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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Richard Milhouse Obama
Posted by Jill | 5:49 AM
Or George Walker Obama, if you prefer. Once one president snatches powers not granted to him by the Constitution, all others will keep it:

President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations.

Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May 20.

But Mr. Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several other senior members of his legal team — including the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh — who argued that the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.

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Blogger Ema Nymton said...

Not a pretty thought. And you are oh so correct to point it out.

Ema Nymton

Anonymous mandt said...
Did you mean to write Richard Milk-toast Obama?

Blogger jurassicpork said...
I hate to say, "I told you so" but I knew this son of a bitch would do this way back when. I called it three years ago. No president has even voluntarily given back power given to him by a predecessor. As Lord Acton said, absolute power corrupts absolutely.