Nowhere on the planet is common sense a scarcer commodity than in Washington, D.C. The $14 trillion in federal debt — much of it held by foreign, and frequently unfriendly, countries — would seem to be sufficient evidence of that. As if that weren’t bad enough, it now emerges that many of those same creditor nations are also the recipients of U.S. foreign aid.
In the wake of the alleged killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special forces on May 2, some in Congress are beginning to question whether American aid to Pakistan, the country in which bin Laden was found, ought to be terminated. One of those, Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), is actually sponsoring legislation to cut off such aid. Unfortunately, Poe’s bill gives the Obama administration, which has already expressed its desire to continue sending billions of taxpayer dollars to Islamabad, enough leeway that even if the bill passes, the aid is likely to continue.
As if it weren’t enough that the Obama administration is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on an unconstitutional war on Libya, the administration took the occasion of every taxpayer’s favorite day of the year, April 15, to announce that it is going to send $25 million worth of “nonlethal” aid to the rebels fighting against the regime of Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
Truth, it has been said, is the first casualty of war. The latest evidence of the veracity of this saying: The United States supposedly stopped attacking Libya on April 4, yet since that time U.S. aircraft have continued to fly over the beleaguered nation and assault its air defenses.
It’s official: When it comes to foreign policy, Barack Obama’s first term is really George W. Bush’s third.
For all his talk about cutting deficits, President Barack Obama seems strangely unconcerned about the massive amount of money his unconstitutional war on Libya is costing the American taxpayer. How massive, you ask? Try $600 million for just the first week.
Add Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to the list of those who think President Barack Obama’s imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya is deserving of impeachment. Last weekend Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio, picture left) said that he believes Obama’s war is “an impeachable offense” because, as he wrote in a letter to colleagues, “the President committed the U.S. to military intervention without consulting Congress, in clear subversion of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives only Congress the power to declare war.” Paul’s spokesperson, Rachel Mills, confirmed to the Daily Caller that Paul agrees with Kucinich on this point.
Governments are notorious for pretending to be fiscally responsible while in actuality engaging in all sorts of trickery to disguise their free-spending ways. The United Nations being an assemblage of governments, and one with next to no accountability at that, it is hardly surprising that such chicanery runs rampant there as well.
What a difference an election makes. The man who just singlehandedly committed the United States to war against Libya, President Barack Obama, told the Boston Globe in 2007:
The United States seems to be inching ever closer to intervening in the conflict in Libya despite the obvious dangers of doing so. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) have all called for the imposition of a no-fly zone over the troubled nation. McCain and Lieberman have even sponsored a resolution urging President Barack Obama to support such an act.