Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has just inadvertently made the case for President Obama’s impeachment. On ABC’s This Week, Jake Tapper asked Gates, “Do you think Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the United States?” Gates responded, “No, no. It was not, it was not a vital national interest to the United States.”
Now let us recall what Obama said back in 2007, when he was running for president: “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.” Obama’s words in 2007 and his actions in 2011 seem rather contradictory, don’t they? And in fact, noted constitutional scholar Barack Obama was correct back in 2007. The War Powers Resolution of 1973 states that the president can only send the armed forces into military action abroad when the Congress has authorized it or if the United States is under attack, or at serious threat of attack.
Libya was not attacking us, and was not threatening to attack us. The Congress has not declared war on Libya, nor authorized military action against Libya. Therefore, this is an illegal and unconstitutional war. Violating the Constitution by launching an illegal war surely rises to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” which is an impeachable offense.
A final thought: It would be nice to see all those principled anti-war protesters demonstrating against an illegal war launched against an oil-rich Muslim country. Has anyone seen them lately? Maybe we should put them on the side of a milk carton, because they seem to be curiously missing.