Congress Split, Weak-Kneed on Libya

This week’s news of a resolution from senior Senators to permit military operations in Libya for one year was met with muddled reaction in Congress. The splits within both parties have been preventing clear assertions or definitive action going forward. Today’s WSJ reports that the GOP is bobbing and weaving while trying to determine its actual policy preference.

House Republican leaders on Wednesday abruptly canceled plans to vote Thursday on whether to set limits on U.S. military activities in Libya, following a caucus meeting marked by rifts over how to proceed.

The delay is the latest example of how a restive caucus is making it difficult for House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) to steer a course on U.S. foreign policy. Six months into their control of the House, GOP leaders are being pressed to take tough positions by rank-and-file members, who are frustrated with bills that offer tough words but produce little action.

“You can do resolutions until you’re blue in the face; if they go over to the Senate and they don’t go anywhere, what are we going to do next—are we going to have a resolution saying we really don’t like what the president is doing or are we going to pull the trigger and cut off the faucet, so to speak?” said Rep. Tom Rooney (R., Fla.) after a GOP caucus meeting.

…One resolution would authorize a limited U.S. role in Libya, similar to a measure pushed by Sens. John Kerry (D., Mass.) and John McCain (R., Ariz.). There is little evidence Republicans will vote for it, though. House leaders are also now aiming to bring up a second measure to set funding limits on Libya activities in the current fiscal year, without leaving allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “in the lurch,” an aide said.

Some Republicans are pushing House leaders to allow a vote on a third option: cutting off funding for the U.S. role in Libya. It isn’t clear whether that will happen.

That’s right. Nothing much is clear yet. Both parties have those who support Obama’s unconstitutional, illegal, unnecessary, and hypocritical war in Libya, those who don’t support it, and those who wish to walk the line by withdrawing their support, but still giving operational control to Obama and NATO. The result is the appearance of a weak-kneed Congress. Meanwhile, King Obama is waging war.

5 thoughts on “Congress Split, Weak-Kneed on Libya”

  1. The American Congress is filled with crooks and thieves, TRAITORS, idiots and morons, cowards, ZIONISTS, perverts – NONE respresent the American people.

  2. "Congress Split, Weak-Kneed on Libya"! Oh yeah. Split as in schizophrenic and weak-kneed as in servile.

  3. Kerry and McCain present us with the perfect example of how both partys are identical. People still believe that if only Gore had won things would have been peachy yet Gore spent a good deal of time calling for the removal of Saddam in Iraq during his term as vp. The war party is made up of two partys that may differ in style but not in substance.

  4. Revolutions are internal matters of a country … the revolution in Gypto was successful internally … people were not killed, cities were not bombed, war was not raged, outside countries didn’t send their forces … whatever was done … it was within the country and by the people … without outside support … that’s a revolution.

    Look at the massacre they are carrying out in Tibby … you call that a revolution man … you call that an operation for the people?

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  5. Aside from a few, Congress is just a 'rubber stamp' for this Empire, which hides behind the facade of its totally 'bought and owned' Two-party "Vichy" sham of democratic government.

    Regarding the swath of wars throughout the Middle East and beyond:

    The Congress is either too 'stuck on stupid' to understand, or too complicit in this disguised global Empire that now controls the US.

    This series of increasing wars is easily understood if one reads Thomas Barnett's 2006 war strategy plan and Naval War College book, "The Pentagon's New Map", in which he promulgates the strategy for the global Empire (called the "Old Core" – US, UK, Israel, Europe) to start and prosecute a series of aggressive military actions across the entire swath from Mauritania to the boarders of China and India, in order to control the natural resources (predominantly oil) of the Middle East and to dominate the geopolitical structure of this entire global sector of what he calls the "Gap" countries.

    The highly CIA-connected "journalist" Bob Woodward has cynically alluded to this well understood and deadly war strategy, and the seminal, but hidden, driver of this strategy, which may very likely cause a third World War is the global corporate/financial/militarist Empire which has now taken full control of our former country by hiding behind the facade of the Empire's modernized version of a Nazi-like TWO-Party 'Vichy' sham of democratic government – of which these dolt or complicit Congressmen and Senators (and the mainstream-media) are just 'fronting for'.

    Global Empire must be understood by the American people soon, or it will quickly become painfully apparent to all.

    Alan MacDonald
    Sanford, Maine

    Liberty & democracy

    New America People's Party 2012 (the last chance)

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