Rubio blew it big time at the debate with his foreign policy debate question regarding U.S. war with Libya! When asked if it was the right thing to do to topple Gadhafi in Libya, Rubio answered like he was a kid on the street answering a You Tube roving reporter- the kind who asks questions to people outside of Walmart to get their stupid answers.
He said we didn’t go to war with Libya it was …a bunch of people in the streets that toppled Gadhafi? Really Rubio? Does anyone else’s head hurt?
How about the U.S. declared no fly zones guarded by drones that allowed the incoming to blast away at Libya forces and prevented Gadhafi from defending his country by not being allowed to get his planes in the air to defend?
But worse and most alarming – where was Rubio with all the noise and news about how Obama declared a war bypassing congress to get permission? Nobody who was called on with that question said a word about that. What establishment idiots!!
No one spoke the truth of Obama’s act of war. Why? Could it be possible they were told by establishment Council on Foreign Relations foreign policy advisors (Rubio and Cruz both share the same ones) to use a lying narrative to avoid the truth and hope the earthlings have no memory?
Well, I say it’s time to jog a few memories here – it was all over the news and a big deal at the time…does anyone remember?
Even the New York Times admitted that ‘America is at war in Libya and the president is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and the War Powers Act until he gets Congress’ approval for it. Here is some excerpts from the New York Times:
“Mr. Obama cannot evade his responsibility, under the War Powers Act, to seek Congressional approval to continue the operation.
The White House’s argument for not doing so borders on sophistry — that “U.S. operations do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve the presence of U.S. ground troops,” and thus are not the sort of “hostilities” covered by the act….
No matter how one sees this mission, the War Powers Act is an essential balance to the White House’s — any White House’s — power to wage war. Carving out an exception for drones or airstrikes would be a dangerous precedent, especially in an era when so much fighting can be done from the air and by remote control.’
The New York Times went on to say:
“Let’s delete the words “borders on” from the second paragraph above and just call it sophistry. We’re firing cruise missiles into a foreign country, sinking that country’s ships, and killing that country’s ground forces via armed drones. That’s a war. To pretend otherwise is laughable.” Read more here: https://reason.com/blog/2011/06/17/obamas-war-in-libya
At the time Obama also admitted to war in two major statements- one at the White House and the other in Brazil, stating, “I’ve acted after consulting with my national security team, and Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress.”
In another jogging of memory let me remind you of what CNS News reported:
“While in Brazil in March 2011, President Barack Obama gave a 492-word speech—in which he used the personal pronoun “I” nine times—to announce he had personally decided to order U.S. military intervention in Libya’s civil war in order to protect Libyans and enforce what he called “the writ” of the international community.”
“Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians,” said Obama from Brasilia.
“In this effort, the United States is acting with a broad coalition that is committed to enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, which calls for the protection of the Libyan people,” said Obama. “That coalition met in Paris today to send a unified message, and it brings together many of our European and Arab partners.”
“So we must be clear: Actions have consequences, and the writ of the international community must be enforced,” said Obama. “That is the cause of this coalition.”
Obama emphasized that in making his personal decision to order the U.S. military to intervene in Libya’s civil war, he had not acted lightly but had carefully thought through consequences of his decision.
“I am deeply aware of the risks of any military action, no matter what limits we place on it,” Obama said. “I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice and it’s not a choice that I make lightly. But we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people that there will be no mercy, and his forces step up their assaults on cities like Benghazi and Misurata, where innocent men and women face brutality and death at the hands of their own government.”