Not Magical Unicorn Fairyland.

US President Barack Obama’s unilateral decision to authorize US forces to use missile strikeskinetic military action” against Libya without the approval of Congress prompted a number of House Representatives within the Democratic Party to express their concerns.

It also prompted something of a debate about the constitutionality of his decision – with some arguing that “the Obama administration [was] breaking new ground in its construction of an imperial presidency”. 

There is, however, a reasonable case in support of the President’s position, even if Obama’s own previously stated position on unilateral authorization of military action by a President might suggest that he actually believes otherwise…  And he’s a law professor, after all.

But when the Guardian’s Michael Tomasky admits that he is “flabbergasted” at the US President’s public silence on that decision, you know he’s got a problem.  Don’t worry, Michael, he’ll explain everything on Monday.

In the meantime, via the Professor, there’s this snippet from a L.A. Times op-ed.

This unexpected image of a cowboy president from Illinois is gaining traction in the public mind and late-night comedians’ monologues  (“Three wars now,” Jay Leno said Wednesday night. “Can you imagine how many wars we’d be in if Pres. Obama hadn’t gotten the Nobel Peace Prize?”)

Heh, indeed.

Update  Michael Tomasky is still unhappy.

Obviously, Obama read my scathing post from last week and decided he’d better give a speech on this Libya business. So tonight he speaks at the National Defense University here in Washington at 7:30.

This still isn’t quite right to me. First of all, it’s too late, as I noted previously. Second, it isn’t quite appropriate. There should be no audience for such a speech. You sit at the commander-in-chief’s desk in the Oval Office and you tell the American people what we’re doing and why. There should be no applause lines in such a speech. This disturbs me.

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  • juggernaut

    Is it three wars now? How many ways are there of being at war without actually saying you are at war? Kinetic! really?

  • aquifer

    Obama has out republicaned the republicans with an American attack on its most irritating foe, a rabid sponsor of violence and fear against civilians from Scotland to Africa..

    He can wait in his armchair for anyone witless enough to attack him, and for allies to join in and exercise their own military novelties, relieving American military budgets.

    Two terms.

  • Jimmy

    And meanwhile in Bahrain?

  • pauluk

    A Republican president would not dare do what Obama did. He or she would be crucified by the liberal media.

    The muted US-media response to, first, Obama`s dithering and cluelessness when he failed to act, and then his apparently unconstitutional decision to send US troops into battle, shows that they still have his back.

    I think he made the right decision, but two weeks too late to save a lot of lives. This crisis could have been by now.

    Going by Obama`s address on Saturday, action in Ivory Coast could be next.

  • Pete Baker

    Update Michael Tomasky is still unhappy.

    Obviously, Obama read my scathing post from last week and decided he’d better give a speech on this Libya business. So tonight he speaks at the National Defense University here in Washington at 7:30.

    This still isn’t quite right to me. First of all, it’s too late, as I noted previously. Second, it isn’t quite appropriate. There should be no audience for such a speech. You sit at the commander-in-chief’s desk in the Oval Office and you tell the American people what we’re doing and why. There should be no applause lines in such a speech. This disturbs me.

  • pauluk

    As one of Obama’s most loyal journalists, these are, indeed, most interesting comments from Tomasky.

    However, the cynic in me says that Tomasky is only doing this to enable him, at a later date, to claim that he is balanced and objective in his comments on Obama.

  • Greenflag

    Here’s Bill Clinton tearing Romney /Ryan policies to shreds .

    with just one word -‘arithmetic ‘

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-06/clinton-nominates-obama-rebuts-romney-criticism-on-jobs.html

    And Consumer Rights advocate and Senate candidate tells more than few home truths

    ‘U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, in a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention, intensified her criticism of Wall Street, saying CEOs who wrecked the U.S. economy with risky bets “still strut around Congress” and demand favors from lawmakers.’

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-06/warren-says-romney-would-pulverize-financial-overhaul.html

    Early days still but the decision facing Americans is at base a simple one .

    Do you trust Obama or somebody who uses the Cayman Islands and who changes his policies depending on whether he’s running for Governor of Massachusetts or the USA Presidency and who belongs to a Church which believes that Jesus Christ hop skipped the Atlantic 2,000 years ago to bury some stones which would have to wait another almost 2000 years to be discovered by a charlatan who then writes a new ‘bible ‘ in even then quaint 17th century English to prove it’s authenticity ?

    As Clinton put it -the GOP doubled the national debt in the 12 year Republican control of the White House under Reagan , and Bush senior . Bush junior then went for war on a credit card while reducing taxes ?

    Romney /Ryan is just the rich getting richer and the poor and middle classes getting ever more squeezed and a USA at permanent war with the rest of the world and itself 🙁

  • Greenflag

    Clinton’s ‘arithmetic ‘ shredding of the Romney/Plan starts at 39 minutes into the clip .I recommend it to anyone who considers themselves to be fiscally and socially responsible .

    Remember Republican policies quadrupled the national debt in the 12 years before I took office and doubled it in the 8 years after I left because it defied arithmetic. It was a highly inconvenient thing for them (GOP) that I was just a country boy from Arkansas and I came from a place where people still thought two and two make four-its arithmetic- We simply cannot afford to give the reins of power to somebody who will ‘double down’ on trickle down ‘

    Classic Clinton and an election winner from the Comeback Kid .