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Holler Widdershins!

Happy New Year!! We have a few things to look forward to in the new year. In just a few weeks Biden/Harris will be sworn in as the new President and Vice President respectively. There is, of course, a lot of work to be done. But we can be hopeful about the future and we must keep moving forward. What are some of your hopes for 2021?

Alright Widdershins, we don’t know what crap The Dump will do before January 20th, but we should try to take deep breaths and look forward to the new administration. Dump and Ghouliani and all those morons are not going to succeed staging a coup. Biden and Harris will be sworn in. We’ll see how the GA special elections go, but even in the worst case scenario, there are many things they can do. A non-partisan Justice Department will be a huuuuuuuuge thing just by itself. And if they’re smart, they will spend the next two years before the midterms exposing every corruption of Trump and every Republican enabler. Can you imagine what they’ll find on Devin Nunes alone?! They better not shy away from that.

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War Number Three, But Who's Counting?

Well, Widdershins, this is a fine how-de-do. Somehow we’ve managed to get the endorsement of the United Nations and the cooperation of our major allies in Europe in order to “create a no-fly zone” in Lybia (translation: we’re bombing the shit out of them). Sneakiest war evah! What is the mission? Are we trying to assassinate Qaddafi, or are we trying to keep him in power? Are we sending in ground troops? What will constitute “victory?” Is this even legal according to our Constitution? As of this writing, no one seems to know the answers. Dear Leader’s letter to Congress explaining his actions is replete with vaguely reassuring generalizations, but although the words “well-defined” and “limited” are used to describe the mission, I must be missing the bullet-pointed paragraph which actually outlines said mission. (Maybe Obama should have gotten Hillary to write the letter.)

Our anti-war Congresscritters are at a loss, as Ralph Nader calls for Obama’s impeachment for continuing Bush’s original two wars, and Michael Moore tweets that there should be a 50-mile evacuation zone around Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize. “Progressive” hero Dennis Kucinich claims that Obama has committed an impeachable offense, but doesn’t necessarily think impeachment proceedings should be started. (Uh….huh?!)

“President Obama moved forward without Congress approving. He didn’t have Congressional authorization, he has gone against the Constitution, and that’s got to be said,” Kucinich told Raw Story. “It’s not even disputable, this isn’t even a close question. Such an action — that involves putting America’s service men and women into harm’s way, whether they’re in the Air Force or the Navy — is a grave decision that cannot be made by the president alone.”

“And I’m raising the question as to whether or not it’s an impeachable offense. It would appear on its face to be an impeachable offense,” Kucinich said. “Now, it doesn’t necessarily follow that simply because a president has committed an impeachable offense, that the process should start to impeach and remove him. That’s a whole separate question. But we have to clearly understand what this Constitution is about.”

Do I hear the melodic clucking of chickens after that statement? In my book, Kucinich’s oath of office requires him to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, not Barack Obama or the “Democraptic Party.” If getting together with our allies and passing a U.N. resolution to bomb Libya is an impeachable offense, then it’s an impeachable offense. There is no “but we shouldn’t impeach because the Republicans are scary and I can’t stand Joe Biden” escape clause in the Constitution, Dennis.

The American people (well, poll respondents, anyway) seem to be on the same page with Obama. As long as we stick to the no-fly zone mission, and don’t send in ground troops, all will be well. But what should Qaddafi’s future be? That is subject to question.

As for Gadhafi, the number who think it is very important to remove the longtime Libyan leader from power has also increased, from 24 percent last week to 34 percent now.

“But that’s far less than the number who thought it was very important to oust Saddam Hussein from power in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2002. It’s also less than the 44 percent who say that it is very important for the U.S. to protect Libyan civilians from Gadhafi’s forces, indicating that public support for military action in Libya has more to do with humanitarian concerns than a desire for regime change,” adds Holland.

Seven in ten Americans are confident that the U.S. will be successful in protecting civilians from Gadhafi’s forces and three-quarters think that Gadhafi will be removed from power. But only 55 percent think the U.S. will be able to accomplish its goals without sending in ground troops.

What about our not-so-anti-war Congresscritters? Are they copacetic with this Libya action? For the most part, they seem to be sticking to that old political stand-by, “expression of concern followed by call for explanation.”

Webb said that the objective of the mission remained unclear as did crucial details to justify the intervention.

 “We do not have a clear diplomatic policy or a clear statement of foreign policy accompanying this military operation,” he said. “We know we don’t like the Gadhafi regime, but we do not have a clear picture of who the opposition movement really is.”

 Webb, a Vietnam veteran and former secretary of the Navy, noted that even the United Nations Security Council vote had five “key abstentions,” Brazil, Russia, India, China and Germany.

 “I really don’t believe we have an obligation to get involved in every single occurrence in that part of the world,” Webb said, calling for transparency from the White House.  

 “I think the president and the secretary of state have a very clear obligation now to come forward to the American people and to the Congress and state clearly what they believe the end point of this should be,” he said. They haven’t done that.”

No, they haven’t. But what should Congress do about it? That also seems to be a question no one in a position of power is willing to answer.

I certainly hope that our government is planning to do as Obama’s letter states – avoid sending in ground troops and quickly transition operations over to our European allies – but I can’t say I’m extremely optimistic about it. Meanwhile, we’ve already started spending even more oodles of money on yet another war. I suppose we will all just have to wait and see “WTF” happens next.

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