About That Libya Vote

I already pointed out elsewhere that Pres. Obama has no one but himself to blame for the House refusing to authorize his war against Libya — although the House also rejected a separate resolution to defund the war, so there’s no reason to expect that the same President who refused to abide by Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution in the first place, will now accept limits on his war-making power if there’s no enforcement mechanism.

There are any number of reasons to be depressed over the U.S. military action against Libya: justifying it as a “humanitarian” intervention to stop atrocities while ignoring equally horrifying atrocities right next door, or even worse atrocities a few countries away; making up ridiculous reasons why bombing Libya does not constitute “hostilities” to justify flouting the War Powers Act; ignoring strong and growing public opposition to the war — but seeing Hillary Clinton morph into George W. Bush before our very eyes has got to be the most gasp-worthy (emphasis is in the original):

Here’s Secretary State Hillary Clinton at a press conference in Jamaica:

But the bottom line is, whose side are you on? Are you on Qadhafi’s side or are you on the side of the aspirations of the Libyan people and the international coalition that has been created to support them? For the Obama Administration, the answer to that question is very easy.

Clinton did not always feel this way about people who questioned the morality of or necessity for a particular war:

During the Bush years, here’s what the very same Hillary Clinton said with great (apparent) anger (via Doug Mataconis and BTD) — audio here:

I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration, somehow you’re not patriotic, and we should stand up and say, ‘WE ARE AMERICANS AND WE HAVE A RIGHT TO DEBATE AND DISAGREE WITH ANY ADMINISTRATION!’

But that was so then, and this is now.

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