House to debate repealing 2001 war authorization

Finally!  Someone has grown a set and stepped up to do the right thing……

After the 9/11 attacks the US Congress passed the 2001 war authorization…..and ever since it has been used for the constant wars that we are fighting for the last 15 years.

The House will debate an amendment on Wednesday whether to repeal a 2001 authorization for use of military force that the administration is using for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), would take effect 90 days after the defense bill is passed, and force the administration to seek new authority from Congress to wage its military campaign against ISIS.

Source: House to debate repealing 2001 war authorization | TheHill

The debate does not mean that it will be repealed…but at least it is a start to control the endless wars that we are now involved in fighting.

The Civil War Inside the US Military

I have been writing a blog now for 10 years and I have always kept with my beliefs that we should not rush into conflict for any reason short of an attack on the nation proper……I can justify the invasion of Afghanistan but not the occupation for 14 years…..in all that time I have also been a keen observer of the budget battle especially the money that will be earmarked for the military or what we call the defense budget…..

This year is no different……I have been watching the battle for the budget on the Hill…..I have watched the propaganda machine go into full tilt boogey…..The Russian are coming seems to be the war cry…..

In early April, a battalion of senior military officials appeared before a Senate panel and testified that the US Army is “outranged and outgunned,” particularly in any future conflict with Russia. Arguing for a much bigger budget for the Army, they claimed that, absent a substantial increase in funding, the Russians would overtake us and, even scarier, “the army of the future will be too small to secure the nation.”

The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! And before you know it, Brooklyn will be renamed Putingrad.

Source: The Civil War Inside the US Military – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

It will be interesting to see where this budget, the final budget, will lead our military….will the armed conflicts continue to rise or will calmer heads prevail?

Any bets?

Benghazi–The Way It Was

Benghazi?  You remember that tragic death of the US ambassador to Libya……and with his death a tidal wave of outrage by the GOP in Congress….knowing that Clinton was the SecDef at the time it was the perfect time to build case against her and of course the president…..and so the game began.

The Congress set about having an investigation into the attacks and the deaths…..and the game was a foot…….the Repubs and the Dems at each others throat…day after day….and after years of hearings and recriminations what has the Congress and the nation learned?

It actually is something that the Repubs would like for you NOT to know the answer…….

Two years after a special House committee started investigating the 2012 attack on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, the committee has yet to produce a report on its findings. But the political infighting is still going strong.

On Sunday Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sent a scathing letter to the committee’s Republican chairman, Rep. Trey Gowdy, complaining of “repeated, unnecessary, and ever-changing demands from the Department of Defense.” Cummings accused Republicans of ignoring statements from their own chief counsel, Lt. Gen. Dana Chipman, a retired 3-star general, who appears to think the U.S. military response on the night of the attack was appropriate.

Source: Benghazi Investigation Produces More Infighting and Few Results – ABC News

There is another way of looking at the event……

Source: Democrats: Republican lawyer backs White House on Benghazi | News , World | THE DAILY STAR

Since it is still a thing in DC and since it is still a waste of time and energy……let me leave you with another thought for your consideration….

The games our elected officials play…..and they waste your f*cking money.  Just what you elected them to do, right?

Here’s a thought….how about focusing on the bastards that may have had their fingers in the 9/11 attacks that killed more than the attack in Benghazi…..sorry….just a suggestion.

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?