The Not-War War

Political Cartoons by Lisa Benson

Orwell at it’s finest:

The White House has officially declared that what’s happening in Libya is not “hostilities.”

It depends on what your definition of War (or “hostilities”)  is is. 🙂

A Democrat will scream and yell when a Republican is President, but now, eh, so what…

And the Media? They are ok with it.

But at the Pentagon, officials have decided it’s unsafe enough there to give troops extra pay for serving in “imminent danger.”

The Defense Department decided in April to pay an extra $225 a month in “imminent danger pay” to service members who fly planes over Libya or serve on ships within 110 nautical miles of its shores.

That means the Pentagon has decided that troops in those places are “subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger because of civil insurrection, civil war, terrorism or wartime conditions.” There are no U.S. ground troops in Libya.

President Obama declared last week that the three-month-old Libyan campaign should not be considered “hostilities.” That word is important, because it’s used in the 1973 War Powers Resolution: Presidents must obtain congressional authorization within a certain period after sending U.S. forces “into hostilities.”

Obama’s reasoning was that he did not need that authorization because U.S. forces were playing a largely supportive and logistical role, and because Libyan defenses are so battered they pose little danger. U.S. drones are still carrying out some strikes against Libyan targets.

Overall, the White House reasoned, “U.S. military operations [in Libya] are distinct from the kind of ‘hostilities’ contemplated by the resolution.”

Imminent Danger Non-Hostilities are bombing Civilians and Military on foreign soil but it’s not a War because the Left says so.

I want to see the next Republican President get away with this. 🙂

Orwell’s “blackwhite”: Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to believe that black is white, and more, to know that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary. This demands a continuous alteration of the past, made possible by the system of thought which really embraces all the rest, and which is known in Newspeak as doublethink.

Doublethink: To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to believe that democracy was impossible and that the Party was the guardian of democracy, to forget, whatever it was necessary to forget, then to draw it back into memory again at the moment when it was needed, and then promptly to forget it again, and above all, to apply the same process to the process itself — that was the ultimate subtlety; consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis you had just performed. Even to understand the word ‘doublethink’ involved the use of doublethink.

First, the mainstream media is irreparably slanted in its coverage and story selection.  Hypothetical: Let’s say President Bush had conspicuously dismissed typically-binding legal analyses, opting instead to stack the deck in favor of cherry-picked opinions, all in an effort to justify carrying on a war he’d started without Congress’ consideration, let alone approval.  Would the media treat such an audacious power play as anything other than a Constitutional crisis of the highest order?  He’s trampling on the Constitution!  Imperial presidency!  Lawlessness!  Separation of powers!  But this president is named Barack Obama, and he’s a Democrat. (townhall.com)

So if a Republican, Like George W. Bush goes to Congress and get approval for War and gets it he “lied to Congress” as in “Bush lied people died” and it’s an “illegal war”.

But a Democrat President starts a war on people who haven’t attacked us and we have no interest, that War is not a war because they say it’s not a war. It’s not even “hostilities”.

But spending $1 Billion dollars to drop drones and kill people in a foreign country is not War!

Why? because a Democrat started it.

Orwell would be proud of you my son.

On a message board I posted a question, “If George Bush would have just lobbed missiles at Saddam and that was all he did would they have been happy with that like they are with Obama?”

Response: crickets. Then I was attacked as “repuke” (the far left’s term for a republican).

It was predictable.

This time, because he almost certainly knew that they’d tell him that he was in violation, he bypassed the normal procedures to avoid a binding ruling and treated the Office of Legal Counsel as if it was just one lawyer among many. He rigged the game because he knew what the probable outcome would be if he didn’t.

Just like he won’t go to Congress for authorization because he will fail and he knows it.

So lets obfuscate and play word games. And the Liberal media is happy to go along with it.

Second, forget the media for a moment and consider the precedent Obama is embracing.  According to his reading of the law, a president can initiate hostilities against a foreign nation, deploy American troops and resources abroad for months, hand off operations to a virtually wholly-owned US subidiary (NATO), then have his political team issue a ruling that the hostilities aren’t really hostilities, thus circumventing any checks from the people’s branch.

“Frankly, I think cutting off funding in the middle of a military operation when we have people engaged is always a mistake,” Defense Secretary Gates told “Fox News Sunday.”

But it’s not a War! it’s not even “hostilities” but it is a “military operation” that is not subject to oversight by anyone. Well, at least it was upgraded from what it used to be: A time- and scope- limited kinetic military action. 🙂

Rejoice.

And these are the guys you want in charge of your Health Care!! 🙂

Michael Ramirez Cartoon

The Genius of Barack Hussein Obama

The Economics Genius of Barack Hussein Obama:

[T[here are some structural issues with our economy, where a lot of businesses have learned to become much more efficient, with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to the bank and use an ATM — you don’t go to a bank teller. Or you go to the airport, and you’re using a kiosk, instead of checking in at the gate.

Hmm. I guess when unemployment is at 9.1 percent, and you’re trying to figure out why your economic policies aren’t working, it probably makes sense to try out every conceivable (and inconceivable) explanation. Who knows what will stick? The problem is obvious, though. It eventually begins to make you look like you don’t really know what you’re talking about. As Allahpundit sarcastically commented, “ATMs are standing on the side of the road, sipping a Slurpee.” 

Referring to the comment our Dear Leader made right after the Republicans kicked his parties ass in November 2010 because he had previously accused them describing the economic crisis by accusing Republicans of driving the nation’s economy into the ditch and then sitting back and watching — “sippin’ on a Slurpee” — while Obama and the Democrats did the dirty, exhausting work of pulling the car out of the ditch.

House Speaker Boehner’s office even sent a joking e-mail out today from an automated teller machine saying “it” isn’t to blame for the sluggish economy.

Only we never got out of the ditch in the first place and the Democrats want to keep digging and throw grandma down the bottomless pit.

Then there was the promise to end Cronyism. Well…

President Obama campaigned on a promise to abolish the practice of rewarding special interest groups. But a new report questions whether that promise has been kept.

iWatch News says nearly 200 of the president’s biggest donors have landed plum assignments, federal contracts worth millions or have attended elite White House events. The investigation found one third of Obama bundlers, those who raised anywhere from $50,000 to more $500,000 in campaign donations or their spouses joined the administration in some role.

iWatch notes the size of donations may have been a factor in bundlers getting a foot in the door — quote — “less than one in five at the $50,000 level got an administration position. Half of $200,000 bundlers were picked for some post; 80 percent of the $500,000 bundlers were appointed.” (FOX)

And what are the 1500+ ObamaCare Waivers put favors for his apparatchiks.

And bailouts for his campaign contributors and union buddies.

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY:The people who got those positions got them because of their credentials. They also happen to be donors in some cases. There are obviously numerous and far many more cases of people who weren’t donors who were appointed the jobs.

Amazing coincidence! 🙂
Nothing to see here…
Oh, and if you want a burger and fries with the Prez (and be a media propaganda tool):
In return for a $5 donation to his reelection campaign, President Barack Obama is offering supporters a chance to participate in a raffle to win a “casual” dinner with him at an unstated location. (CNS)
We already lost on the lottery back in 2008. And we are still trying to get rid of the foul stench of debt and depression. No Thanks.
Also in that invitation: “Most campaigns fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests,” says the e-mail. “We didn’t get here doing that, and we’re not going to start now. We’re running a different kind of campaign. We don’t take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs–we never have, and we never will.”
<<Barf Bag overload>>
<<Red Alert>>
<<Warp Core Breach in Progress!>>
“We’ll pay for your flight and the dinner–all you need to bring is your story and your ideas about how we can continue to make this a better country for all Americans,” says the raffle e-mail.
Here’s my Idea: Take all your Keynesian Liberal Economics back to Europe and yourself with them and Cram them up your Ass until they come out your nose!
And take all the other idiotic Liberal “economists” with you!
That would make this a much better country!
And finally…
I GUESS IT DEPENDS ON WHAT YOUR DEFINITION OF WAR IS
The White House facing a federal law mandating he either pull out of Libya immediately or seek Congressional Approval (which he won’t get) — a little Think Call the War Powers Act/Resolution.
President Bush got congressional approval for Iraq and Afghanistan. (you know those “illegal wars” the Left parrots all the time).
Now it’s Barack’s turn.
Only, he doesn’t want to.
Reminiscent of President Clinton’s famous defense of his Oral Sex in the Oval Office where he said it depends on the definition of what “is” is we now have the debate of what the definition of  “war” is.
WASHINGTON — The White House, pushing hard against criticism in Congress over the deepening air war in Libya, asserted Wednesday that President Obama had the authority to continue the military campaign without Congressional approval because American involvement fell short of full-blown hostilities.
“U.S. operations do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve U.S. ground troops.” Still, the White House acknowledged, the operation has cost the Pentagon $716 million in its first two months and will have cost $1.1 billion by September at the current scale of operations.
Gee, only a Billion dollars, my we have that just laying around don’t we. 😦
The War that isn’t a War.
Orwell, would be proud of you my son.
“We are not saying the War Powers Resolution is unconstitutional or should be scrapped or that we can refuse to consult Congress. We are saying the limited nature of this particular mission is not the kind of ‘hostilities’ envisioned by the War Powers Resolution.”
What we are saying is the same old Liberal mantra:
We want to do what we want to do, when we want to do it, because we want to do it, and you can’t stop us from doing it. <<sticking tongue out>>.
The other being: Don’t do as I do, do as I say! 🙂
Now that’s leadership and the economic genius that is our Dear Leader.
Doesn’t it just make you proud! 🙂

Political Cartoons by Eric Allie