"Everyone should applaud the new European muscularity," Victor Davis Hanson, discussing the operation in Libya, writes below, "but understand it in a context of Obamism."
This much now appears clear: The administration consulted with Congress only on Friday afternoon, after the operation in Libya had already commenced. It did so not in person but by telephone, arranging a conference call with ten or 15 members of the congressional leadership. The President was in Brazil, of course, but evidently neither the Secretary of State nor any of her senior deputies so much as made the drive to Capitol Hill to discuss the matter with Congress in person.
Contrast the administration's treatment of the senior branch of the federal government--the Constitution, you'll recall, describes Congress in Article 1, getting to the executive only in Article 2--contrast the administration's peremptory treatment of Congress with what we now know to have been weeks of the closest consultation with the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France.
True enough, as I mentioned in Kenneth's post the other day, President Jefferson dispatched a fleet to deal with the Barbary pirates on his own authority, only informing Congress after he had done so. But Jefferson, intent upon establishing American sovereignty, would never have coordinated his actions with any other power.
In placing American lives and treasure at risk, Obama has by contrast given the protocols of the UN precedence over the Constitution of the United States.
Obamism, in other words, involves the conscious and premeditated surrender of our sovereignty.
And it is an outrage.