''I WAS IN THE SPECIAL FORCES!" DECLARED V.A. SECRETARY ROBERT MCDONALD.
THEN, REALIZING HE WAS ON CAMERA, HE EXPLAINED (LATER) HE WAS NOT A MEMBER OF SPECIAL FORCES.
HOW DOES ONE MAKE THAT MISTAKE?
REACHED FOR COMMENT FORMER WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMODEL JAY CARNEY DECLARED, WARNING HE'D BEEN ON A 4-DAY CLEANSE AND MIGHT NOT BE THINKING CLEARLY, THAT IT WAS PERFECTLY NATURAL FOR AN OFFICIAL TO BE CONFUSED ABOUT THEIR ROLE AND WHAT THEY HAD DONE.
"BARRY O WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES," HE EXPLAINED. "BUT SOMETIMES -- ESPECIALLY IF HE WAS WEARING HIS TIARA OR PLAYING GRAB ASS WITH BODY MAN REGGIE LOVE -- OR BOTH -- HE'D INSIST WE CALL HIM QUEEN OF AMERICA. AND WE DID."
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
Today, Law and Disorder Radio, aired this week's hourly installment on WBAI -- and airs around the country throughout the week. The program is hosted by attorneys Heidi Boghosian, Michael S. Smith and Michael Ratner (Center for Constitutional Rights) and at the opening of the program, the hosts discussed US President Barack Obama's recent AUMF request.
Heidi Boghosian: Michael, President Obama has gone before Congress to get authorization to use military force against ISIS but I understood that he was already fighting ISIS. What is this about?
Michael Ratner: It does seem bizarre, Heidi. I mean, in one way it's probably going to expand his authority -- and we'll get into some of the details. In another, I guess he feels better having Congress on his side against ISIS. It may also be now that he has Republicans on both sides, that he has an easier time getting authority to go to war. I think that's actually the biggest factor, the Democrats might give him a little harder time, not much harder, but a little harder. Let me give a little of the technical details. It's called the Authorization to Use Military Force. And, of course, under our Constitution, the Congress is supposed to approve the use of military force. In fact, of course, this president, like every other one, seems to ignore that. He has -- as people recall, he went to war against Libya without such a use of authority from Congress. And he's been fighting against ISIS for five, six months already. Although he's claimed that he's fighting against ISIS because it fits an old authorization to use military force -- the one from 2001 which was originally authorized to go after the people who were involved in the attacks of 9/11. That's been infinitely expanded so far that not only is the President bombing ISIS but he's using drones in Yemen, he's using them in Somalia, he's all over the world with the 2001. So you can see it hasn't a bit -- these broad uses of force that the president is authorized to use by Congress. It reminds us, Heidi, of course, as we've talked about, of the Gulf of Tonkin resolution which was passed to give the president [Lyndon B. Johnson] authority to go into Vietnam and fight against the Vietnamese. But it was so broadly stated that it went on forever and it expanded the war to half-a-million troops. And in addition in this case, in the case of Gulf of Tonkin, it was based on a false set of facts having to do with an attack by the North Vietnamese, a supposed attack in the waters. But in any case, these are bad examples because what happens is you give the presidents these kinds of authority and they basically expand them into world war. And what's amazing to me hear is that you have the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force which has already been expanded. And they're not planning to end that one. They're planning to leave that on the books even if they get this new Authorization to Use Military Force in 2015. So he's going to have both. And then he says he doesn't even need it. Even if Congress turns him down, he says, 'I still have the old one.' So the whole thing is just a charade for wide war.
And that is correct that the White House is asking for an AUMF that they insist they really don't need. This was established last December when US Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Secretary John Kerry: Let me try to help you a little bit on this.
Ranking Member Bob Corker: Well help me this way: Are you going to ever explicitly seek an authorization from Congress?
Secretary John Kerry: We're seeking authorization now. With respect to --
Ranking Member Bob Corker: So you are. And if you didn't receive the authoirzation, will you continue the operation? That's a --
Secretary John Kerry: The authorization for what we're doing nowin both Iraq and Syria?
Ranking Member Bob Corker: That's correct.
Secretary John Kerry: Absolutely we will continue it because we believe we have full authority under the 2001 AUMF and parts of the 2002 AUMF but here's where I want to help you.
That December 9th hearing was covered in the December 9th snapshot, the December 10th snapshot, Ava covered it at Trina's site with "Ground Hog Day (Ava)," Wally at Rebecca's site with "Barack wants war all over the world (Wally)" and Kat with "John Kerry, damn liar."
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