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Obama's unauthorized war on Libya costs $9,421,000 a day: Are you getting your money's worth?

Libya allied Bombs Blast Cars

The Obama administration is spending almost $9.5 million every single day to blow things up in Libya because the president has determined that is in the country's national interest, this country's national interest, not Libya's.

You may not have noticed the $392,542 flowing out of the national treasury every hour, day and night, since those first $1.5 million Tomahawks flashed from the launch tubes back on March 19.

But Libya's dictator Moammar Kadafi has. Not enough to quit, mind you, because he can hide while his troops do the dying and killing.

Kadafi's military might has been degraded sufficiently by allied missiles and bombs to perhaps create a long-lasting stalemate with rebel forces in the desert conflict that Obama initially promised House members would last a matter of days, not weeks.Kadafi greets Obama 2009

Thirteen weeks later Obama, who was elected running against the war in Iraq, finds himself also embroiled in an escalating constitutional conflict at home over another war that he started while touring South America with his family in March.

You may recall that nine days later the Real Good Talker did what he usually does when attacked; he gave a speech to address the outcry over the sudden conflict without meaningful congressional consultation.

"When our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act," the Democrat declared. The president made the case that Kadafi was a ruthless ruler, who vowed "no mercy" on his own protesting countrymen. Obama added:

We knew that if we waited one more day, Benghazi – a city nearly the size of Charlotte – could suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world. It was not in our national interest to let that happen. I refused to let that happen.

The trouble is that numerous bad guys are killing their own people all the time around the world. Syria comes immediately to mind as a place where government security....

....forces didn't even bother vowing "no mercy." They've just killed an estimated 1,000 protestors in recent weeks. Obama has "warned" Syria many times and frozen bank assets.

How could the Nobel Peace Prize winner order a military intervention over a possible civilian massacre in Libya, which was not attacking the United States, but do nothing over an actual civilian massacre in Syria? And how exactly is avoiding a stain on the world conscience in the vital national interests of the United States?

Additionally, Capitol Hill and many Americans have the notion that....

Libyan Rebels Prepare to Attack government forces 6-11

.... Congress is responsible for declaring war. They cite the War Powers Act of 1973, a legislative legacy of the divisive Vietnam War, which was also prosecuted by a Democratic president.

That act, passed by a veto-beating two-thirds majority, sets numerous requirements for any president involving the U.S. military without congressional authorization or a declaration of war: There must be an "attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces."

The president must notify Congress within 48 hours. And the White House has a total of 90 days to prosecute the conflict and withdraw without a declaration of war or legislative authorization.

Sunday is Day 90 of the Libyan war.

As Congress prepares to debate the new fiscal year's defense budget, House Speaker John Boehner warned the president this week he would be in violation on Sunday and mentioned cutting off funds for the mission. Cutting funds to troops, however, is extremely risky politically and unlikely.

Boehner added:

The ongoing, deeply divisive debate originated with a lack of genuine consultation prior to commencement of operations and has been further exacerbated by the lack of visibility and leadership from you and your administration.

On Wednesday, Reps. Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Democrat, and Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, both staunch war critics, sued the administration in federal court over what they call its unconstitutional prosecution of a war.

On the same day the administration delivered a package of materials to Congress maintaining basically that the conflict, which will have cost $1.1 billion by late September, is so limited and inconsequential that Obama does not need congressional authorization.

Lawyers for Obama, who is not the first president to ignore the War Powers Act, argued the Libyan operation is not so much war as normal military operations that sometimes might involve hostilities:

U.S. forces are playing a constrained and supporting role in a multinational coalition, whose operations are both legitimated by and limited to the terms of a United Nations Security Council Resolution that authorizes the use of force solely to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under attack or threat of attack and to enforce a no-fly zone and an arms embargo.

A Boehner spokesman called the White House response "creative arguments" requiring further study and ongoing consultations.

(Debate to Be Continued, No Doubt)

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Photo: Goran Tomasevic / Reuters (Allied bombs blast government vehicles in Libya); Reuters (Kadafi greets Obama, 2009); Hassan Ammar / Associated Press (Rebels prepare for battle).

 
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We can clearly see that the People of America and the European Union Need to pay for the Services of Liars Anonymous for many of their Journalists, because this is VITAL for their own safety, and for the safety of their Neighbours, their Friends, and their Relatives.

We can clearly see that the People of America and the European Union Need to pay for the Services of Murderers Anonymous for many of their Politicians, because this is VITAL for their own safety, and for the safety of their Neighbours, their Friends, and their Relatives.

The American Constitution says that America Needs more than one Hardened Liar and Uncontrollable Murderer in Politics, because People might start seeing the American President as a Puppet of Bankers and Plutocrats.

The South Africans have a Proven way to Protect Civilians, and that was a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the People of America and the European Union Need to Persistently DEMAND a Truth and Reconciliation Commission VERY SOON, and do this before it is too late for themselves, for their Neighbours, for their Friends, and for their Relatives.

The People who Confess at the Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal will be both past and serving American and European Union Politicians and their Main Stream Media People, along with the Lying Journalists who will admit to the World what they Truly Are.

These American and European Union Politicians Need to Confess that they have Uncontrollable Urges to Murder People, and that they love to masturbate when they see People suffering, because it gives them such good orgasms, and this is why they are Professional Liars and Excuse Makers in order to cover up their Despicable Personalities, and their Evil Crimes against Humanity.

The People of America and the European Union NEED to hear all the Dirt and Filth of these People during the American and European Union Truth and Reconciliation Commission Process.

If the People of America and the European Union do not hold this Truth and Reconciliation Process, but Cowardly and Foolishly Sweep Any of It Under the Carpet, then the Wise ones among the People know what will happen to their Neighbours, their Friends, and their Families.

Elections in America and the European Union cost lots of Money, and the Bankers, the Plutocrats, and the Corporations only give the American and European Union Politicians Money to get elected or re-elected in the first place if they can blackmail them to be their Puppets.

The Unelected Western Bankers, Plutocrats, and Corporations have the Firm Guarantee of the Total Compliance of these Corrupt Politicians at the expense of even any semblance of Democracy for the Voters in America and in the European Union.

Many People are convinced that most of the American and European Union Politicians are Puppets, and this was Guaranteed by them Lusting for the Dirty Money of the Bankers, the Plutocrats, and the Corporations.

To receive this Dirty Money, these Corrupt Politicians Secretly Agreed to be Filmed in acts of Bestiality or Paedophilia to ensure Total Obedience to the Schemes and Whims of the Behind the Scenes White Ruling Euro-American Plutocratic Elites.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission Process will not charge any of those who Willingly Confess, and People should understand that this includes even those who voluntarily were Filmed in acts of Paedophilia to gain the Dirty Campaign Finance from the Bankers, the Plutocrats, and the Corporations.

A Copy of this Document should be placed in every Letterbox in America and the European Union in order to delay the eventual and inevitable Military Dictatorships in these Countries.

These American and European Union Politicians and Journalists and their Puppets Around the World will be asked if they have been Secretly Vaccinated with Genetically Engineered Lethal Viruses that would kill 99% of Earth’s Population within a Week of it being Released into the Environment from American Military Bases Around the World.

Yet another distraction from U.S. job creation.
Malcolm do you want us to go into Syria?
What do you suggest President Obama about the renewed genocide
in Sudan?
When members of congress were demanding that the President take action
in Libya did you say No? No!

When the Senate voted by unanimous consent to establish a no fly zone.
Did you say No? No!

Do you want Congress to vote to cut funding for supporting NATO's action in Libya. What about cutting funding for the undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Yet another distraction from U.S. job creation.
Malcolm do you want us to go into Syria?
What do you suggest President Obama about the renewed genocide
in Sudan?
When members of congress were demanding that the President take action
in Libya did you say No? No!

When the Senate voted by unanimous consent to establish a no fly zone.
Did you say No? No!

Do you want Congress to vote to cut funding for supporting NATO's action in Libya. What about cutting funding for the undeclared wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Our chief national law enforcement officer, the President of the United States, apparently condones 'civil disobedience' when the law to be disobeyed is inconvenient to him.

Libya has the highest living standards in Africa with free universal health care and education, it is also a secular muslim state unlike most of americas bedfriends in the middle east.

There is no evidence apart from unbalanced media reports that Libyan civilians were targeted by planes that justified the creation of the no fly zone which is really just an excuse by the murderous west to kill some more poor people for oil. However, there is ample evidence that the USA targeted it's own population with planes and controlled demolition on 9/11.

What a bunch of hypocrites

It is very interesting that so many are surprised at the muslim-in-chiefs actions.
These morons voted for this liar who has hidden his records completely.
These morons voted for this liar who lied about his history.
These morons voted for this liar who lied about his socialism.
These morons voted for this liar who lied about the Constitution
Now the morons see the muslim-in-chief as he is.

Obama:
"You are shooting each other too much, so we are going to bomb you." Obama is a warmonger, a war criminal.
Obama lied, people died.

First it's not a war but a kinetic military action. Now "it is so limited and inconsequential that Obama does not need congressional authorization."

Our economy is in the toilet, recession is out of control, inflation is rising, gasoline is over $4 per gallon, people are losing their jobs in record numbers, foreclosures are astronomical - yet this administration is saying $1.1 BILLION dollars is inconsequential with no need of congressional oversight or permission.

Inconsequential? This is called insanity. It's also called totalitarianism.

Time to stop this and the Yemen folly. We cannot continue to attempt to be the earth's policeman.

I totally agree. Obama and the media jumped on the Libya invasion. What have we gained, what can we gain, from our support in the bombing? The money is better spent on our educational system. And it shows Obama is not serious about our domestic economic woes.

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp

(b) Within sixty calendar days after a report is submitted or is required to be submitted pursuant to section 4(a)(1), whichever is earlier, the President shall terminate any use of United States Armed Forces with respect to which such report was submitted (or required to be submitted), unless the Congress (1) has declared war or has enacted a specific authorization for such use of United States Armed Forces, (2) has extended by law such sixty-day period, or (3) is physically unable to meet as a result of an armed attack upon the United States.

Such sixty-day period shall be extended for not more than an additional thirty days if the President determines and certifies to the Congress in writing that unavoidable military necessity respecting the safety of United States Armed Forces requires the continued use of such armed forces in the course of bringing about a prompt removal of such forces.

According to you Malcolm, "Obama initially promised House members would last a matter of days, not weeks". I don't recall Obama ever making such a claim. Can you verify your claim by citing any public comments by President Obama? How's this one for an unverified claim: According to unnamed sources a certain LA Times journalist with the initials AM is officially on Moammar Kadafi's payroll as his Minister of Propaganda and Chief Apologist.

For someone who received the Nobel Peace Prize and was so deadset against the Iraq War, Obama(O bomb uh?) has certainly acquired a military mindset. And the notion of a "national interest" is purely fictitious(if THAT were the case, would it be in the interests of the homeless in this country? Are they benefitting from these military "escapades?").

For someone who received the Nobel Peace Prize and was so deadset against the Iraq War, Obama(O bomb uh?) has certainly acquired a military mindset. And the notion of a "national interest" is purely fictitious(if THAT were the case, would it be in the interests of the homeless in this country? Are they benefitting from these military "escapades?").

I seem to remember this president getting a Nobel Peace Prize when he was first elected... because he was going to pull us out of Iraq and Afganistan. Hmmmmmmmmmm, not we are pouring all this additional $$$ down the drain for what? Is NATO under attack? Is the US in danger? Why not Syria? why not......???

Why not use that $$$ for the US? NATO is crying that the burden is too much for them, yet it is not for us?

What happened to the promises I heard a few years ago???

Where were you when Bush was attacking Iraq? Where was the GOP when Bush was running up trillions in debt? What about the six billion in cash shipped to Iraq that vanished?

TAKE the MONEY FROM FOOD STAMPS and SECTION 8 MONEY !!!!!

ALL OF THEM WASTE'S of HUMANS MONEY!!!!!

IMPEACH the HALF BREED RAT !!!!!!

Obama should be impeached and removed from office; it really is just that simple.

Obama should be impeached and removed from office; it really is just that simple.

A "possible" massacre? You do realize that by the time the United States got involved in Libya, there was ALREADY massacres that have happened, over 2,000 have been killed in a country with a population MUCH smaller than its fellow Arab countries. But the people in Libya were able to break free from Gaddafi's rule in many areas after suffering heavy loss of life. Unfortunately the NFZ came too late for the people in Zawiya, a city slightly west of Tripoli, which were under siege for a month and got over run by Gaddafi forces, seeing many killed, graves dug up, and scores arrested never to be seen again. Please get your history in order before you make an analysis.

Furthermore, it isn't even a question that Gaddafi would've massacred the population had he seized control of Benghazi. Benghazi was the last true stronghold of the uprising, and the whole conflict may have been over. Do you know what happened last time the people in Libya protested against Gaddafi? He hung scores and scores of people publicly, and then he *made a national holiday* out of it. April 7th in Libya is celebrated like our memorial day, except there it is a day celebrating the hanging of protesters all over Libya.

Also, the comparisons with Libya and Syria need to stop. You can't be lazy with cookie cutter analysis. Syria is going through a horrendous situation, but it is NOT like Libya. Cities in Syria were not able to completely rid themselves of Assad's forces. Cities in Syria aren't surrounded by Grad Missiles shooting aimlessly into cities while the civilian population is stuck suffering.

What is interesting is if the United Nations did not take action, you probably would be sitting here writing a blog about how a peaceful uprising was able to crushed because a dictator used pure brute force, setting an example for the other countries who had people yearning to rise up.

What's the point of the United Nations if it can't protect a civilian population that was successful in throwing out its dictator from mass extermination and "cleansing"?

Obama should be impeached he has no right to declare war only Congress does. Who knows what else he is doing behind everyones back? What happened to the jobs? He keeps saying for the American people Ha.

The black Herbert Hoover is also Bush in blackface. Why the repeated emphasis on his race?? Because it is the only aspect of his otherwise miserable Republicanesque performance that keeps his white supporters, mentally chained down with guilt on his Massa's plantation, cheering him on.

A pox on both rightwing evil parties. We desperately need to fund an independent, thoroughly independent from both crapulous parties, to denounce every iota of evil they together torture us with. Considering the quality of the bipartisan betrayers craving the office, s/he'd win in a landslide. S/he'd need protection from the Pentagon, CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Homeland Security, Wall Street, etc, the true domestic terrorists, who'd try to eliminate the new president chopping off their parasitical bloodsucking tendrils, but they, too, can be rounded up and arrested for treason under the unconstitutional laws put on the books over the last 10 terrible years, before the last evidence of bipartisan betrayal is fingered and dismantled.

Question: how many times has congress declared war? When was the last time?

Answer: 5 times. The last was in WW2.

Spare me your sudden concern about the War Powers act, and out of control presidents. Where were you for the last 2 undeclared wars, or the dozen before that?

Moreover, this is not an undeclared war. The President is acting as a member of NATO and the UN, both of which the United States has treaties with. I'm sure you realize that treaties are binding on the United States, and are regarded as law equal to the Constitution. That trumps the War Powers Act.

My monies worth? From Obama's wars?...only if he is found guilty for his acts of treason. Do they still kill people for committing treason?

MSNBC reported last night that a poll of registered voters showed that 47 percent of them said they would not vote for Obama no matter what. The poll also showed Mitt beating Obama by a very large margin."A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll is the latest to show that the boost President Obama received following the death of Osama bin Laden was short-lived. The poll goes on to show that only 29% of respondents feel that the nation is heading in the right direction, and 62% say it's on the wrong track." I have know for the past two years that Obama was one and done maybe now that the left wing media is finally admitting Obama is over things will improve. When Obama gets laughed out of office and wonders why we should all remember to tell him, "its the economy stupid! As always you can contact me at work http://www. michigan-businessreview.com and yes keep those jokes coming.Obamacare is so bad that the Democrats came up with a new name for it. They call it "waiversforfavors". Is Al Gore still saving the planet from Global Warming by circling it in his private jet? Obama we hear your wife singing! Its over so take your Frank and your Wiener and go far away.

Democracy Now! had a great piece on this today . They hosted a debate between Dennis Kucinich and former Regan attorney Robert Turner. They debated the legality of the War Powers Act and U.S. military operations in Libya. Here's what Turner said, "President Obama’s position is absolutely clear: we are not engaged in war in Libya and thus if the War Powers Resolution were constitutional, it still would not apply," Kucinich replied, "if another country sent 2,000 planes over the United States and some of those missions dropped bombs on us, would that be an act of war against the United States? That is exactly what we have done in Libya." Check it out here: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/16/is_us_attack_on_libya_legal

Democracy Now! had a great piece on this today . They hosted a debate between Dennis Kucinich and former Regan attorney Robert Turner. They debated the legality of the War Powers Act and U.S. military operations in Libya. Here's what Turner said, "President Obama’s position is absolutely clear: we are not engaged in war in Libya and thus if the War Powers Resolution were constitutional, it still would not apply," Kucinich replied, "if another country sent 2,000 planes over the United States and some of those missions dropped bombs on us, would that be an act of war against the United States? That is exactly what we have done in Libya." Check it out here: http://www.democracynow.org/2011/6/16/is_us_attack_on_libya_legal

Where are all the anti war people??? They cried when GW took us to war why are they not crying now??

And why are they not crying about obozo wanting to kill another leader of a country ??? It makes no difference if he is a dictator or not who the hell are we to want to kill him?????

The Rules of Socialist Acquisition
(a representative sample)
1.To each according to his ability to work the system.
2.Compassion without coercion is useless.
3.Never ask when you can use the government to take.
4.The vast majority of the rich in this galaxy are undertaxed.
5.All we want is what's yours.
6.Monopoly is evil unless the government runs it.
7.Class envy makes a good running mate.
8.If a government program fails, repeat.
9.Every rake deserves to be stepped on twice.
10.It is critical that the expected "returns" on any "investment" are never defined.
11.Never feed the hungry on an empty stomach.
12.Always know who you're buying.
13.Exclusive knowledge is power.
14.Never be afraid to mislabel an opponent.
15.Be clean, articulate, and non-threatening.
16.When in doubt, throw a friend under the bus.
17.Never allow others' self-interest to stand in the way of your common good.
18.A liberal without guilt is no liberal at all.
19.When someone says, "I'm not a racist," he's lying.
20.A dead vote is just as good as a live one.
21.A good vote is worth casting twice.
22.Actual progress is not guaranteed.
23.Small print is the best invention since snake oil.
24.Entitlements and handouts will always overcome freedom and opportunity.
25.Integrity is no substitute for campaign cash.
26.A friend in need is a potential donor and land deal partner.
27.Never confuse powerful financial backers with luck.
28.Make sure your campaign cash doesn't cost you more than it is really worth.
29.Beware of relatives giving speeches.
30.There's nothing more dangerous than an honest political adviser.
31.The most beautiful thing about the environment is that you can turn it into an election issue.
32.Citing Global Warming yields more cash than pointing a gun.
As always you can contact me at work http://www. michigan-businessreview.com and yes keep those jokes coming.Obamacare is so bad that the Democrats came up with a new name for it. They call it "waiversforfavors". Is Al Gore still saving the planet from Global Warming by circling it in his private jet? Obama we hear your wife singing! Its over so take your Frank and your Wiener and go far away.

Mr. Ron Paul for 2012.

Regan said, “What to ask is am I better off now than 4 years ago. Is food cheaper now than 4 years ago? Are taxes lower now than 4 years ago? Is the job situation better than it was 4 years ago?”

With Ron Paul’s 2012, You, it, and they would be.
Constitutionally, legislatively, and morally, Ron Paul has no equal. His 22 year voting record speaks for itself.
As Mr. Regan said, "You ain't seen nothin yet!"
Ron Paul for 2012 Republican Nomination and President

I was listening on the news on CNN (go figure) that their are "no American boots on the ground." That's hogwash because there are. If this isn't reason to impeach Obama, I don't know what is.

I'm ok with this because when I get to be president I want to be able to murder anyone I care to murder, too. On your dime.

BullShit!

impeach this war criminal obama now!!!

WHY HASNT IMPEACHMENT PAPERS BEEN DRAWN UP TO REMOVE THIS WAR MONGER WAR CRIMINAL OBUMA FROM OFFICE WHY DO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CONTINUE TO ALLOW THIS TRAITOR TO CONTINUE HIS WAR MONGERING ON OTHER COUNTRIES UNABATED AND AGAINST ALL AMERICAN LAWS!!!!!!!

Geez ... where are all the "Just-War" purist's when we really need them. Poor dumb Kadafi starts to nationalize some Oil well assets forgetting that BP gave more $$$ to Barrack Hussein Obama II aka Barry Sotero than any other American politician living or dead. He should just apologize to BP; extend their drilling privileges for another 50 years and the war would end. The reeking hypocrisy of it all.

So according to the President the Constitution and the 10 Commandments are just a bunch of suggestions. Thousands of "smart Bombs, Nato "advisors" on the ground, caught with explosives, at the very onset, are not "Boots on the ground" paying for 50 to 75 percent of the op, while cracking the whip to the others to step up, does not qualify as leading role, and killing a mans son and grandchildren , including a 4 month old, does not qualify as "meaningful engagement"
How Bizarre, How Bizarre.

Obama is a bigger war munger the Bush ever was. He has wasted more money than any other president the USA has ever had yet pepolpe seem to love him.
Next he will start a war with Israel because they refuse to give up their land to the Muslims that should tell you something about Obama.

And this is the man who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace ....ha ha ha....


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