Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Jim Webb’s Legislative Fumble
Senator Jim Webb (D-Va) is in serious need of a legislative and constitutional tutor. In one of his first acts as the Junior Senator from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Webb has introduced legislation to limit W’s ability to confront Iran’s aggressive actions against the United States.
In unveiling his proposed legislative straightjacket, Webb “boldly” declared:
To state the obvious, Iran is not Iraq. And the president has no authority to begin unilateral military operations against Iran.Thank you, Jim, for your astute geography lecture. Now that we’ve settled where Iran and Iraq are, let’s get to the particulars of your hopelessly flawed argument.
Before you go spouting off on what W has the authority to do, you might want to check your history – and recent history at that. To save you the trouble of looking it up, let me quote for you the language of the Use of Force Resolution signed passed by both houses of Congress and signed into law on September 14, 2001:
Whereas the President has authority under the Constitution to take action to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States;You see, Jim, the Constitution invests in the President the authority to act in a military way. Short of a Constitutional Amendment to the contrary, you’re out of luck there. Continuing to the “Be it resolved” portion of the aforementioned resolution:
That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons. (Emphasis Added)There is no doubt in the mind of any serious individual to the fact that Iran has American blood on its hands. The vast majority of IED material and the more deadly Explosive Formed Penetrator (EFP) bombs can be traced directly to Iran.
Mr. Webb, for someone who is as concerned about the safety of your son as you espouse to be, I’m shocked that you would seek to limit the ability of his Commander-in-Chief to protect him by confronting those who would seek to blow him up. The threat posed by Iran to the United States is clearly looming and must be confronted by serious people.
You, sir, have proven that you aren’t serious about anything other than hobbling a President in time of war. That, Senator, is a shameful act.
Here endeth the lesson.