Congress accepts own irrelevancy on Libya

July 06, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. 

Thankfully, Congress yesterday ended its collective denial and admitted it is completely irrelevant. 

Senate leaders on Tuesday abandoned plans to force a vote on authorizing the U.S. war in Libya. You know, the war that the White House creatively calls a “kinetic military action” to avoid calling it a war. The one that’s included nearly 5,000 raids in which NATO shot missiles or dropped bombs. 

“If the resolution we’re debating is debated and passed, it would not affect one iota what we’re doing in Libya,” said Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, according to AP.

The sad part is: He’s right. The White House today doesn’t care about boring things like listening to the rules spelled out in some old boring document that says Congress, not the president, shall have the power to declare war. Apparently, the Senate doesn’t much care either. 

What’s that document called again? Oh, the Constitution. We haven’t used that old thing in years

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