Monday, March 21, 2011

The Cost of the War with Libya

When I voice my protest about the America’s current actions against Libya, I hear the same questions asked every damn time: “What could be wrong with bombing a brutal dictator to protect the citizens?" “Obama has already said it is going to be over in days, so what could a few days hurt?” “Obama also said he is not going to be sending any ground troops, so what is wrong if we do not lose any soldiers like we have been in Iraq and Afghanistan?” I get these questions all the time from Democrats and Republicans, but with the Republicans they usually add something like “’bout time that Muslim lover did something.” When talking to these folks it looks like there is absolutely nothing wrong with our government attacking Libya, but that is nothing by bullshit.

A major consequence of the war in Libya is the crumbling of the Constitution. When the president goes to war without the approval of congress, it creates a hole in the powers awarded to congress by the Constitution. Article I section 8 gives congress the power “declare war, grant letters of Marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and in water.” So basically any military interference in regards to another nation must be approved by congress.  Did congress approve this new war? No. And it has not approved any of the other wars,  either.

How the war was started shows another sign of the destruction of the Constitution. Not only did congress not approve of this war, but it was started by an unelected body of delegates of a few select foreign nations, the Security Council of the United Nations.. Am I the only one that sees a fucking problem with this? If I am, let me know so I can scream louder. The powers of congress are being shifted over to a world organization with no elected representatives and no oversight.  It is the top dog. There is nothing that can override its decisions and it continues to award itself more and more power. It has even become a legislative body constantly creating laws and sending other nations to war. The UN is the biggest mistake America has made.

I have the same response for both of the last two questions: You cannot believe anything politicians say. Bush told us that Iraq would be a quick war with no casualties. Years later and thousands of men women and children lost to the industrial military complex, we have realized there was not truth to anything Bush has said. Now, automatically, we should start trusting the politicians again? When Obama says this will be quick, like Bush did, we should take him at his word? Follow him with blind faith? Bullshit. If this asshole has proven anything it is that there has been no difference between is tyrannical rule and Bush’s tyrannical rule.

Even Obama knows what he is doing is not only wrong, but Illegal:

"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...History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action."- Barack Obama, The Boston Globe, December 20, 2007
Is Libya a threat to the United States of America? Absolutely not. It is a small, poor government that can barely push back the rebels on its own.  How can that kind of government be an imminent threat to the United States? Here we having Obama saying the only justified war is when we are in imminent danger and it would be best to have Congress's approval, yet he is going to war against a nation that is absolutely no threat to the United States and without congress's approval. Again, how the fuck can we trust this man? Just like any other politician, double speak is a second language used constantly. He will say and do anything that will get him elected.

 Unjustified and preemptive war is simply just another big government program. It is fueled by the tax payers, ran by the politicians, and harmful to, not only our own citizens, but people across the globe. The politicians claim it is all about the safety of individuals, but blowing up the people they are trying to save seems contradictory. There is always an agenda behind every act in the government and this war is no different. With our current government, we would never go to war with someone unless there is someone profiting from it. This is not what our founding fathers had in mind when they created our government out of a harsh and and hard fought war for Independence.