liberty, one bomb at a time
By Michael R. Allen
posted December 1998
"Oh, my, life has passed me by. The country I was brought up in
fell apart and died. Oh, no, love's no longer there. A cold wind blew
away the sun that used to warm the air."
-- Chicago, "Lowdown"
The President of the United States, when faced with 221 Congressmen
ready to vote for his impeachment, immediately ordered a limited strike
on the sovereign nation of Iraq. After having already emulated the model
of his predecessor Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton now seeks to follow George
Bush by being credited with a courageous military
While the result has yet to be seen, one thinks he is more likely to
be the next Lyndon B. Johnson and be credited with creating a useless
escapade that wastes American resources. While Clinton has said this
is part of a coordinated effort began in November, there is no reason
he had to launch a strike this week.
Iraq's President Saddam Hussein has refused to acquiesce to the United
Nations Security Council and that is being given as a reason for American
involvement overseas. But the situation in the Middle East is not one
that requires immediate action. First, since he has not violated any
laws outside of his country -- save those of the UN -- all attacks on
Iraq are unprovoked acts of war. Secondly, since inspectors have been
denied access to weapon storage facilities in Iraq, the knowledge of
what Hussein has at his disposal is not complete. Does he have anything
Mr. Clinton does not have?
One also notices that many nations with documented weapons of mass destruction
who are less than cooperative with the Western world have escaped any
attack from the US under Clinton. Are China, Pakistan, North Korea,
and the other countries not guilty of at least the same crimes of which
Hussein has been accused?
Even if one concedes a need to attack Iraq, the need for immediate action
is not apparent. The Pentagon has not promised a definite end to this
"police action" after the Moslem holy month is over, so the
excuse of wanting to avoid the Ramadan holiday is a hollow reassurance.
So why could there not have been at least a hastily-arranged vote on
the military action by Congress, as the neglected old Constitution requires?
After all, one house of Congress is in Washington this week for the
impeachment vote. (The resolution supporting the troops, which passed
417-5, is not what the Constitution demands.)
An inescapable answer is that Mr. Clinton indeed wants to delay the
impeachment vote to another time more favorable to him -- when he appears
to be a hero, or when a new Congress is seated. For once, Republicans
are waking up to the dangers of allowing a President the right to make
war. Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi), the Senate Majority Leader,
denounced the attack but later issued a letter that supported the new
"police action" if his preferred methods are employed.
Others were more cynical. "I think the President is shameless in
what he will do to stay in office," said Florida Republican Representative
Tillie Fowler. Fowler was joined by many conservative activists and
fellow Republican members of Congress in viewing this attack on Iraq
as a purely political act. So far, the Republican House leadership has
played the President's current game; they are delaying the impeachment
vote for at least one day.
The President's honor guard did not miss a beat, however, as Senator
Robert Torricelli (D-New Jersey) called the Republican outrage "a
betrayal of the interests of the US." Senator Torricelli, and Mr.
Clinton's praised National Security Advisers have yet to explain what
these interests are. Besides the impeachment deflection, no others are
being mentioned -- yet other motives may be at work. Everything from
a naked Unintended Nations power-grad to pressure tactics involving
oil companies, or some combination thereof may be involved.
Whatever "national security interests" may be preserved by
this, a true national defense is not being offered. American citizens
abroad are at risk of terrorist attack now, and eventually American
sons may be stolen through the evil institution of the military draft
so they may fight the useless police action and join the ranks of the
dead who were sent to Korea, Vietnam, and Bosnia before them by Presidents
once despised by the young peacenik Clinton.
This nation has little to praise about its government during this holiday
season. But there is a seditious spirit emerging as our Constitution
is abused so blatantly by President Clinton. These unfortunate events
may bring many Americans to demand a restoration of our rule of law.
If this is not a time that sobers the conscience of the people, none
(c) 1998 Michael R. Allen