Oust Obama / President’s globalist doctrine undermines American sovereignty (WASHINGTON TIMES COMMENTARY) By Jeffrey T. Kuhner 03/17/12)
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The Obama administration believes it is above the law. It now openly
claims that President Obama can go to war without congressional
authorization. This is a flagrant - and dangerous - violation of the
Constitution. It is a naked abuse of power. It begs the question: Is
this an impeachable offense? A congressional resolution has been
introduced to warn that such high crimes and misdemeanors will
trigger impeachment proceedings. It’s about time.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta recently gave congressional
testimony saying that the United States no longer needs the approval
or consent of Congress before launching a major military offensive.
In particular, Mr. Panetta - to the amazement of Sen. Jeff Sessions,
Alabama Republican - argued that the administration needs
only “international permission” to engage in war. In other words, Mr.
Panetta stressed that international approval from the United Nations
or NATO trumps the sovereign authority of Congress. The
administration is now contemplating whether to topple the brutal
regime in Syria or wage devastating airstrikes on Iran’s nuclear
facilities. Mr. Obama seems to view Congress and our system of checks
and balances as a nuisance. He is engaged in a massive power grab,
behaving more like a Roman emperor unfettered by the will of the
people and its duly elected representatives. His worldview is clear -
and ominous: America is no longer a self-governing republic, but a
This brazen assault upon congressional constitutional prerogatives
has inspired remarkably little resistance. Like ancient Rome,
republican institutions are slowly being drained of authority, power
flowing to an arrogant, ever-growing leviathan. One congressman,
however, finally has drawn a line in the sand. Rep. Walter B. Jones,
North Carolina Republican, has issued a resolution stating that
should Mr. Obama - or any other president - use offensive military
force without prior and clear authorization by Congress, this would
constitute an impeachable offense.
“The issue of presidents taking this country to war without
congressional approval is one that I have long been concerned about,”
Mr. Jones said. “Just last week, President Obama’s Secretary of
Defense Leon Panetta told the United States Senate that he only
needed to seek ‘international’ approval prior to initiating yet
another war, this time in Syria. Congress would merely need to
be ‘informed.’ This action would clearly be a violation of Article I,
Section 8 of the Constitution.”
He added: “Enough is enough. It is time this country upholds the
Constitution and the principles upon which this country was founded.”
Mr. Jones is a patriot. He is a rare breed in Congress: a
conservative constitutionalist who believes in putting America first.
He rightly seeks to reimpose constitutional and legal limits upon the
president’s ability to make war. Mr. Jones has implemented a trigger
mechanism to potentially rein in the lawless, scandal-ridden
administration. His resolution enshrines one absolute principle: The
Constitution applies to Mr. Obama - as it should to every president.
Mr. Obama has already pushed the constitutional limits. Take his war
in Libya. The decision to overthrow Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi
was done without congressional authorization - something President
Bush received for his military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Hence, the Libya adventure was arguably unconstitutional. It was a
war undertaken without even the legal fig leaf of congressional
consent. It violated the War Powers Act, which insists that any
military action past 60 days must receive congressional approval. Mr.
Obama simply circumvented Congress. His behavior was that of a
Moreover, he insisted that the Libya operation was legitimate because
it had U.N. approval. Unaccountable international bureaucrats are to
have more authority over U.S. armed forces than Congress. Mr. Obama
also encoded the pernicious principle of “leading from behind.” In
other words, the world’s superpower must engage in national self-
abnegation for fear of upsetting Washington’s coalition partners.
Instead of leading NATO, Mr. Obama wants America to be subsumed by
it. The results of the Libya war were disastrous. Gadhafi’s murderous
regime has been replaced by an Islamist Libya. Al Qaeda and the
Taliban have infiltrated the country’s military, its large stockpiles
of weapons plundered. Shariah law is being imposed. Libya is becoming
a hotbed of jihadist radicalism. In other words, Mr. Obama waged an
illegal war that ended up empowering America’s mortal enemies. If
that is not a “high crime and misdemeanor,” then what is?
The administration is hoping to entrench the Libya model. This was
the purpose of Mr. Panetta’s comments. From now on, Mr. Obama will
launch military interventions based on a new doctrine: globalism. He
hopes to erect a new world order where international bodies supersede
American national sovereignty. U.S. military power is to become a
tool of transnational socialists. George Soros is in, George
Washington is out.
It is not just foreign policy. Mr. Obama has repeatedly behaved in an
authoritarian, lawless fashion. He abused congressional procedures to
ram through Obamacare. He has named numerous policy “czars” with
Cabinet-like powers without the Senate’s advice and consent. He has
made recess appointments while Congress was not in recess - a blatant
transgression of constitutional authority. He has sued states, such
as Arizona and Alabama, simply for trying to enforce federal
immigration laws, which the president is legally obligated to uphold.
This is why voters must conduct the ultimate impeachment: Remove him
from office in the November election. Until then, should Mr. Obama
attempt an October surprise by bombing Syria or Iran in order to
cynically win re-election, Mr. Jones has given Republicans the
firewall to stop him. We don’t serve the president. He must serve us.
(© 2012 The Washington Times, LLC. 03/17/12)
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