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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 29, 2011 / 27 Sivan, 5771

Obama, Nixon suddenly joined in posterity

By Martin Schram




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | America was worse than just war-weary by 1973, when the War Powers Act became the law of the land -- as the Senate and House both overrode the veto of a hawkish and hard-line president, Richard Nixon.

Most Americans were disillusioned -- and many were downright disgusted -- about how their commanders-in-chief and congressional rubber stampers had misled them into the long Vietnam War that began undeclared and would soon end un-won.

It was the liberals who led the way in enacting the joint resolution that was considered to be finally giving senators and representatives the clout to stop future hawkish presidents from unilaterally plunging America into wrong wars.

The temper of those times was so disillusioned that large numbers of centrist and even conservative senators and representatives joined in voting for the joint resolution that became the War Powers Act. Among them, Nixon's longtime supporter, Sen. Robert Dole of Kansas, who, as Republican National Chairman loyally defended Nixon throughout the Watergate scandal. Nixon issued a statement bemoaning the final vote, contending the measure "seriously undermines this nation's ability to act decisively and convincingly in times of international crisis."

On that November 7 afternoon, no one who worked at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue could have possible dreamed that someday the political forces would be so realigned that congressional conservatives would try to use the War Powers Act to thwart a military action ordered by a president, whose opponents attack him for being a liberal.

But President Barack Obama indeed argued just days ago that the War Powers Act did not apply to his approval of air strikes on the Libyan troops and military command and control sites Moammar Qaddafi. The War Powers Act says a president cannot order U.S. military into "hostilities" for longer than 60 days without seeking congressional approval, But Obama contended that the U.S. airstrikes he ordered are not against hostile forces -- because the Libyan forces are not shooting back at their U.S. attackers.

Here's how this came about: Obama initially overruled two of his top legal officials -- Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, who issued an opinion that that what the U.S. is doing in supporting the now NATO-led, United Nations sanctioned effort against Qaddafi's regime does constitute having the U.S. military engage in "hostilities." By that ruling, Obama would have had to seek congressional authorization to continue the airstrikes after 60 days, a deadline which came and passed a month ago.
So instead, Obama, himself a constitutional scholar, overruled those experts and found himself some others who would decide it more to his liking. Among them were White House Counsel Robert Bauer and the State Department legal adviser Harold H. Koh. They worked on a State Department report that was sent to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. It made the president's mind-numbing case: "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, U.S. casualties or a serious threat thereof, or any significant chance of escalation into a conflict characterized by those factors."

In other words, what Obama's position comes down to is that the U.S. air strikes -- mostly now by unmanned drone aircraft -- are just killing and wounding people at Qaddafi's military or government installations. And it doesn't count as "hostilities" unless they have the chance to shoot back before they die.

What happened in the House was that a bipartisan measure to authorize Obama's airstrikes for a year longer failed -- but Republican-led efforts to clamp new restrictions on Obama's military efforts also failed. If the president had simply dealt forthrightly with the Congress, as he should have, he surely would have prevailed in the end.

Indeed, the Senate won't move to limit him. So he will get his way. But he has diminished himself in the process.

Obama made himself look downright Nixonian. And in the quiet of a Washington summer, you may be able to hear in the distance Richard Nixon guffawing in his grave.

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