[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
You might remember the post yesterday about the briefing before Congress and how much arrogant contempt Obama’s representatives showed for Congress? Well, I guess I should correct the story. The Obama Administration didn’t show as much arrogance and contempt as my sources implied. They showed much, much more arrogance and contempt, if Talking Points Memo is correct:
The White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a classified briefing to House members Wednesday afternoon.
Clinton was responding to a question from Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) about the administration’s response to any effort by Congress to exercise its war powers, according to a senior Republican lawmaker who attended the briefing.
And it gets even worse. You might remember how I wrote that Obama didn’t plan to seek an endorsement from Congress and that
indeed, this “pound sand” attitude toward Congress is not even consistent with the President’s asserted authority under the War Powers Act, because even if the initial start of hostilities was legal, the President can’t keep the war going for more than 62 days.
And I went on to speculate that maybe the President believes he can finish the war in less than 62 days, but in fact I was wrong. Dead wrong. He just doesn’t plan to obey the 60 day limitation at all:
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), who asked Clinton about the War Powers Act during a classified briefing, said Clinton and the administration are sidestepping the measure’s provisions giving Congress the ability to put a 60-day time limit on any military action.
“They are not committed to following the important part of the War Powers Act,” he told TPM in a phone interview. “She said they are certainly willing to send reports [to us] and if they issue a press release, they’ll send that to us too.”
Once again the stunning lawlessness of this administration is on display.
So to borrow a riff from Patrick, their response is this:
And as if that all wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that Ben Quayle didn’t even mean what we think he meant, either.
More seriously, on every front this story is getting worse. For instance yesterday I mentioned a report that the rebels’ fighting strength was reduced to about 1,000 men. And it turns out they are falling apart as a force. Oh, and there was enough of a concern that they might start killing civilians that we had to warn them that if they did that, we would bomb them, too. Indeed, Hot Air has much more on the issue.
But there is one encouraging sign, which will be a subject of a new post in a bit…
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]