he added.

Corker and Webb have made important points about a very serious matter.

But our commander in chief has not yet acted properly in regard to getting clear congressional authorization before launching U.S. military attacks, for whatever reason.

That is much to be regretted.

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librul said...

Oh, please.

Substitute Kucinich for Corker, Bush for Obama, Saddam for Qadaffi and Iraq for Libya and this idiotic piece could have been written in 2004 - heck, it may have been.

We're Americans. War - it's what we do. No matter how wasteful, ridiculous, immoral or unnecessary.

We're gonna kick ass for Jesus all over the globe. We're gonna send swarms of remote-controlled drones to kill your women, kids and old men. We're gonna steal your oil 'cus if we don't somebody else will - and we deserve it, it's in the Bible ... somewhere. And since we believe in democracy, we're gonna rid your country of any leaders you have the temerity to openly elect who we don't approve of and give you capitalist puppets we find acceptable - and you will love them or CIA death squads will find you and torture you until you scream out in painful extremity that you do love them.

And we do all these things so the world can live in peace and brotherhood and strive for the highest ideals of mankind - liberty and justice for all.

June 10, 2011 at 1:32 a.m.

librul that just cracked me up!! I think you sized it all up to perfecton.

This is one of Corker's "Before I was against it I was for it" moments. LOL!!

June 10, 2011 at 7:57 a.m.
SeaMonkey said...

good piece by the tfp.....

bush was accused of going in places unilaterally...which was a lie...but obama has done it in libya......he thinks he's above our system....he's sees himself as imperial. he disrespects the constitution and the body, the house, that represents the people.

he's a punk.

as are you, librul

dumb, leftist rant.....pure idiocy...

the condemnation of obama's unilateral move on libya come from both parties..

why don't you leave, librul....if we are as you say, then why are you here?

get out.

June 10, 2011 at 10:28 a.m.
librul said...

In a word, you pusillanimous twit, NO!

June 10, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.

Hey Librul, pure awesomeness. I'm still laughing at that post. You should send that material to Sarah Palin for her next you betcha, by golly, go America speech.

June 10, 2011 at 1:58 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Gee, Mr. Editor, what an interesting article. It's refreshing to see that you think we shouldn't march off willy-nilly into war just because our president takes a notion to. But where were your excoriating comments when Bush and Cheney and their neo-con chicken-hawk goons lied outright to get us into Iraq? Just because they made their lies easily swallowed so that the corporate media and Congress could pave the way for war didn't make that war any more legitimate. Even after it became common knowledge that Bush's war was based on lies you were right there along with him saying, "Stay the course!" I am not in favor of Obama's warlike tendencies either. But you, sir, have no room to be critical of Obama on this issue without first admitting how wrong you were to support the war criminal Bush.

June 10, 2011 at 3:49 p.m.
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