Liberal Democrats in uproar over Libya action (Politico)

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  1. Drew Wilson

    Drew Wilson AKA IceCube Staff Member Moderator Contributor

    A hard-core group of liberal House Democrats is questioning the constitutionality of U.S. missile strikes against Libya, with one lawmaker raising the prospect of impeachment during a Democratic Caucus conference call on Saturday.

    Reps. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.), Mike Capuano (Mass.), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Rob Andrews (N.J.), Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas), Barbara Lee (Calif.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) “all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president’s actions” during that call, said two Democratic lawmakers who took part.

    Kucinich, who wanted to bring impeachment articles against both former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over Iraq — only to be blocked by his own leadership — asked why the U.S. missile strikes aren’t impeachable offenses.

    Kucinich also questioned why Democratic leaders didn’t object when President Barack Obama told them of his plan for American participation in enforcing the Libyan no-fly zone during a White House Situation Room meeting on Friday, sources told POLITICO.

    And liberals fumed that Congress hadn’t been formally consulted before the attack and expressed concern that it would lead to a third U.S. war in the Muslim world.


    It's UN sanctioned, duh! If NATO forces don't go much further than what they already have, there probably won't be an extended war.

    Personally, I don't think it's bad that forces are trying to stop Ghadafi right about now. What will make this war objectionable or not is how our countries conduct themselves from here. If troops start marching on soil over there, chances are, we are in too deep. If a resolution to this conflict can be achieved with little aggression, then this intervention is totally acceptable from my standpoint.
  2. mountain_rage

    mountain_rage Zeropaids nipple Staff Member Moderator

    I totally agree with your view point Drew. If this simple measure works to balance the playing field, and create a war the people can win, then it was worth the effort. By enforcing the no fly zone, and eliminating the expensive armament used against the people, we are basically giving the power back to the people. Hopefully the measure works and peaceful democracy can start to move in. If done right, this could be a turning point for the middle east. We could see Egypt and Libya become peaceful modern democracies. With a war raging in Iraq, and Afghanistan it would leave very few enemies in the middle east. Iran is the last that comes to mind.

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