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TUESDAY: We chat with Richard Baehr about Pres Obama’s foreign policy

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September 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

Where is the outcry for a new war resolution?

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According to news reports, President Obama plans to use the 2002 Iraq War resolution to fight ISIS.   

Maybe we can say that he was against the resolution before he was for it?

Frankly, why doesn’t he use the 1990 Gulf War resolution? Then Senator Gore voted for that war!

It is absolutely insane for President Obama to rely on a 12-year old resolution to fight this war. I supported the 2003 Iraq War but that was then and this is now!

Let’s hope that the Obama White House has the good sense to go to Congress and demand another resolution to fight ISIS, especially if we go into Syria.

I agree with Senator Kaine, quoted in Albert Hunt’s latest op-ed:

“Kaine, an Obama ally, dismisses the president’s claim that the post-Sept. 11 authorization of force against al-Qaeda also gives him the power to go after Islamic State, which didn’t exist in 2001.
“The president is saying, ‘Now let’s go on the offense,’ and he needs congressional authority to do that,” Kaine said. “

It makes sense for President Obama to go to Congress:

1) He forces Congress to do their job.  They have a constitutional duty to declare war.  We don’t need a war declaration but a resolution would put legislators on record. Also, we would have a debate on the strategy and the merits of such an involvement.

Again, I’d support such a resolution but the public needs a debate. We’ve had too much silence about these national security matters.

2) Pres Obama needs a co-pilot for this mission. We saw in ObamaCare that “one party” legislation can turn into a political nightmare.

At the end of the day, ISIS needs to formally hear from Congress. The world needs to hear from Congress too.

It should be an American mission approved by a bi-partisan majority of legislators.  

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September 16, 2014 at 7:00 am

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1620: Mayflower departs England for the New World

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120 years after Columbus landed in Cuba, the Mayflower departed England for what we now call Massachusetts:

“The Mayflower sails from Plymouth, England, bound for the New World with 102 passengers.

The ship was headed for Virginia, where the colonists–half religious dissenters and half entrepreneurs–had been authorized to settle by the British crown.

However, stormy weather and navigational errors forced the Mayflower off course, and on November 21 the “Pilgrims” reached Massachusetts, where they founded the first permanent European settlement in New England in late December.”

They landed at the beginning of winter and it was a very harsh winter on top of that.  Many of the Pilgrims died but they were very persistent men and women of profound faith.  By the 1640’s, the population had increased to 3,000, and that included many born in the New World.  

Before landing, they signed “The Mayflower Pact”:

“In the Compact, the signers agree to bind themselves into a society to preserve order and to help further their aims. They agree to create offices, laws, and constitutions that will aid the common good.

Finally, they agreed that such laws would be supreme and agreed to abide by them.

In a nutshell, this is a classic embodiment of the Lockean idea of government (though it predates Locke), an idea carried on to what some consider its ultimate embodiment, the U.S. Constitution.”

 

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September 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

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