Thursday, June 2, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 6/02/2011

LastDayWatchers take note of how the "change" has remain the "same"

Obama's Illegal War

" Congress acted decisively to restore the system of checks and balances. For centuries, the president and Congress had wrangled over the kind of actions that counted as a "war" for constitutional purposes,

with presidents exploiting legal ambiguities to cut Congress out of key decisions.

The act broke this impasse by imposing a time limit on all "hostilities"

a functional term meant to eliminate legalistic evasions the White House had developed over what counted as "war."

Henceforward, the 60-day deadline would apply whenever the president began "hostilities," and if he failed to gain congressional approval, the act gave him 30 days to terminate the military operation.

This clear and simple 60/30-day setup is especially important at a time when other restraints on presidential war-making have atrophied.

Obama's action is unprecedented. After notifying Congress that he had begun "hostilities," the president did absolutely nothing to gain congressional consent until Friday, May 20 -- just hours before the 60-day clock ran out.

But actions speak louder than press secretaries. Even though the time limit set by the War Powers Resolution has expired, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently admitted that "the United States continues to fly 25 percent of all sorties

Obama should belatedly heed the War Powers Resolution and press Congress to move quickly so that he can legalize the war within the 30-day deadline for terminating military action established by the act.

This is the only way to keep faith with the Founders' commitment to checks and balances and to protect Americans against future presidential war-making without broad popular support."

For 100% accuracy read the May 15th Prophecy written at LastDayWatchers


Ex-Israeli spymaster: No Israeli plan to hit Iran

"He is one of the most right-wing militant people ever born here, somebody who ate Arabs for breakfast, lunch and dinner," wrote Ben Caspit, the chief columnist for the Maariv daily.

"When this man says that the leadership has no vision and is irresponsible, we should stop sleeping soundly at night."