The Legality of War

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.

PL-107-40 Bill Content Here

House: 420-1
Senate: 98-0

Then later in Iraq, he waited for Public Law 107-243 — Joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq.

PL-107-243 Content Here

House: 297-133
Senate: 77-23

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.

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One Comment on “The Legality of War”

  1. Yep. The Libyan conflict is still going on and we are still involved — we are now giving money to the rebels. So things should get very interesting for Obama.

    Assuming the Liberals don’t try to smokescreen our involvement in Libya, it may become a major hotpoint in the upcoming 2012 election. Especially, when people start asking why we are providing financial support to the rebels.

    I read on another blog a while back that Afghanistan would be Obama’s Vietnam, but now that we are involved in Libya I am inclined to believe that Libya will be Obama’s ‘Nam.

    I like how a “liberal progressive” group of “democrats” want to impeach Obama. It should be interesting: can they impeach someone who is giving them the wars they want, the wars they keep voting for but say they are against.

    It’s not what “they” say but how they VOTE. If people would realize this then the Democrats/Liberals/”Progressives” would be in major trouble. It’s not what they say, but how they vote that is the important thing.

    On another note, I like how they are trying to call themselves “Progressive” now instead of Liberal. Of course, I want them to stop being “progressive” so that the country can start to move forward again.

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