The United States is at War again.
On March 7, 2011 – The French and the United Kingdom first pressured for the establishment of a No-Fly Zone over Libya, but backed down. As of this moment the military interference in an internal Conflict, commonly known as Civil War, was on the table.
The Arab league supported this Idea, but never intended to get involved by themselves just in case something went terribly wrong, and in a military conflict there is always a possibility to blame others.
On March 17, 2011 – the Unites Nations Security Council approved, from pressure of the French President Sarkozy, a military intervention in Libya.
“SC/10200 United Nations security council approves a ‘No-Fly Zone’ over Libya’ (1), authorizing ‘All measures’ to protect civilians.
This fungous declaration leaves a lot of room for interpretation and even more questions.
On March 19, 2011 – the First Air Strikes began in cooperation with Missile attacks from U.S. Battle ships.
President Obama has, illegally and without consent, sent U.S. Armed Forces into a conflict. Though he had plenty of time to consult with the Congress and call for an urgent emergency meeting getting Congressional Approval, President Obama decided to play Golf, pick his favorite NCAA team and travel to South America.
This action is not only highly illegal but also endangers American soldiers. Illegal because we have a constitution and the constitution is clear on when, where and how the president is authorized to engage the Armed Forces in a conflict without Congressional Approval.
The War Power Act from 1973 (2), established by the 93rd Congress after the Vietnam conflict was put in place exactly to prevent any U.S. President to engage the U.S. in a War without approval again.
More important than the Power Act is the United States constitution. Article I – Section VIII (3) rests the power to declare War solely to the United States Congress, and requires both the Commander-in-Chief AND the Congress to commit U.S. Troops; otherwise any Action would be unconstitutional.
Article II – Section II (3) of the U.S. Constitution sure identifies the U.S. President as the civilian oversight of the U.S. Military and Commander in chief, but does not allow him to use the Armed Forces to enforce its political will on foreign Nations.
March 22, 2011 – the first American Airplane, an F-15 Strike Eagle, crashes over Libya (4). And despite the statements from the Pentagon that this Jet was ‘Not’ shot down, but crashed due to technical failure the situation remains the same. According to UK Guardian the Pilots could not have known if the people who found them were friendly or non-friendly since they all were heavily armed.
Praise the Lord the Fighter Pilots are safe and well, but it could have been the other way around.
There are many questions that now rise from this situation. Speaker of the House John Boehner sent a few questions to President Obama concerning the American involvement in this “Action” I think he asked the wrong questions. So let me as ask a few here:
My first question concerns the UN Resolution – Gaddafi, Libya and the rebels
The UN Resolution declares “All necessary Measures to protect Civilians”. But what does that mean, who is a civilian in this case and who is a participant in an armed internal conflict.
In my understanding of the Geneva Convention (5) a person that is armed and participates in a violent action is not to be considered an unarmed unprotected Civilian and falls under the rules of Engagement.
Muammar al-Gaddafi should have been taken out 30 years ago. But it was the European Countries, especially France, Germany, Austria, Russia and so on who protected him and made him diplomatically eligible (6).
No matter what one thinks about Gaddafi he is the legal Head of Libya, his citizens have supported him for the past 30 years. Now the very same Citizens rebel against him.
I definitely agree and support the revolution, but this is an internal conflict and when the UN claims falsely that the western alliance is to protect “Civilians” this is a fraudulent inflammatory statement because as I mentioned above armed Civilians participating in a violent conflict are not protected under the Geneva Convention.
So here is my first question – why is the United Nations so eager to get involved in that conflict?
In my opinion the United Nations together with the French and the UK in cooperation with the European Union uses the U.S. Armed Forces to interfere illegally to overthrow a uncomfortable Dictator for economical (in favor of the European Union and NOT the U.S.) and political reasons (to strengthen Muslim radical groupings).
My next Questions go straight to the Situation of the American Soldiers.
The fact that we have never officially declared war on Libya raises many questions concerning the legal status of our Armed Forces.
Many Military experts and the NATO command already warn that, should the rebels not prevail, a Ground Force operation would be the next logical step. Taking a closer look at the fuzzy UN declaration the application of Ground Forces is not being ruled out. And that brings me to the point.
Since when – does the United Nations run our Armed Forces for their advantage? Since when is the UN in charge of our Soldiers? Ok you might say – sure since the UN puppet Obama is president – but where is the Congress on this?
What is the benefit – does that mean we now get access to the oil and gas of Libya or does that mean we spend American Tax Dollars (over 70 Million Dollars in the past 3 days in Tomahawk Missiles) to make sure the Arab league and the European Union gets the financial benefit?
What if – the fighter Jet Pilots would have been shot down, not in friendly but enemy territory? Since Gaddafi already declared that he does not accept the UN resolution, he could have considered the Pilots terrorists, spies, or God knows what and punished them at will, even execution.
What if – we send ground forces into Libya? What is the status of the conflict? Is this a Police Action, a war, an expedition – what?
And the question is not so far off because this question involves the treatment of the soldiers and their families when they come home according to the U.S. Veterans Affairs regulations.
Only Combat Veterans participating in an official declared War are eligible for the “War-veteran-Benefits” (7). Every military person knows that the benefits, retirement, and other social assistance for homecoming soldiers have a specific distinction – Soldiers in times of peace and soldiers in combat.
What happens – to the families of the fallen? Do they receive surviving dependents benefits of a soldier at war or the smaller benefits for a soldier in peace?
Remember we have never declared war officially on Libya.
Remember how long it took to accept the Vietnam Veterans legally as War Veterans? It took until 2003, under the Bush Administration to recognize veterans’ benefits for Soldiers exposed to Agent Orange (7). Or the legal battles on legally accepting the fact that Operation Desert Storm participants had been exposed to Chemical Weapons and grant the benefits for this. And it is confirmed that Gaddafi holds Mustard gas weapons.
What if – those F-15 Pilots would have been killed – what regulation would apply to them and their families left behind, since we are not at War with Libya?
Despite the legal constitutional aspect of Obama’s narcissist lone-ranger actions, where he thinks he can do whatever he feels like, once again I think he has confused his job description with that of a dictator. Here in America we have a democracy, a system with “Checks and Balances” a House body and a Senate body it is not a 1 man show; Apparently Harvard Law School no longer teaches the rules of our three branches of government.
I am sure there are tons of questions that can be asked but those are the ones that burn on my heart right now.
As far as I am concerned – all we can do is pray for our men and women in the Armed Forces for their safe return as they follow their loyal calling as Service members. God bless you and thank you for your service.
Pray that they all return home safe because our President in my opinion has not given any serious thought to this unauthorized action and its consequences.
Mr. President, Mr. Speaker of the House Boehner:
Would anybody please explain this to me or answer my questions? Since I am a citizen and a Taxpayer I am entitled to the answers.
1) United Nations.org Press Release
2) Almanac of Policy Issues
3) Cornell University Law School
4) L.A. Times
6) (The Hypocrisy of Europe…) tclehner.wordpress.com
7) United States Veterans Affairs Department
February 11, 2011; approximately 11 am EST President Mubarak fled from Cairo in a helicopter to Sham El-Sheik going in exile and his Vice-president Suleiman declared on Egyptian TV the resignation of President Mubarak and the power of Egypt given to the Military Council taking over official functions.
The world, and especially liberal American Mainstream media and European News and governments cheer in support of the victory of the “peaceful protesters”.
One quote comes to my mind seeing and hearing this and that is:
Lord forgive them for they know not what they do
Incompetence is a wonderful thing – for those who don’t have any responsibilities and whose actions really don’t make a difference.
But there are people out there like Business people, Politicians, and yes even Anchors of News media who can influence millions of people by the way they deliver news, those people have a huge responsibility. Every decision they make, every public appearance and public statement they make, changes not only the lives of those directly involved but also in a long string of people connected to them.
Every responsible business man when facing situations that he knows will affect the entire landscape of his business and will affect thousands of people does not just make simple bold statements. He uses foresight, plans ahead, and evaluates situations and outcomes and effects on others.
And when this person is a President of a country this person needs to understand that every action he takes has a magnitude of effect not only for his own country and their military, economical and political situation, but also effects several entire countries and in Obama’s case even several continents.
It is extremely dangerous not only for a country or region, no in the case of Egypt, for not less than 4 Continents, when Obama keeps following his political and ideological “Pro-Islam” agenda. And his incompetency and lack of foresight and capability to look beyond the rim seeing the possible danger in the future will be affecting millions of people.
On “American Thinker” Ed Lasky states in his column “Obama’s role in empowering the Muslim Brotherhood” that Obama is far away from being out in the front of the crisis but his actions badly damage American interests – perhaps irretrievably. And he is 100% right there.
When I warned on 2011/01/21 in my column “Tunisia – the ignored danger to America” about the wide spread possibility to a conflagration to that area and sent this to almost every major Newspaper, Conservative online media and others at best ignored me. But now the situation proves I was right.
Let’s take another closer look at the map one more time:
Or more up-close:
Basically what you see there is an entire region filled with Al-Qaida supported radical, unstable countries surrounding Israel and with a direct access to Europe.
Right after Tunisia (who is less than 100 miles away from Italy and has a daily ferry boat traveling across the Mediterranean Sea) and Egypt, the countries Algeria, Yemen and last week also Syria is where the first turmoil’s and protests started. Jordan’s king Abdullah had to release his entire government and allow some Palestinian representatives (Palestinian Emigrants make 70% of the Jordan population) in the government.
Some blue-eyed and ignorant people might say that this was only a short flare-up of protests and does not really mean a thing. I say otherwise.
I say there is method behind it and the method is simple: if all 9 countries mentioned in my column start revolting at the same time the world would immediately be alarmed. European Governments and American Government under Obama will have a hard time explaining the continued support of the Muslim groups in that region.
And their constant preaching of diversity and multiculturalism, knowing that the very same is dead, will be exposed as what it is – a failure. David Cameron, the British Prime minister was the first official recognizing publicly in the Wall Street Journal what WE THE PEOPLE already knew all along.
And the Muslim brotherhood will lose the support of those Governments who stubbornly defend them as non-radicals.
It is not the one with the bomb around the waste I am scared of, it is the one in the background, the one I don’t see, the organizer and manager, the man with the laptop and college education I am scared of.
Al-Qaida Terrorists are uneducated, poor, and dumb people, but never underestimate the leadership of these terrorist groups. Nevertheless, we and the Europeans have educated most of them, meaning they, before becoming Terrorists, visited American and European Universities.
Again, the fact that miraculously the turmoil in those other countries has stopped is not because the local dictators have such power.
The real reason is that Al-Qaida knows that the only way to gain absolute power, assure the support of the European Governments and blindfolding the Liberal biased media is by taking one country at a time and selling these revolutions as revolutions of the intellectual, poor, and oppressed youth.
This way they can play the victim card, call on the sympathy of the European and American public because all they want is a better life and stay under the radar of the Intelligence community.
Conservative opposition as well as warning voices is being silenced by the liberal governments and their will faring liberal biased media.
One country at a time will fall into the hands of Al-Qaida. Not to forget the resources that falls into their hands too.
First was Tunisia and now is Egypt.
European news reports today, that since Mubarak refuses to stand down and has only made a shady offer the Army will push the government out and take control over the country until the elections in the fall.
Throughout the past 18 days, the time since the Egypt revolt began, the European news media has not gotten tired of making statements that the Muslim brotherhood is not an immediate threat. Because they were not the ones that actually started the Revolution, but instead they have played a secondary role in it.
Then again – it is not the one that starts the revolution I am scared of, because revolutions are usually started out of good intensions. I am scared of the one that takes advantage of it.
And the Muslim Brotherhood is a factor to be considered. At the last election in Egypt they had 25% of the voter’s voices. According to analyst Tammy Bruce, the second in command of the Muslim brotherhood is a 100% Al-Qaida operative.
Experience tells us that radical groups know how to push or manipulate elections. And also the latest experiences show and prove that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has no problems whatsoever in using Terror as a weapon of intimidation against Christians or liberating forces.
The conclusion is that once the Military gives free elections, radical groups of the Muslim brotherhood will have, and gain the absolute power in Egypt using terror to prevent the opposition to going to the polls.
This is the very same Muslim Brotherhood Obama so secretly enforces by supporting CAIR who on the other side publically lobby against Mubarak WND reports.
Now I am not a fan of Mubarak, but one thing is for sure, he has a lot more insight with regards to the situation than Obama. I am convinced he knows that once he steps down without leaving behind a stable and western oriented Government, assuring that the Muslim Brotherhood does not gain too much power, the entire region is a tinderbox that will explode and fall into radical muslimization.
Let’s clarify that: There was a reason behind Mubarak prohibiting the Muslim Brotherhood from being a party and participating in government.
He also knows that once that fire of revolution spreads that Israel will fall into destruction because they are surrounded by enemies bound to annihilate them without any protection whatsoever. Until now they at least had the United States and the powerful Egyptian Army supplied with American weapons that protected them.
Leaving me with only three possibilities:
a) Obama is really that dumb and incompetent and he does not see the danger that can come from this situation
I refuse to believe that. Secretary Clinton is, other than Obama, not a rooky. She spent 8 years on the side of her Husband former President Bill Clinton involved more or less directly in international politics and affairs. Assuming that she does not see the danger is not to be believed.
Mubarak needs to go, that is a fact. But not as Obama wants it right now. If the United States is really interested in preserving its position in that region, Clinton needs to work on a Government after Mubarak, assuring that American interests are preserved. But obviously Obama has no intention in doing so. The fact of the matter is his bold demands of Mubarak leaving right now shows he wants to leave an unstable country behind.
But that leaves me with only two other options and those are:
b) This is by design on Obama’s part and he is willing, and working hard to support the destabilization of the free world as we know it, the support of radical Islam, and the destruction of Israel.
Because one thing is for sure, once that tinderbox explodes, Israel is doomed and they cannot count on Obama or the United Nations.
And that is, in my opinion, Treason at its purest and most dangerous form; jeopardizing the entire American Continent, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East – 4 Continents presented to the radical Muslims on a silver platter. And the third option no less dangerous:
c) Hillary Clintons lets Obama run into the wall on purpose in order to position herself as the next Presidential candidate in 2012.
All she needs to do is put herself in the position of a subordinate and let Obama have his will and when election time comes she can use his failure to strengthen American Interests in the Middle East and weaken our ally Israel against Obama. Pounding on the endangering of Israel will assure her the support of the Jewish community.
Hillary Clinton is a cold blooded politician who uses everything necessary to get what she wants, even if that costs innocent lives in a foreign country. If only one of those three options is the case than….
May God have mercy on us, Bless us, and definitely
MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA
What really puzzled me the past few days was that not one of the major Media’s or Columnists seems to pay attention to the northern African Country of Tunisia.
Tunisia was past decades pretty much the Cancun for the Europeans, focusing on Tourists, primarily from Europe.
Predominantly a Muslim Country, Tunisia was very progressive and did not forcefully insist on radical Muslim rules such as Sharia Law. As a matter of fact Tunisia allowed the building of Hotel resorts, organized Hog and other Jungle Animal Hunting tours and used its breath taking access to the Mediterranean See to offer its shore for Tourism. True to the motto: “1001 night meets western civilization”.
But there has also always been a certain danger in this self declared Wonderland. If Tourists went too far into the southern part of the country, away from the primary Tourist sections, they exposed themselves to Kidnapping by the African Branch of Taliban and Al Qaida. And they were brutally active.
The system was simple: Stay away from Americans and target primarily Europeans. Since the majority of the Tourists are Europeans those Terrorists could be sure that the countries paid the ransom and so they financed their Terror attacks all over the world.
Oh and if you think they are not a threat just think of the past few caught Terrorists in American such as the “Underwear Christmas Bomber” – they all came from Africa.
The landscape as well as the lack of border patrols between the northern African Countries and as well as the fact that the majority of the local Law enforcement (if that’s what you want to call them) is highly corrupt and cooperates with the terrorists makes it easy for those to kidnap and disappear in the deserts between, the countries.
In most cases of kidnapping Muammar Al Gaddafi’s son Islam al Gaddafi, educated in Austria/Europe and connected with excellent ties to European Governments, acts as the local off-the- record negotiator and official point of contact to the “extremists” to buy kidnapped people free.
But the peace is over. This La-La-Fantasy of east meets west and we all go along show has come to an end.
On January 15th of 2011 the people in Tunisia revolted against the current Government and forced the President and his wife to flee for asylum to Saudi Arabia.
While the government and especially the, since 23 years reigning President Zine El Abidene Ben Ali (74) and his wife Leila Ben Ali, got richer and richer on the tremendous income from the Tourists the people of the country hardly ever got anything from the riches.
As a matter of fact the common populace was starving and lived in poverty with rising prices for food and gas and decreasing income.
Now there is a revolution in Tunis. Rumors have it that Leila Ben Ali and her Husband fled the country with 1.5 tons of Gold. The latest news was that the, on January 18th 2011 installed interims government where finally the previous forbidden opposition became three seats lasted exactly 2 hours when those three resigned.
But what does that has to do with us in the United States?
The most easy-to-be-influenced people as recruit for radical Muslims terrorist organizations are young people with low education, poor, unemployed and frustrated with the government and disappointed with the loss of “Muslim Moral Values”.
The promises of a better afterlife if they sacrifice their life in suicide Missions against the preferred Enemy Israel and America and the outlook that their family’s are forever financially supported by terrorist leaders makes the decision to join Al Qaida or the Taliban easy for them.
All it takes for the pied piper of Muslim recruiters is to promise a better future and put the blame first on the Europeans calling them Puppets of the Imperialistic Americans and call for the their destruction.
Most people when thinking of Africa see poor black African People with colorful cloth, wonderful Jungles and an amazing fauna, living mostly of charity from the West, and that since over 60 years.
But that is central Africa. Northern Africa is mostly Arabic descent.
And in the entire northern African region you have plenty of all of the necessary ingredients for future terrorists. You have Muslims, you have poverty and you have frustration and unemployment and the enemy right in plain few to blame.
Daniel Pipes of Washington Times calls it “Turmoil in Tunisia – Political upheaval could trigger revolution in other Islamic Countries” (Source – Washington Times: http://is.gd/wt5JUk).
Washington Times by the way is the only newspaper that at least mentions that threat.
While the United States is focusing on the Middle Eastern Countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and others to fight the war on Terror, this sleeping Lion is just about to arise and Terrors specialists in Europe warn for the longest time that the primary Terror threat has become Northern Africa.
Here is a map of that region. I added some numbers on the Countries who are lead by dictators and where the next Islamic revolution is to be expected. Below the picture I number down the countries and explain to you why.
1 – Tunisia: In December of 2010 a young unemployed man committed suicide through “self-immolation (by burning)” because of desperation. This self-immolation ignited outright wave of protest and lead finally in the current revolution and to the fall of President Zine el Abidene Ali.
2 – Algeria: The authoritarian President Bouteflika reigns since 1999. 2008 he pushed for a “reform” of the Constitution assuring himself life-long presidency. Violent demonstrations of the youth are continuous. The last Civil War with more than 150,000 dead is not long ago. Islamists are extreme radical and military rules with the most brutal methods.
Here as well people have committed Suicide through “self-immolation”.
3 – Mauretania: an Islamic Republic on the northwest shores of Africa right on the Atlantic with direct borders to Algeria, Mali, Senegal, and Morocco and sizes ¾ of Texas. Mauretania is officially a Presidential republic but since a Military coup in 2008 Mauretania is a military Dictatorship. The current President is “General Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz”. He was from 2008 to 2009 the Chairman of the High state Council (haut conseil d’etat) and won 2009 the Presidential Election. He has the military behind himself but the poverty and unemployment in this country is huge and Islamist infiltrating Mauretania sure becomes more radical on a daily base.
Just recent people have committed suicide in Mauretania through so called “self-immolation (by burning)” as protest against the government. This by the way becomes common practice in this region.
His successor will be his son Islam al Gaddafi who has been educated in Western Europe such as Switzerland and Austria.
With his Oil and Gas and the fact that Libyans are usually not really war-loving people he holds himself pretty good in power. Islam al Gaddafi runs a charity foundation to distribute wealth to the people. Some say that is a better money laundry for Terrorists because as I mentioned before through this charity he also passes on ransom money to the very same.
The real problem is the size of the country and the corrupt not-existing Border patrols to the desert in the south and south-west. This is Al Qaida country and the African Arm of them moves there pretty much unperceived and unmolested.
5 – Egypt: is the only previous member of the Arab alliance who first attacked Israel in 1967 (six-day-War) and later with Syria in the Yom Kippur attack in 1973 that turned from a member of the Soviet Union Alliance to alliance with the United States of America. Egypt is also the only previous member of the same Arab Alliance that made a peace treaty with Israel and accepted the same according to the law of nations.
Performing a constant balancing act between an open country using its historical sites and amazing history as tourist attractions and the more and more influential majority Muslim population President Mubarak’s position is rather shaky. The question about his successor is imminent and should he push his son through is the military his biggest opponent. Also radical Muslim groups attack more and more Tourists which makes this region easily combustible.
Opposition is oppressed, demonstrations are prohibited but the press is freer than in Tunisia.
Egypt made the headlines lately through the suicide bombing of the Coptic Christians on New Year’s Eve 2010/2011, which show quit the explosive cultural and religious situation there.
On Monday the 10th of January 2011 and man tried to self-immolate himself because of protest against the Parliament in Cairo. According to media a taxi driver doused the fire and the man was brought to the hospital.
6 – Morocco: Social tenseness is eminent. But the country is tight monitored. King Mohammed VI is in power since 1999. He is political and spiritual leader of the Country. The major turmoil’s are in the West Sahara. The problem is the liberalization of the country. This brings major friction with the radical Muslims in this area.
7 – Jordan: The current situation in Jordan is at best absurd. 70% of the population are immigrated Palestinians. King Abdullah II and his wife Rania Al-Yassin are pro western and highly respected. But his balancing act between liberalization and fulfilling the needs of the radical Muslim Palestinians in this country brings tension and he faces a strong opposition. Other than the rest of the Arab countries Jordan does not have any natural resources on commodities. Its economy is depending on foreign aid, mostly from the United States. His thrown could be in jeopardy.
8 – Syria: Bashar al-Assad (45) did never want to go into politics. He wanted to become an Eye doctor and studies in Damascus and London. He speaks English and French. The son of Hafez al-Assad (President of Syria from 1970 – 2000) inherited the presidency.
It is a so called hereditary monarchy. Since 1963 the Baath Party is the strongest single force in this country. Attempts to reform the country have been stopped immediately. The party and the Military were worried to lose its influence. Opposition is oppressed and economy is central organized, media tight under control.
Poverty, corruption and unemployment are eminent. The government reacted to the latest turmoil’s with more social benefits. Syria is pretty calm at the moment; his agreement with the UN to allow foreign forces to cross their territory for liberating Kuwait was not really appreciated in the Arab World. Syria also wants to move forward on a peace negotiation with Israel which is not well liked in the Arab world as well. Right now Syria is isolated and depends on his bank system being the banker for Saudi Arabia and Iran. Radical Muslim forces are not happy with the liberal leadership of President Assad.
9 – Yemen: Al Qaida terrorists, Shiite Rebels, and separatists. President Saleh, in power since 1978, has a lot of pressure.
None of the above named governments are strong established and at best shaky. Should those countries fall into Islamic revolutions is this a disaster for the entire world. Combining this with the already radical Muslim countries in Central Africa such as Somalia and others and we will have a problem on our hand we cannot control.
AGAIN THE CHRISTMAS BOMBER/UNDERWEAR BOMBER WAS FROM THIS REGION – and the U.S. Government back than told us that this was a single incident and there is no imminent danger going out from Africa.
Radical Muslims, Al Qaida, and other terrorist groupings will control and regulate an inexhaustible amount of Gold, Oil and Diamonds the preferred currency of illegal weapons trafficker; I would say this makes Al Qaida the richest Terrorist organization on the planet.
Not to forget that they have a multi-million people recruiting pool of poor undereducated, and angry young man with a major hatred for the rich and prosperous United States and the European Union.
Now please tell me again why the White House, National Security council, mainstream Media, yet even the most respected Columnists like Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Rush Limbough and all the others ignore this present and scary danger?
WHERE IS THE OUTCRY AND THE DEMAND TO GIVE US ANY INPUT AS OFF HOW OBAMA THINKS TO HANDLE THIS PROBLEM
This is not an African Problem, maybe at the moment but it WILL BE A PROBLEM FOR THE UNITED STATES AND THE ENTIRE WORLD.
GOD BLESS AMERICA