Writing a Blank Check on War for the President

As an opponent for most wars…I am always looking at the reasons why we go to war and why the American people turn a blind eye to it.  (and yes I know all about the M-IC)…..

Now a days when the US goes to war it is not paid for by any stretch of the imagination…..the process skirts Congress and the representatives allow it to be so…..the Constitution addresses war and the Congress is suppose to authorize the action taken…..but for decades that whole process has been ignored…..and by the very people that claim the Constitution is sacred and must be followed to the letter.  (I guess that means only the parts you agree with and f*ck the rest of the document)

How the United States Became a Prisoner of War and Congress Went MIA,

Let’s face it: in times of war, the Constitution tends to take a beating. With the safety or survival of the nation said to be at risk, the basic law of the land — otherwise considered sacrosanct — becomes nonbinding, subject to being waived at the whim of government authorities who are impatient, scared, panicky, or just plain pissed off.

The examples are legion. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln arbitrarily suspended the writ of habeas corpus and ignored court orders that took issue with his authority to do so. After U.S. entry into World War I, the administration of Woodrow Wilson mounted a comprehensive effort to crush dissent, shutting down anti-war publications in complete disregard of the First Amendment. Amid the hysteria triggered by Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt issued an executive order consigning to concentration camps more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans, many of them native-born citizens. Asked in 1944 to review this gross violation of due process, the Supreme Court endorsed the government’s action by a 6-3 vote.

Source: Writing a Blank Check on War for the President – The Unz Review

What’s In The Name?

You have run into those people that are on the Right that term everything as “politically correct” especially if you do not agree with their wrapped sense of morality……well government is NO stranger to this type of “labeling”……

There is a new budget initiative and as with every new budget there are rumblings of “base closures” to help the country save money…….well some in the Congress are worried about the term and how it would be perceived by the people when it was made public especially if there are military units in their districts….

Every year, initial Pentagon budget requests include talk of closing unneeded military bases within the US, with their latest estimates saying they could save $2 billion annually with some simple base closures designed to eliminate excess space they simply don’t use.

Every year, Congress shoots the plan down, because no one wants base closures to happen in their state. This year though, there seems to be less resistance, though Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R – NE) made it clear that they’re not comfortable with the term “base closures.”

Rep. Fortenberry urged the Pentagon to rebrand the effort as being run by a “military infrastructure savings commission” instead of a “round of base closures.” The semantic difference apparently is significant, though there were still no promises of support for the plan.

The Pentagon is in the midst of a study on exactly how much excess capacity they have, but officials estimated that around 20% more bases than they need, with the Air Force estimating their own capacity was above 30% more than needed.

(antiwar.com)

I love it!  Re-name the issue so that it bores the public to tears and they can get away with the cuts and closures…..trying to prevent the panic that the announcements would have on families and communities….make up one of those lame acronyms that DC is famous for…..

Just another of those damn silly games Washington plays when they think no one is watching…..then they cannot understand why the public thinks they are a mess of clowns….go figure!

Secret Agent Man

During the spy craze of the 70’s Johnny Rivers had a song  “Secret Agent Man” (yes…I am that old) it reminded me that some of our cracker jack Congress may be working as agents for a foreign government….no not Russia or China but rather our good buddy….Israel.

I wrote a piece about this situation after the holidays…..(a refresher if needed………I offered the reference so that you could see that I was writing about this before most…..).

Source: Time For A Senate BBQ | In Saner Thought

I had my suspicion that the newest mouth of the South, Arkansas’ Tom Cotton….but I may have overlooked another one…..our candidate du jour….Marco Rubio……his use of terms like democracy, human rights and all that political prop stuff made me think the he was more interested in protecting Israel than protecting this country…….but read the story for yourself and you make up your own mind……..

Source: Is Marco Rubio a Sleeper Agent for Netanyahu? | Mother Jones

The more I read and research the more that I am believing the stories……and I stand by my assertion that if these stories are true then these people need to be prosecuted as spies and/or foreign agents…..but we will wimp out because Israel is our friend and ally…..which in my mind is pure BS…Israel sucks off the tit of American taxpayer……the US is NOT their friend…just their enabler.

These traitors need to be held accountable for their crimes and make no mistake it is a crime…..sadly they will not….

 

Cowards Are At It Again

I have been very vocal on what I think of our dynamite Congress…..personally I think they are lazy and just plain…cowards!

Back in the day when Obama made the decision to attack Syria, especially the ISIS controlled area….I said then that I thought it was an illegal act without the Congress in approval…..and surprised me many Repubs were saying the same thing……but that quickly died an inglorious death….why?  2016 election!

you see if they tried to force Obama’s hand on this issue they would appear to be weak and it was more important that they push it off the table than do what they originally said they would do….

To say that I have lost all respect for the institution would be an understatement…..but when I thought these toads could not get more cowardly…..I was mistaken……

Speaking today on ABC’s This Week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) dismissed the efforts of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R – WI) to explore a possible Authorization of the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for the ongoing ISIS war, saying he didn’t see it as feasible.

McConnell went on to say he “couldn’t imagine” passing any AUMF in the Senate that President Obama would sign, saying any such authorization would “tie the hands of the next president” on the war, saying the next president will have to clean up the mess.

The War Powers Resolution of 1973 forbids the US from entering any armed conflict longer than 60 days without an explicit vote authorizing it from Congress. The ISIS war has been ongoing for over a year and a half with no such vote ever taking place.

Did you get that?  War Powers Resolution of 1973 forbids the US from entering any armed conflict……..without approval of Congress…..

How long is the ISIS been happening?  18 months more or less…..what happen to the Constitutionality of anything ?  Maybe I was right…..the Constitution is just nothing more than a political prop….

What say you?

NSA: Did You Read The News?

The holiday season is over and there was a wealth of news that was sort of “bypassed” to report of something ridiculous (no doubt)……

Last week I posted a piece about the NSA spying on Israel and finding that Israel was using Congress people to do their dirty work in the new Iran Nuke deal……but if you were too busy to read the post allow me to give you a short synopsis….

In 2013, after Edward Snowden dropped his NSA bombshell, President Obama called for an end to spying on certain world leaders. But Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli bigwigs remained on the “keep an eye on” list for “compelling national security” reasons, current and ex-US officials tell the Wall Street Journal. Included in the US spying sweep were conversations between Israeli officials and US lawmakers and American-Jewish groups, which, as one senior US official tells the paper, resulted in an “Oh s— moment” that the executive branch would be nailed for spying on Congress. The White House, though, felt the info necessary to rebut lobbying Netanyahu might do against a US-Iran deal; still, it was “wary of a paper trail stemming from a request.” And so “we didn’t say, ‘Do it’ [to the NSA],” a senior US official tells the Journal. “We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.'”

Instead, the administration more or less let the NSA share whatever info it saw fit, and the NSA did just that, reportedly following tight mandates about spying on communications “to, from, or about” Americans, the paper notes. For example, the agency took out names of individual lawmakers and any personal info in reports it submitted to the White House and also omitted any “trash talk” about the administration, officials tell the Journal. At least one presidential candidate isn’t surprised by the revelations. “This administration views Congress, Republicans, and sometimes even Democratic members of Congress as their enemy,” Ted Cruz tells CBS News. “At times, it seems like they view the American people as their enemy.” A National Security Council spokesman, however, tells CBS, “[W]e do not conduct any foreign intelligence surveillance activities unless there is a specific and validated national security purpose. This applies to ordinary citizens and world leaders alike.”

Sorry but to me if these lawmakers were doing Israel a favor then they were working as a foreign agent of a foreign power….if true time for these people to be prosecuted…..where do their loyalties lie?

But wait there is even more…….

Source: The Mossad Caucus Exposed – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

Bet I can name at least two that were acting on behalf of a foreign government……you have any thoughts?

They were working against the best interests of this country….time to BBQ their asses!

U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress

There is so much more happening in the world than the “one trick pony” thinking of most people…..and who better to point these out than….ME!

Okay I admit it….I was appalled to hear that the NSA was spying on just about everyone…..but then I read something that made me think about the whole spying on foreign “allies” thing.

The National Security Agency’s targeting of Israeli leaders also swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers.

Source: U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress – WSJ

Some will be up in arms about this but me….. I am not at all….you see the Congress reps the people and in as such there is no privacy when dealing with foreign “allies”……if these people are making side deals with others countries then it is a crime…..

Were some members of Congress working as agents of the Israeli government?  If so, time for some prosecutions.  Anyone that knowingly works against the interests of the country is due for some court time.  Personally, I think that all of them should be drawn and quartered for wasting taxpayer funds……but that is just me….I would be happy if someone embarrassed these twats publicly…..I have the feeling that will not occur…..oh well….wishful thinking.

Before anyone gets all testy and stuff….Israel has been spying on the US for decades….so in my opinion, fair is fair…….what’s the old saying…..”if you cannot stand the heat then stay out of the kitchen”…..Mr. BiBi.

That is it for now…..please return your head to the sand….I will wake you up later.

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