The Myth of the Anti-War Left - Page 2
This is obviously a ridiculous defense of his actions. As Charlie Savage of the New York Times wrote, “President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations.” Obama instead of heeding their advice, Obama shopped around until he found lawyers that agreed with his position.
Seeing this third war come about and having seen the great number of leftist anti-war protestors in the Bush years, you’d think that there would be an uproar on the political left. With the exception of Democrat Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who has been quite loud on the issue, and a few others, most democrats and the democrat leadership have avoided criticism of the president on the war in Libya. The loudest opposition against the military action has come from republicans and libertarians.
President Obama is no fan of peace with his ramping up of wars and violation of the War Powers Act, and the majority of democrats either: don’t care, support it, or won’t criticize their man. WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam were all fought under democrats. The great myth is that democrats are anti-war. The reality is democrats aren’t anti-war, they just oppose republicans and republican wars. Democrats are willing to support nearly any action put forth by a fellow democrat and will use any excuse or justification to help defend it. Democrats ran as anti-war throughout the 2000s, not because of any core conviction, but because Bush supported the wars.