No Choice '08: McCain and Obama were both going to get us into more wars 

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., spoke yesterday from the Senate floor in support of the unauthorized military action in Libya. McCain argued that, for the sake of national unity, the Congress should pass a resolution approving the use of force, even though President Obama, in clear contravention of the War Powers Act and the Constitution, insists that Congress has no role in approving wars.

McCain said:

I know many were opposed to this mission from the very beginning, and I respect their convictions. But the fact is, whether people like it or not, we are engaged in Libya and we are succeeding. So I would ask my colleagues, is this the time for Congress to begin turning against this policy? Is this the time to ride to the rescue of the man whom President Reagan called the mad dog of the Middle East? Is this the time for Congress to declare to the world, to Qadhafi and his inner circle, to all the Libyans who are sacrificing to force Qadhafi from power, and to our NATO allies who are carrying a far heavier burden in this military operation than we are--is this the time for America to tell all these different audiences that our heart is not in this, that we have neither the will nor the capability to see this mission through, that we will abandon our closest friends and allies on a whim?

...In the very near future, Senator Kerry and I, along with a strong senior bipartisan group of our colleagues, will introduce an authorization for the limited use of military force in Libya. The administration may assert that we are not engaged in hostilities in Libya, but the Senate should go on record as authorizing these operations. We are in a state of hostilities, and the only result of further delay and confusion over Congress's role in this debate will be to continue ceding the initiative to the strongest critics of our actions in Libya.

This is one way of ending the tension the White House has caused between fiat rule and the rule of law. But is it the best one? The fact that McCain, Obama's opponent in 2008, also supports this intervention, is a sign that the recent election made very little or no difference in foreign policy terms.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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