Or is it Operation Goldie Hawn? Whatever.
There’s one other difference between Iraq and Libya worth noting: at least with the former, there was a sustained, intense P.R. campaign to persuade the public to support it, followed by a cursory Congressional vote (agreed to by the Bush White House only once approval was guaranteed in advance). By contrast, the intervention in Libya was presidentially decreed with virtually no public debate or discussion; it’s just amazing how little public opinion or the consent of the citizenry matters when it comes to involving the country in a new war. That objection can and should be obviated if Obama seeks Congressional approval before deploying the U.S. military. On some level, it would be just a formality — it’s hard to imagine the Congress ever impeding a war the President wants to fight — but at least some pretense of democratic and Constitutional adherence should be maintained.
Every now and then, a leftist sock puppeteering cock-knocker manages to blindly paw along the floor of his ideological cage and find a nugget of truth amongst the spent kleenex rags. In this case, it’s truth by example. Compare Greenwald’s marble-mouthed, ho-hum, la-di-da response to Obama’s use of military force to how he continues to whine about the 2003 Iraq War.
The invasion of Iraq was unquestionably one of the greatest crimes of the last several decades. The fact that it was illegal — a blatant violation of international law — makes it that much worse. Imagine what future historians will say about it — a nakedly aggressive war launched under the falsest of pretenses, in brazen violation of every relevant precept of law, which destroyed an entire country, killed huge numbers of innocent people, and devastated the entire population.
If you were wondering: Yes, apparently Greenwald gets paid to write like that.
Regardless of Greenwald’s teenage melodramatic tone, questions remain: Was Bush’s Iraq war illegal? Is Obama’s Libyan War legal?
Well, Dubya got Congress to vote for a use of force in Iraq in October 2002. The United Nations Security Council resolution 1441 was only one of over a dozen resolutions passed against the Iraqi Baathist regime. Legality? Bush had more than enough to do what he did.
According to Greenwald’s view, the was a rush to war in Iraq. Huh? Democrat President Bill Clinton was an advocate for kicking Saddam Hussein out back in 1999, when he publicly declared that regime change was the official policy of the US government. Post 9/11, there were numerous debates about taking out Saddam before the October 2002 congressional vote. Bear in mind, the fight to oust the Hussein kleptocracy didn’t start until March 2003. Far from a rush to war, the Bush Administration gave Saddam Hussein plenty of time to get in line.
Evil ruthless American warlord Premier Bush also gave the Democrat Party ample opportunity to bail out. Instead, they merrily climbed aboard the Enduring Freedom express. Liberal heroes in the House and Senate like Henry Waxman, Joe Biden, Anthony Weiner, Jack Murtha and Chuck Schumer all voted in support of using force in Iraq. Being for war against Saddam Hussein was not a fringe position of the scheming neocon Right. It was a perfectly reasonable mainstream bipartisan position. It was also in accordance with the Constitutional powers granted to the President and Congress.
So, it turns out something isn’t illegal just because Glenn Greenwald has a raging two year old hate-boner for George Bush. Who knew?
Using the criteria laid out above, does Obama’s Libyan adventurism come close to the standards laid out by Bush’s actions vis-a-vis Iraq? Not by a parsec. There has been no grand debate about the use of the American military in Libya. While the UN has sanctioned the strikes against the Qaddafi dictatorship, I don’t recall hearing about the US Congress approving a declaration of war in this case. By that alone, Barack Obama is acting in defiance of the US Constitution.
Hey Greenwald, I can see your double standard showing.
But hey, even though Operation Soaring Donkey Punch reveals the rank hypocrisy amongst American lefties like Glenn Greenwald, it’s all good in the hood. If progressives didn’t have double standards, they would have none. I mean, at least Greenwald is being consistent in his inconsistencies, right?