Written by Ryan Crierie on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm
After years of listening to the thunderous blasts from certain corners declaring the Iraq War as an illegal war, it’s interesting to note that Bush took his time for Iraq/Afghanistan; dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s legally as U.S. Law required.
Going to war against Afghanistan, when the case was easily open and shut — Bush took the time to legally set it up through PL-107-40 Joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States.
Then later in Iraq, he waited for Public Law 107-243 — Joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.
The Libyan Uprising began around 15 February. It’s now 20 March. Obama pretty much had 15-20 days to set up the legal framework for US action with Congress, but he didn’t, instead relying on the United Nations as the sole arbiter of legality.
This is what **I THINK** Obama’s train of thought was:
“Instead of getting in a messy conflict with Congress, I’ll use the War Powers Act as my legal authorization to get the 30-60 days I need before I need to go to those people.”
Besides, we should be in and out of this place before the 30-60 days are up, with the Europeans doing the heavy lifting while we just provide logistical support.”
Then the JCS walk in the door to the Oval Office and proceed to give him a detailed briefing on how the European Militaries can’t do anything unless the U.S. provides a significant ‘first day’ airstrike capability of over a hundred missiles and stealth bomber strikes to kick the door in for the Europeans.
If the Libyan conflict is still going on in about 30 days, things should begin to get very interesting for Obama in Congress.
There’s already a small group of liberal progressive democrats who are calling for his impeachment over this.