Breaking the Law like Dad Did
It’s good to be king. And sometimes president (see Obama rejects top lawyers’ legal views on Libya by Glenn Greenwald posted 6/18/2011 on Salon).
The growing controversy over President Obama’s illegal waging of war in Libya got much bigger last night with Charlie Savage’s New York Times scoop. He reveals that top administration lawyers – Attorney General Eric Holder, OLC Chief Caroline Krass, and DoD General Counsel Jeh Johnson — all told Obama that his latest, widely panned excuse for waging war without Congressional approval (that it does not rise to the level of “hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution (WPR)) was invalid and that such authorization was legally required after 60 days: itself a generous intepretation of the President’s war powers. But Obama rejected those views and (with the support of administration lawyers in lesser positions: his White House counsel and long-time political operative Robert Bauer and State Department “legal adviser” Harold Koh) publicly claimed that the WPR does not apply to Libya.
As Savage notes, it is, in particular, “extraordinarily rare” for a President “to override the legal conclusions of the Office of Legal Counsel and to act in a manner that is contrary to its advice…”
Kind of reminds me of someone. Someone else who acted against the advice of their own attorney general. Who was that? Hmmm. Let me think. It’s on the tip of my tongue. Not a popular guy. Oh yes. Now I remember.
[James] Comey explained that, in 2004, shortly after he became Deputy AG, he reviewed the NSA eavesdropping program Bush had ordered back in 2001 and concluded it was illegal. Other top administration lawyers — including Attorney General John Ashcroft and OLC Chief Jack Goldsmith — agreed with Comey, and told the White House they would no longer certify the program’s legality.
That’s right. It was George W. Bush. Gee, President Obama is getting more and more like Bush every day. He must hold Bush up as a mentor figure. Even a father figure. For it sure looks like he’s trying to impress him. By being like him. Like every son wants to be like their dad. What’s that line from that great father/son song? “He’d say “I’m gonna be like you Dad. You know I’m gonna be like you.”” From Cats in the Cradle. And Obama is trying to be like his surrogate dad. To do as good a job as Dad did. Military tribunals. Gitmo. Friends to business (albeit only the ones big enough to buy favors). Attacked some Muslim countries. Even breaking the law like Dad did. Looking for his approval. His love. And yearning for that ever elusive hug. From Poppa.
An Afternoon Tea Party in Libya
But the Libyan War is no big deal. We don’t have combat brigades there. Granted we blew the snot out of a lot of things. And killed a lot of people. But this isn’t a war with hostilities. It’s an afternoon tea party. And it’ll be over before we know it. Even Harry ‘This War is Lost‘ Reid isn’t bitching about Libya like he bitched about Iraq. That other ‘illegal’ war (see Harry Reid On Libya: “This Thing Will Be Over Before We Know It” posted 6/17/2011 on Real Clear Politics).
JIM LEHRER: Senator, welcome.
SENATOR HARRY REID (D-NV): Thank you very much for allowing me to be on the show.
MR. LEHRER: Well, first on the Libya military operation, do you believe the War Powers Act requires authorization of further action?
SEN. REID: The War Powers Act has no application to what’s going on in Libya.
MR. LEHRER: None?
SEN. REID: I don’t believe so. You know, we did an authorization for Afghanistan. We did one for Iraq. But we have no troops on the ground there, and this thing’s going to be over before you know it anyway, so I think it’s not necessary.
So, you see, there’s nothing to get your shorts into a bunch about. These guys know what they’re doing. And they know foreign policy. Geopolitics. And protecting American security interests. Like in Libya. We don’t know what those interests are yet. But the naysayers will learn in time. And we’ll see that our non-war in Libya was important. And necessary. Just like our Egyptian policy will prove one day to be important and necessary in protecting American security interests. By demanding that our friend and ally, a bulwark against radical Islamism, maintainer of peace and stability in a Middle East with the Jewish state of Israel, had to step down from power. Sure, he was corrupt and somewhat oppressive. But all rulers are in the Middle East. Life was far better in Egypt than in a lot of other Middle East nations. Especially for women. Christians. And Jews.
But the Obama administration said he had to go. It made no sense. And it doesn’t now. Yet. But I’m sure it will. For they must know something that the rest of us don’t. And that post-Mubarak Egypt will even be better. For women. Christians. And Jews.
Hail the Arab Spring
Hey, look. They’re already forming another political party. Yeah for democracy (see After fall of Mubarak, group announces intent to form Nazi party posted 6/18/2011 on Al-Masry Al-Youm).
A group of Egyptians have announced their intent to establish a Nazi party with “a contemporary frame of reference,” an independent Egyptian news website said on Wednesday.
Al-Badeel, a leftist news portal, quoted founding member Emad Abdel Sattar as saying the party would bring together prominent figures from the Egyptian society. The party’s founding deputy is a former military official.
The party believes in vesting all powers in the president after selecting him or her carefully, Abdel Sattar said, adding that preparations are underway to choose the most competent person to represent the party.
Oh dear. Nazis. This can’t be good. Is this for real?
Although Al-Masry Al-Youm could not verify the news reported by Al-Badeel, two Facebook pages have appeared recently under the title of “the Egyptian Nazi Party”.
The two pages attracted around 70 followers, who mostly posted questions about the party’s ideas and policies and requested details on how to join.
Hopefully not. Perhaps it’s just a fringe group. Like Hitler’s Nazis were in Germany. Until they started winning seats in the Reichstag. And Hindenburg had to reluctantly share power with them in a coalition government. Even appointed Hitler chancellor. Then Hindenburg died and Hitler became Führer und Reichskanzler. Increased his powers. Eventually making Germany a dictatorship. The rest is history. And not a good one.
The party has a one-year plan to develop Egypt, unlike the “marginalized liberal parties, which are like dead bodies,” he said.
A source from the proposed party told Al-Badeel the idea to start it came after some fundamentalist religious waves emerged, which, according to the source, created a state of chaos and led to the burning of churches, the destruction of shrines and assaults on unarmed civilians.
It was the radical Islamist elements of the Arab Spring that created the state of chaos. Not aspiring Nazis. They’re just looking to exploit the chaos. Perhaps this fringe group will just pass on into the dustbin of history. Sure, they share the anti-Semitic views of the big political party. The Muslim Brotherhood. And there are Middle East and Nazi Germany ties. Even Haj Amin al-Husseini met with Adolf Hitler. And discussed post-war Nazi ambitions outside the Nazi sphere (such as in the Middle East beyond the Caucasus). The only Nazi interference in Arab politics would be the continued genocide against the Jews. Which meshed well with al-Husseini’s vision of a Jewish-free Palestine. Despite this deep Nazi-Islamic history, I’m sure there is no danger with the rise of a fringe Nazi political party in Egypt. Because post-Mubarak Egypt has to be even better than Mubarak-Egypt. Otherwise, why would the Obama administration force Mubarak out?
Does the President need a Hug?
American foreign policy is confused at best. Intervention where there is no U.S. security interest. Undermining a friend and ally. While our enemies grow stronger. And a past evil is coming back to life. It begs the question is this on purpose? Is it incompetence? Or just a desperate cry for a hug from Poppa? George W. Bush?
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