Michael Goldfarb formerly a hack at the National Review brings all his unhinged goodness to Senator McCain’s staff, Newest McCain official: President has “near dictatorial powers”
According to James Madison, “In no part of the constitution is more wisdom to be found, than in the clause which confides the question of war or peace to the legislature, and not to the executive department.”
Article 1 – The Legislative Branch
Section 8 – Powers of Congress
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
A study by doctors from the Johns Hopkins School of Health in conjunction with Iraqi doctors from al-Mustanceriya University in Baghdad, published in the British medical journal The Lancet in October 2006, estimated the number of excess deaths as a result of the occupation at above 655,000.
Just Foreign Policy, an independent organization “dedicated to reforming U.S. foreign policy” offered an updated total of 1,213,716 at the time of this writing.
On Sep. 14, 2007, Opinion Research Business (ORB), an independent polling agency located in London, produced a figure of 1,220,580 deaths as a result of the invasion.
Scott Mcclellan’s recent book of not so much revelations, but confirmation of what we already knew has also focused attention on some previous charges against the Bush administration such as in Wiser in Battle: A Soldier’s Story, written by Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez
Sig Christenson writes in the San Antonio Express-News about Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez’s description of a White House videoconference on the second day of fighting between Marines and entrenched guerrillas in Fallujah in April 2003.
“Sanchez, in a memoir to be released Tuesday, said Bush ‘launched into what I considered a kind of confused pep talk’ about the battle for Fallujah and an upcoming campaign to kill or capture radical anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and cripple his militia.
“‘Kick ass!’ Bush said. ‘If somebody tries to stop the march to democracy, we will seek them out and kill them! We must be tougher than hell!’ . . .
“‘Stay strong! Stay the course! Kill them! Be confident! Prevail! We are going to wipe them out! We are not blinking.’ . . .
“Fueled by images beamed by the Al-Jazeera television network, the administration quickly reversed course, stopping Operation Vigilant Resolve. Soon after, Coalition Provisional Authority administrator L. Paul Bremer dropped plans to capture or kill al-Sadr, even though the president had said during the April 7, 2003, meeting, ‘It is essential he be wiped out,’ according to the memoir. . . .
“Sanchez’s nearly 500-page memoir, ‘Wiser in Battle: A Soldier’s Story,’ takes the administration to task for a series of missteps that he says have made it impossible for America to leave Iraq. He wants a 9-11-style investigation into why the United States went to war in Iraq, and also said Bush’s ‘suspension’ of the Geneva Conventions ‘led to putting America on the path to torture.'”
I don’t know that those missteps made it impossible to leave, but rather stoked the sectarian violence. Which in turn played into that head spinning narrative by war supporters that things are going great, but we have to stay because the violence is so bad.
Looks like another Conservative associated with Jack Abramoff might be in big trouble. And the Mystery Lobbyist is … Kevin Ring