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picture16 Apr 2003 @ 18:36, by Quidnovi

The following is from the last Press Briefing by Ari Fleischer on Monday:

Q: Ari, Lawrence Eagleberger, the Secretary of State under George Bush, Sr., told the BBC yesterday, "If George Bush, Jr., decided he was going to turn the troops loose on Syria and Iran, after that he would last in office about 15 minutes. In fact, if President Bush were to try that even now, I would think he ought to be impeached. You can't get away with that sort of thing in this democracy." Can he get away with that sort of thing?

MR. FLEISCHER: I've answered that question previously up here.

Q: Thank you.

MR. FLEISCHER: Thank you.

=== END 1:15 P.M. EDT ===

Errr…come again?

What was that all about, now?

And what was the answer to the question, again???

Check for yourself, but I don’t believe that Ari answered that question anywhere, at any time, in the briefing.

I don’t blame him, mind you.

After all, what would YOU have answered?

I don’t know. It seems to me that G. W. Bush’s authority to unilaterally wage war whenever and wherever he so chooses was requested by him (fair and square) with the “National Security Strategy” that he sent to Congress as a declaration of his Administration's policy , and, VERY CLEARLY, this power has been handed to him (and to his handful of advisers) by the Legislative when congress surrendered the legal requirement for a congressional declaration of war and abdicated its own authority (and legislative responsibilities) in the matter.

"Bis repetita placent." Did anyone say Pontifex Maximus?

Just asking.

So is Roger Morris (a member of the National Security Council under presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon): From Republic to Empire



The present post is a follow up to an earlier entry on the same theme, The Arrogance of Power

For a wider variety of viewpoints on this contemporary topic, also visit:
Militarized Globalism and Empire: Advocates, Skeptics, and Critics.

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17 Apr 2003 @ 06:36 by catana : The art of...
The Bush administration could probably be summed up in two words: huh? and duh!  

17 Apr 2003 @ 07:11 by waalstraat : OY!
We (the world) have a problem there don't we...incredible, next George W. will be be seen sticking his hand in his jacket...still for every Napolean, hopefully there is a Waterloo...  

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