Friday, August 30, 2013

Light Blogging

Probably light blogging for awhile. Bunch of stuff has dropped in my lap suddenly.

But...if anybody can think of a defense of Obama's apparent decision to not seek Congressional approval to strike all means, pass that along...because it seems baffling and indefensible to me...


Blogger Aa said...

Isn't he simply doing what all Presidents the past fifty or so years have done? The term I've heard used is the Imperial Presidency - taking more power into the Presidency and weakening congressional oversight.

I don't agree with it, and think he should have to go to Congress in a situation like this where there is time for Congress to discuss/intervene.

But this is same old same old regardless of political party.

11:10 AM  
Blogger pmm said...

It is certainly legally defensible by the War Powers Act, which after all was passed in a veto override.

That doesn't mean he shouldn't get approval from Congress, however!

Unfortunately, it does give a 60 day "police action" get-out-of-jail-free card.

10:54 PM  
Blogger The Mystic said...

You know what this means, don't you?


5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the WaPo lays out the issues nicely:

"After two hours of debate, however, Obama was not dissuaded in his determination to have Congress debate the issue.

“While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective,” the president said Saturday in an address in the Rose Garden. “We should have this debate, because the issues are too big for business as usual.”

Senior administration officials, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal deliberations, said the debate late Friday focused on the possible consequences of introducing a proudly obstructionist Congress into an urgent foreign policy issue, the implications of ceding executive authority over war powers to the legislative branch, and the risks of not setting a time frame for a U.S. military strike."

7:29 AM  

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