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 Post subject: "The War's Expiration Date"
PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2008 9:36 pm 
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"The War's Expiration Date

By Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway
Saturday, April 5, 2008; 12:00 AM

A crucial yet overlooked deadline looms over the Iraq debate: Unless further action is taken, the war will become illegal on Jan. 1, 2009.

Despite protestations to the contrary, Congress clearly understood that it was authorizing the president to intervene militarily when it passed its joint resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq in October 2002. But it did not give him a blank check. It allowed for the use of force only under two conditions.

The first has long since lapsed. It permitted the president to "defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq." This threat came to an end with the destruction of Saddam Hussein's government. It makes no sense to say that it continues today, or that our "national security" is "threatened by" the Iraqi government headed by Nouri al-Maliki.

Instead, U.S. military intervention is authorized under the second prong of the 2002 resolution. This authorizes the president to "enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq." This has allowed the Bush administration to satisfy American law by obtaining a series of resolutions authorizing the United States to serve as the head of the multinational force in Iraq.

But here's the rub. The most recent U.N. resolution expires on Dec. 31, and the administration has announced that it will not seek one for 2009. Instead, it is now negotiating a bilateral agreement with the Iraqi government to replace the U.N. mandate. ...



... Reps. William Delahunt (D-Mass.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) have proposed legislation to do just that. This initiative deserves bipartisan support. It represents the only practical way to confront the lawless unilateralism that the administration plans for New Year's Day.

Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway are professors of law at Yale. "

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I don't really think those deadlines mean anything and carry no weight with the neo cons now entrenched in power. Do You ?????? :roll:

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 Post subject: STOP Reps. William Delahunt (D-Mass) & Rosa DeLauro (D-C
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STOP Reps. William Delahunt (D-Mass) & Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn)

This reporter (apparently sympathetic about the poor deadline :twisted: ) actually did us a favor by giving us a heads-up. What are Delahunt and DeLauro thinking, or are they ? At least we have time to gather our thoughts to figure out how to stop this oncoming train.


Presidential Inauguration is January 20, 2009. Bush and Cheney will be illegal for 19 days if no withdrawal NOW.

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 Post subject: No shortage of ideas? What we need IS a shortage of ideas!
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What the hell are Reps. William Delahunt (D-Mass) & Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) trying to do ? :
http://public.cq.com/docs/cqt/news110-000002693885.html

"...No Shortage of Ideas
Several existing measures could become amendments to the supplemental when it materializes.

Both chambers have legislation to force the administration to consult Congress before entering into a long-term agreement with Iraq, which is currently being negotiated.

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., introduced a bill (S 2426) that would bar funding to carry out any agreement involving “commitments or risks affecting the nation as a whole” that is not approved by two-thirds of the Senate.

Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., recently reintroduced a similar measure (HR 5626) that would also call for renewal of the United Nations mandate that currently governs use of force in Iraq...."

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