Obama Loses His ‘Constitutional Law Professor Hat’
(AntiWar.com) -- by Charles Davis --
As a candidate for president, Barack Obama was a Distinguished Constitutional Scholar. As a president waging an illegal war? He’s just some guy who, gosh, isn’t really in a position to talk about that complex document he took an oath to uphold and defend.
At a press conference this week, NBC correspondent Chuck Todd — presumably under strict orders not to ask about Newsweek’s Princess Di cover – questioned the erstwhile legal scholar about whether he felt the War Powers Resolution, which forbids the president from deploying troops without congressional consent except in cases of imminent danger to national security, and even then for only 60 days, passed constitutional muster.
Well, the president replied, "I’m not a Supreme Court justice, so I’m not — I’m not going to put my constitutional law professor hat on here." And so he didn’t, declaring it irrelevant — "I don’t even have to get to the constitutional question" — as he was already abiding by the law in question, rejecting the claim his actions "in any way violate the War Powers Resolution."
But the president didn’t really want to get into legal specifics, other than to point out the that the resolution was passed in the wake of the Vietnam war and probably wasn’t intended to apply to countries merely having the shit bombed out of them by U.S. forces (like, say, Cambodia). There’s a reason Obama didn’t want to put on his "constitutional law professor hat" during the press conference: he lost it during the 2008 campaign.
Back then, ages ago I know, Obama had no qualms addressing thorny legal issues concerning executive power. "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation," he told The Boston Globe.
You can see how such become inconvenient when you’re the one unilaterally authorizing the wars.
Obama also probably didn’t want to delve into the details because, when not reading the War Powers Resolution with the special goggles handed out to die-hard Democratic loyalists, it’s quite clear — indisputable, really — that the Obama administration is violating the letter of the law. Contrary to administration claims, bombing a country and trying to assassinate its leader most certainly do qualify as acts of war, or "hostilities" in the resolution’s terminology...MORE...LINK
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