There Ain't Nothin' New Under the Sun

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
by Patrick Dorinson

We now are about to authorize the President to send our American boys into combat in a war in which we have no business, which is not our war, into which we have been misguidedly drawn, which is steadily being escalated.” 

So said Senator Ernest Gruening of Alaska in August 1964 as he spoke out against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which once passed gave LBJ almost unlimited power to wage war in Vietnam…without asking Congress for a formal Declaration of War.

The vote was 98-2 with only Gruening and Oregon Senator Wayne Morse voting against.

Later in 1973 many of those same hypocritical finger-in the-wind senators who had given that blank check to LBJ…passed the War Powers Resolution…which put restrictions on a president’s war making powers. It said in part…

“This resolution requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war.

On Friday, May 20th, it was 60 days since combat operations began in the War with the modern day Barbary Pirates in Libya, but the White House says that the President has no intention of asking for Congress approval.

“The US role is one of support,” a White House official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”

More gobbledygook and cattle crap from the Orwellian White House Office of Propaganda.

War is war.

But in 2007 then Senator Barack Obama said the following about the war powers of a president…


"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."


What was the “imminent threat to the nation” from Libya Mr. President?


Only a few members of Congress led by freshman Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky have demanded answers from the White House on why they won’t seek Congressional approval.

 eanwhile the bipartisan Good Ole Boys and Girls Club in Congress led by Senators John Kerry, John McCain, Carl Levin, Dianne Feinstein, Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Joe Lieberman… are working on a resolution stating that Congress..

“Supports the U.S. mission in Libya and that both branches are united in their commitment to supporting the aspirations of the Libyan people for political reform and self-government…Congressional action in support of the mission would underline the U.S. commitment to this remarkable international effort.”

Remarkable international effort? 60 days and the NATO powers can’t defeat a tinhorn dictator?

But still the White House won’t ask Congress for authorization and Congress is about to give him a blank check for this misguided adventure.

In 1964 only two senators voted against the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin resolution but by 1968 many Senators acted as if they had never heard of the resolution.

In fact Senator Eugene McCarthy who had voted for it, ran for president against LBJ as an anti-war candidate!

Senator Gruening had it right back in 1964. And Libya is also a war as he said “which we have no business, which is not our war, into which we have been misguidedly drawn, which is steadily being escalated.” 

Yep. There Ain’t Nothin’ New Under the Sun”