Funny, But I Don’t Recall Congress Declaring War On Anyone


Shit that pisses me off:

In Somalia, U.S. Escalates a Shadow War

The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies in an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation.

Hundreds of American troops now rotate through makeshift bases in Somalia, the largest military presence since the United States pulled out of the country after the “Black Hawk Down” battle in 1993.

The Somalia campaign, as it is described by American and African officials and international monitors of the Somali conflict, is partly designed to avoid repeating that debacle, which led to the deaths of 18 American soldiers. But it carries enormous risks — including more American casualties, botched airstrikes that kill civilians and the potential for the United States to be drawn even more deeply into a troubled country that so far has stymied all efforts to fix it.

The Somalia campaign is a blueprint for warfare that President Obama has embraced and will pass along to his successor. It is a model the United States now employs across the Middle East and North Africa — from Syria to Libya — despite the president’s stated aversion to American “boots on the ground” in the world’s war zones. This year alone, the United States has carried out airstrikes in seven countries and conducted Special Operations missions in many more.

American officials said the White House had quietly broadened the president’s authority for the use of force in Somalia by allowing airstrikes to protect American and African troops as they combat fighters from the Shabab, a Somali-based militant group that has proclaimed allegiance to Al Qaeda.

In its public announcements, the Pentagon sometimes characterizes the operations as “self-defense strikes,” though some analysts have said this rationale has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is only because American forces are now being deployed on the front lines in Somalia that they face imminent threats from the Shabab.


The Navy’s classified SEAL Team 6 has been heavily involved in many of these operations.

Once ground operations are complete, American troops working with Somali forces often interrogate prisoners at temporary screening facilities, including one in Puntland, a state in northern Somalia, before the detainees are transferred to more permanent Somali-run prisons, American military officials said.

The Pentagon has acknowledged only a small fraction of these operations. But even the information released publicly shows a marked increase this year. The Pentagon has announced 13 ground raids and airstrikes thus far in 2016 — including three operations in September — up from five in 2015, according to data compiled by New America, a Washington think tank. The strikes have killed about 25 civilians and 200 people suspected of being militants, the group found.

The strikes have had a mixed record. In March, an American airstrike killed more than 150 Shabab fighters at what military officials called a “graduation ceremony,” one of the single deadliest American airstrikes in any country in recent years. But an airstrike last month killed more than a dozen Somali government soldiers, who were American allies against the Shabab.

Outraged Somali officials said the Americans had been duped by clan rivals and fed bad intelligence, laying bare the complexities of waging a shadow war in Somalia. Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said the Pentagon was investigating the strike.

My position on secret wars has remained unchanged for over 40 years – I am opposed to them. First of all, our track record in these things is abysmal. Secondly, they are invariably a “secret” only to the American people. Secrecy is incompatible with democratic forms of government.

Here is a quaint idea:

Article 1, Section 8 unambiguously states that “Congress shall have power to…declare War.”

I say that is a quaint idea because nowadays it means “The President can do what he wants unless Congress stops him.” Forcing Congress to declare war gives the voters a chance to express their will. Letting a President act in secret with the complicity of Congress and the media robs people of their power over government.

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116 Responses to Funny, But I Don’t Recall Congress Declaring War On Anyone

  1. helenk3 says:

    i linked your post over at NO Quarter. I is a post that all should read.

  2. CiscoKid says:

    Hillary win’s, she’ll fuck that up too.
    Trump win’s and he’ll get blamed for EVERYTHING that Obama and Kerry have fucked up.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Trump’s has been blaming all three, the media and douchebag Republicans since he announced his candidacy. Winning the election will prove We The People agree with him.

  3. Somebody says:

    I agree with you, but it is we the people that must hold our “representatives” accountable. The founding fathers put those things in place for a reason.

    I agree with you about shadow wars and our track record sucks for sure. However, there are instances where POTUS must act, where there isn’t time for congressional approval, or for certain reasons must be kept from public debate temporarily. Indeed our laws allow for those instances for some obvious reasons, but how the exceptions have been morphed into what we have today is far afield from those narrow exceptions. Any such circumstances should be exceedingly brief and thoroughly justified……checks and balances……we don’t seem to have any anymore.

    I had no idea we had troops on the ground in Somalia. I know we have thousands on the ground in the ME between Iraq and Syria. We still have some engaged in Afghanistan. We have some in Libya too I believe. I wonder where else we have our finger in some pie and we are blissfully unaware???

    Once again the 4th estate is dead.

  4. Kathy says:

    The ‘fourth estate’ and Article Two have merged.

  5. dm says:

    Seems to me this has been true for everything regarding the Obama presidency…he does whatever the hell he wants, sticks his tongue out, says nanny nanny boo boo, and dares Congress to take him to task…they couldn’t even make that asshole submit a budget, so do we seriously think they will do anything about military actions?

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Amy Schumer is a vulgar little twit. This is the article about the walkout and has link to the show’s review where some of her non-Trump “jokes” are mentioned. Never did get her appeal not to mention why 10k people actually paid to see her.

  7. foxyladi14 says:

    I think that Fire Bombing is going to help our Lion. 😀

  8. votermom says:

  9. Unintentionally revealing by Riverdaughter:

    I run into undecided voters all the time, not necessarily just when I’m canvassing. They usually give me the stink eye when they know I’m for Hillary and then proudly declare:
    “I don’t really like either one of them. They’re both awful”.

    She then goes into a long, dreary, stream-of-semi-consciousness rant about the stupidity of undecided voters. In the comments she adds this:

    Well, the ones I am meeting are Democrats who should know better. They come up with the most bizarre stories about Hillary like her complicity in 80 murders or her calling a bunch of mentally disabled kids “f#%*ing retards”. That sounds so outrageous and not at all in character with anything we know about Hillary that it cannot possibly be true. But you can’t disprove a negative and the people writing that stuff are getting paid by billionaires who don’t want their tax rate to increase. They’ve got tons of money to spend on lie generation. By the time it’s shown to be false, it’s already an urban legend.
    It’s sick.

    So she is canvassing Democrats in PA and running into lots of them who give her the stink-eye about Hillary??? Maybe they are just part of the Silent Trump Majority.

    • Lulu says:

      Or they know she will write nasty condescending shit about them so they lie to her make her leave them alone.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Every now and then I run into a FB friend in real life who tells me they love my pro- Trump posts and how they agree with them. I said, so *like* them and I’ll post more. Oh Noes, I can’t let anyone (in my family,friends,work) know I support Trump!

      There’s definitely a silent majority the pollsters aren’t reaching. RD’s screed sounds more like fan fiction. If she knocked on my door, I certainly would be polite and tell her my mind’s made up who I’m voting for without giving her a stink eye, then say goodbye and shut the door😉 A lot of Trump supporters are like that.

      • Constance says:

        I’m not “out of the closet” for Trump. If I was I would be exposing myself to ridicule and vandalism by the Progressive people.

      • blowme0bama says:

        It was last year about this time (I think), my bro in law was over at the house. No one but my Wife, her sister, him and me. He said in a low tone that he liked Trump, then said, “but we’re not supposed to say that, are we?”.

  10. DandyTIger says:

    Future with Hillary:

  11. blowme0bama says:

    Hillary stealing furniture again – FBI doc dump:

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Furniture is just the kindling. She broke protocol at every turn, treated ambassadors like dirt in favor of Huma, and disregarded security at every level. And that is on just those same pages.

      Trying to say because she had a blackberry not a peon level cell phone she did not have to leave it at the door in restricted areas. Did not BO also used this bizarre excuse. Just who are those blackberry cell phones connected to – and what info was being sent out.

  12. lyn says:

    Last night I posted your Feminism LOL video all over the place, and the Bookwormroom grabbed it.

  13. blowme0bama says:

    O’Keefe’s Video:

    There’s nothing in here we didn’t know already, it just explicitly identifies the connections –

    Yes, the Trump protests were ALL staged – they hired mentally ill and homeless people to try and bait Trump supporters.

  14. votermom says:

  15. votermom says:

    • Somebody says:

      But, but, but Trump said pussy and he may have groped women….sad, serious face. There is no time for poor Megyn to cover such trivial stuff. There could be another woman that insists Trump brushed up against her 30 years ago!

  16. Dora says:

    I do want to watch the entire video, but I just had to post this. I remember when this happened. I was so upset. And to think that the Beast was behind it all the time. How I despise that woman!

  17. swanspirit says:

    WTF is going on with Assange and Wiki leaks?
    I just read a tweet that Kerry is pressuring the Ecuadorian embassy to release him,

    • Somebody says:

      OMG Koolaid is a really strong drug!

    • lateblum says:

      @mattyglesias is deplorable in the true sense of the word.

      • Lulu says:

        He also says some of the dumbest stuff on the inter-tubes. And according to Wikileaks neither the public “thing” nor the private “thing” is what the liar politician is going to do which is bid it out to the deepest pockets. Love Matty’s extensive Harvard vocabulary and use of “thing”. He is also a screenwriter so his stage notes say “thing”. When ordering takeout he says “thing”. When working on a “thing” he uses his fully developed and Harvard trained “thing” to communicate a “thing”. Jesus God these SOB’s are stupid.

    • DandyTIger says:

      No reason think think either is “real”. In other words, you have know idea what the politician will do. No idea.

  18. helenk3 says:

    two of the men killed in Benghazi were guarding the CIA compound . now on the radio I heard mike morrell spewing bs on how great hillary is and how she would protect the country.
    what a sleezebucket he is. wonder what he was promised?

    • Somebody says:

      Freedom from prosecution……not to be arkancided? The possibilities are endless.

    • lateblum says:

      What he was promised will be irrelevant. He’s gonna be found dead having stabbed himself in the back after shooting himself also in the back with a shotgun. Another case of Arkancide.

    • Somebody says:

      Anderson Cooper? Why Melania? I wouldn’t give the SOB the time of day.

      • Dora says:

        I wouldn’t either. I don’t know why Melania is willing to, but I won’t be watching. If anything exciting happens, I’ll hear about it tomorrow.

  19. lateblum says:

    I am certain someone must have already posted this, but JIC no one has, this has been on Drudge for a while. This speaks to the hubris and gall of MSM (esp CNN) and how they completely disregard and disrespect those not among “them”.

  20. Dora says:

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  22. lateblum says:

    Just now on FBN – a discussion of the heavy support HRC receives from MSM. They compared the negative coverage Trump receives to the negative coverage of HRC in MSM. On one day alone, the negative stories about Trump v HRC was 23 to 1. In the NYT alone, on the day of the WIkileaks dump r/t her emails, there were 11 negative stories in the NTY. there were 0 stories about her. ZERO.
    Yes. The Fourth Estate is dead as an impartial observer/reporter. Nor is its agenda to question and hold accountable those who govern even on life support any longer.

  23. taw46 says:

    Wow. Lines for early voting.

  24. Dora says:

    “New York, New York – What A Wonderful Town”

  25. Dora says:

  26. DeniseVB says:

    Holy Sh*t, remembered the Wallops Island rocket launch to take supplies to the space station was tonight, so perched on my balcony…..and there she was, a bright orange streak flashing across my North Eastern view! OMG, goosebumps. Perfect night for a launch. You can follow her here:

    Swannie, isn’t the launch site near you ?

    • taw46 says:

      Isn’t it great? I lived near and worked at KSC and the Cape, so I saw many, many launches. Of rockets and shuttles. They are all beautiful and different, especially the night launches. Hope you get to see many more!

    • helenk3 says:

      Good for you.
      it always amazes me when we go to space. I grew up on Buck Rodgers., now it is real and not science fiction.

    • Somebody says:

      Haha I saw the link here I believe Helen left it. Silly me I assumed it was being launched from the Cape. I told my family and we all went outside to see the launch, night launches are the best. Our neighbors came out and asked what was going on, why were we looking up in the sky so then they’re all outside looking for the damn rocket.

      Finally we came inside and figured out it was launched from Wallops Island, facepalm. However, heads up Floridians we get an early morning launch at 4am on 10-19 from the Cape. I get up at 4:45 anyway so I might get up a bit early to see the launch.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Saw it too. Fantastic!

  27. taw46 says:

  28. mcnorman says:

    More empathy from Podesta..this one is sick.
    Article in the Washington Examiner talking about a Podesta backed firm doing illegal experiments and killing 3 elderly people. His response:
    “Saw it. Just churns in the Breitbart Free Beacon loop. You around for a call?”

  29. Dora says:

  30. lyn says:

    Hillary used the N-word?!

  31. lyn says:

  32. DeniseVB says:

    Good grief, point me to the vomitorium … quick !

    • lateblum says:

      My neighbor left the Sunday NYT at my front door last night. I was looking through this morning when I say the entire back page of the Style section with this very airbrushed photo of FLOTUS. I nearly puked right on the paper. Seriously, it turned my stomach. The photo itself was lovely. Too bad the subject needed so much “work” done (both on the photo and on the model herself) worse yet, we likely paid for that “work”.
      As Lulu would say WOORRRKIN HAAAARRD or something like that. 😉

  33. Ann says:

    IRS Ordered to Issue Outstanding Determinations & Answer for Political Targeting of Citizens

    Last week, District Judge Reggie B. Walton held a status conference to resume the lower court proceedings in the case. While the IRS’s attorney once again took the position that most of the claims are moot because most of the plaintiff organizations have received determinations, the court picked up where the D.C. Circuit left off, and ordered that the IRS cease delaying determinations on any outstanding tax-exempt applications of Tea Party groups and other grassroots organizations. He gave the IRS thirty days to comply.

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