Back in 2007, Hillary Clinton firmly believed that President Bush had to come to Congress to seek authority for military action against Iran. She stated:
If the administration believes that any, any use of force against Iran is necessary, the president must come to Congress to seek that authority.
This is the video of Clinton making her remarks (Go to 3:49):
Surprisingly, Clinton was called out for her hypocrisy on this matter (as was Obama) by Jake Tapper (go to 8:55):
So, to sum it all up, when a Republican President wants to take our country to war, he absolutely MUST get Congressional approval. But when a Democrat is President, as long as the mission is humanitarian in nature, and is part of a coalition, don’t worry about that pesky ‘ole Congressional approval.
Ted Koppel kits the nail on the head (possibly for the first time in his career):
Why did Libya win the humanitarian defense sweepstakes of 2011?
Koppel argues that many countries throughout the world have had much greater civilian loss than Libya, including the Congo, Sudan and the Ivory Coast. So, why Libya?
A report from yesterday states that:
As part of “Operation Odyssey Dawn,” the US military also launched 22 Tomahawk cruise missiles in the past 24 hours, bringing to 214 the total number of missile strikes since the operation began on March 19, the Pentagon said.
John Kerry (D-MA) recently said to David Gregory “I would not call it going to war,” as they discussed reports of five U.S. warships firing 112 Tomahawk cruise missiles at 20 different targets scattered across coastal towns in Libya.
Joe Scarborough had a good question:
One wonders what Kerry’s constituents would call the actions of a foreign power launching over 100 cruise missiles across Cape Cod. I suspect most would consider it to be war.
You know it’s getting bad when Libyan rebels in the streets are calling for help from George Bush to save them from dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
“Bring Bush! Make a no-fly zone, bomb the planes,” shouted soldier-turned-rebel Nasr Ali, referring to a no-fly zone imposed on Iraq in 1991 by then President George Bush.”
Obama’s approach to this situation continues to be criticized. “And as Colonel Gaddafi’s forces continue to hammer them, his opponents must be toasting to the generous statements of concern emanating from the White House asserting that all options are on the table to come to their rescue….
“…Arabs know what this tyrant is all about. Who is the White House afraid of hearing from? Certainly not the Arab League (who have dared ventured to rally against one of their own)! Not the 54 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (which has also come out against Gaddafi). If the Obama administration is tied up in knots that Gaddafi could rally Libyans to oppose American imperialism and an alleged grab for oil, well, then, that is thin gruel indeed. Nothing factual would bear this out. It stretches reason for the White House to assert this as an excuse….
“….if the president is regularly urging Gaddafi to step aside, as he had so many weeks ago, well then, why was it France and not the U.S. that took the first official step to delegitimize the regime and formally recognize the Libyan provisional government?….
“….The more that the White House filibusters around the edges, the more it appears as if its Libya policy is one big alibi.”
Is it me or what? Every time I see Gaddafi with those specific shades, I think of Kool Moe Dee!