As Philip Gourevitch succinctly points out, “Every American President in the past quarter century has now gone on television during prime time to tell the nation and the world that he has decided to bomb Iraq.”
Wow. That’s so much indefensible war in one spot we’re surprised it hasn’t already become an innernetz meme.
Hilariously Congress is fence-sitting the whole thing; they may or may not pass a FY15 CR (to which is attached the necessary funding mechanism for Obama’s little escapade) by the end of September. Of course…our memory fails to recall even a single year out of the last 25 when Congress actually performed this constitutionally mandated task on time, so, you know…plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
As for Obama’s authority to murder people in their own homelands, well…that’s on even shakier ground. The original AUMF has long since expired and Congress has yet to bless this latest bout of military adventuresomeness: what’s a Noble Peace Prize winner to do?
Fortunately, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.-Land of the Vaginal Probe) spoke up last week concerning his new (putative) bill. Wolf’s proposed bill would authorize the use of military force against terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) infinitely, and with no limitations. In fact, Wolf’s creation is so vaguely worded that it would allow the use of military force virtually everywhere and against anyone or any group designated as terrorist.
Forever: there’s no expiration date in the language.
What could possible go wrong there?
In another funny 1 connection to “terrorism”, Dropbox has just announced it received 268 data requests from the US Government this year. Surprisingly not a single one of those were for business users.
Wake up, people.