Speaker Boehner Doesn’t Want Syria War Authorization Vote Until Next Year

By: Thursday September 25, 2014 8:18 am

We didn’t get a Congress vote authorizing a new war in Syria before it started and now we might not actually get one until long after we started fighting. Speaker John Boehner (R) told the New York Times he doesn’t want to debate the issue during the lame duck. From the NYT: “I have made it [...]

Obama Relegates Congress to Merely Providing Him With Good PR

By: Thursday September 11, 2014 7:42 am

By far the most depressing part of President Obama’s prime time speech about Syria was when this ‘constitutional scholar’ relegated one of most important checks and balances in our entire political system to simply the job of improving public relations. Obama plans to launch a multi-year “comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy” war in Syria and he [...]

A New Normal: The President Can Bomb Anyone Anywhere for as Long as He Wants

By: Saturday May 21, 2011 6:00 am

We are now engaged in an illegal war against Libya. Yesterday, the official 60-day window for the War Powers Act expired, and there was no action to approve military use by Congress, yet we continue to be involved in direct military action in Libya. With this, a new precedent has been firmly established. The President [...]

Romney: War is Peace; “Peacetime” Line Presumes Ignorance is Strength in ’12 Campaign

By: Monday April 25, 2011 4:49 pm

In an op-ed for the New Hampshire Union Leader, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for a “peacetime spending binge,” as pointed out by Greg Sargent. From the Op-ed: Barack Obama is facing a financial emergency on a grander scale. Yet his approach has been to engage in one of the biggest peacetime [...]

Guantanamo and Libya Expose Contradiction in Defense Department Slush Fund

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 10:21 am

Right after President Obama took office, one of his very first promises was to close down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which had become known internationally as a shameful mark against the US. This promise has yet to be fulfilled. I have been led to believe this broken promise isn’t really Obama’s fault [...]

By Two-to-One Margin, Voters Think Libya Not Worth the Cost

By: Monday April 4, 2011 9:54 am

Recent polling has already shown that the American people are fairly divided about our war kinetic military action with Libya, but if you introduce the issue of the operation’s huge price tag likely voters overwhelmingly believe it isn’t worth the cost. A new poll from the Hill finds that, by a by a two-to-one margin, [...]

If it Quacks like a War: Libya Passes the Duck Test

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 9:53 am

You will be relieved to know that President Obama didn’t violate the Constitution or the War Powers Act when he launched us into a third totally unnecessary war because he is telling Congress the Libya action isn’t really a war. From Politico: White House officials told Democratic and Republican congressional aides Tuesday that the U.S. [...]

House GOP Proud to Pay for Four Months of War with Big Spending Cuts at Home

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 1:00 pm

The new class of House Republicans came to Washington to make cuts, and that is exactly what they have begun doing. They have quite proudly managed to put together a continuing resolution that will cut $61 billion from existing programs. No doubt these Republicans will be held up as “serious people” who are willing to [...]

Alice Rivlin Wants to Cut Social Security So John Boehner Can Spend It On Wars

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 11:31 am

Alice Rivlin is the chief wonk appointed by President Obama to the debt commission, and has long supported cutting Social Security benefits as a way to address the country’s financial woes. Alex Lawson caught up with Rivlin and asked her about her plans right after his famous interview with Alan Simpson when the commission met [...]