The Myth of the Anti-War Left
Throughout the Bush years, democrats were quite vocal in their opposition to his wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, since the election of Barrack Obama, the anti-war rallies have gone from loud and commonplace to quiet and very few.
This is not just based on simple observation as two college professors actually have documented this phenomenon. This is strange because not only are we still in Iraq and Afghanistan, under Obama the amount of troops in Afghanistan have significantly increased. Worse, according to statistics given by the LA Times, more deaths have occurred in Obama’s 2.5 years in office than the 6.5 years we were there under Bush. If this isn’t bad enough, Obama has started yet another war in Libya, even though his own Defense Secretary Robert Gates told ABC’s This Week, that Libya did not pose a threat to the United States and that “It was not a vital national interest to the United States…”
As though going into Libya was bad enough the Obama administration is in violation of the War Powers Act, as 90 days have passed since military action began in Libya. The War Powers Act (1973) was passed, limiting the power of the presidency to engage in military conflicts without Congressional approval. The War Powers Act requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing troops to engage in military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days, with an additional 30 day withdrawal period, without a Congressional authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war. Despite this, President Obama asserts that no authorization was required, since the US leadership was transferred to NATO, and since US involvement is somewhat limited.Continued on the next page