As Commandos Raid Tampa, US State Dept Demands Power to Declare War

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Its like a frog in a pot of cold water. If you slowly turn up the heat he will not jump out and soon boil to death. We, the people, are like that frog, as they slowly take away our freedoms and liberties in the name of keeping us safe. As we are heading toward a totalitarian police state.

Operations Forces to share expertise and improve coordination.

The State Department and US Special Ops – a new, unelected and unaccountable power in the world? It is broader still ...

We have to keep our international cooperation going and growing at every level. Next week I'll be heading to Europe, and I'll end up in Istanbul for the second meeting of the new Global Counterterrorism Forum, which we helped launch last year. Turkey and the United States serve as the founding co-chairs, and we've been joined by nearly 30 other nations.

Who has given Ms. Clinton the brief to do such things? She characterizes these conflicts as low level but there are no guarantees they will stay that way. And what are the criteria for her mandates? And who is she to consult with? Constitutionally, only the US Congress has the right to commit US troops to war.

US President Barack Obama, through surrogates such as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, is now claiming that his administration can commit US forces based on international (UN) mandates and the like. Congress is to be consulted only secondarily. But Clinton seems to be taking it a step further. She apparently wants the personal power to do the deed.

There are voices raised generally against these sorts of declarations. At the highest level, libertarian/GOP Congressman Ron Paul (R-Tex) has used his presidential campaign to demand that the US bring home its troops and special agents from nearly 1,000 bases worldwide.

This would not suit Clinton, who is a globalist with a book to her credit entitled, It Takes a Village. She knows full well that there are plenty of questions about the so-called "war on terror" but gives credence to even its most questionable elements.

Pakistan-oriented "Opinion Maker" posted an article ("Clinton Bares All") shortly after her speech. Here's the conclusion:

Today the diplomatic meddlers have networks of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to assist them with the process of spreading the "pork" locally and creating new false narratives which mirror the latest fashionable lies being peddled by Washington's other sources.

You see the process most completely in the fate suffered by Libya, or Syria, or that visited upon the people of Iraq. At the end of the "smart" process is nothing but war and local devastation giving the US and NATO military a foot in the door.

Now Ms. Clinton has proclaimed the right to direct that "foot in the door." The civilian and military conversation in the US is moving steadily in the wrong direction.

This should be of concern not only to US citizens who want a less warlike US but also to the world community at large.

camaroman's picture
May. 9, 2012 11:30 am

The America I Knew Has Almost Disappeared

Like an alcoholic family that won't discuss alcoholism (and proving Don Quixote's warning to never mention rope in the home of a man who's been hanged), far too many Americans are unwilling to acknowledge or even discuss the ongoing collapse of democracy in the United States.

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