Libya: A Non-Hostile War
by Srdja Trifkovic
On balance, the most harmful consequence of our “engagement” with Libya, from the standpoint of the American interest, is the brazen manner Obama and his legal team have deployed in evading the strictures of the War Powers Resolution of 1973. The White House claims not only that U.S. action in Libya is made legitimate by the United Nations, but that such UN authorization per se makes Congressional approval unnecessary. This is some light years from candidate Obama declaring, in 2008, that “the President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
The claim that a war involving the United States can be “legitimated” by a multinational agency—the UN, or NATO, or the Arab League—is legally absurd. It is also immoral and potentially treasonous. It opens the way to any number of future “engagements” which bear no relevance to American interests, security, or welfare.
I agree, Our ‘Dear Leader’ will lead us into more ‘wars’ or whatever label they place on them. Most of us in the US are sick of these ‘actions’ which waste resources, and are getting our young folk killed and maimed for no good reason, while at the same time vastly enriching the ‘military industrial complex’. IMHO these senseless ‘wars’ do nothing for us at home, and this constant meddling and bullying only causes more chaos and unrest, which we are told they would prevent. One only has to look at the Balkans to witness the decades of misery, death, political instability, economic ruin, and psychological scars bestowed upon the population. We were lied to then as we are being lied to now, some things never change.