posted on Jun, 24 2011 @ 03:47 PM
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., voiced his displeasure in the strongest terms on the floor of the House Thursday. Congress must restrict funds for
the Libyan operation, he argued.
"We have been sliding for 70 years to a situation where Congress has nothing to do with the decision about whether to go to war or not, and the
president is becoming an absolute monarch," Nadler said. "And we must put a stop to that right now, if we don't want to become an empire instead of
Nadler stressed that he wasn’t just talking about Obama.
Rep. Nadler could not have been more correct on this. For decades now the control over the issue of war has been drifting into the hands of the
executive. We can see a few instances of that prior to World War II but the first real showing of executive control over war began with Harry Truman
when he justified the intervention in the Koreas not because Congress gave him the war vote rather the United Nations did. That was the first war the
United States engaged in without direct authorization from the Congress that I know of.
Ever since Truman set that precedent all of our Presidents have become emperors some more than others. Dwight Eisenhower was a man who did not
particularly support war efforts so much of the US foreign meddling came through CIA coups under his President. John Kennedy was a staunch foreign
policy hawk and that was one of the main differences between Kennedy and Nixon in the 1960 Presidential Election. Johnson was also a foreign policy
hawk about the same as his predecessor. Nixon was not a military hawk or a dove he just followed in the tradition of a more intervention type of
Eisenhower. Ford had too short of a presidency to really leave a mark. Carter was a moderate-to-dove on foreign policy issues. Reagan began the
Neoconservative movement in America which solidified itself under the Bush, Sr. administration. Bill Clinton supported the intervention in the
Balkans. George W. Bush was the Neoconservative of his time, supporting a war just about anywhere but he at least still addressed Congress about war
prior to any engagements. Now Barack Obama is a carry on of the JFK-LBJ interventionism which Bush, Jr. also belonged too.