March 19, 2012

Obama’s executive order: The details of madness

Sam Smith

A number of commentators have suggested that there’s nothing to Obama’s get-ready-for-war executive order since Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan had issued similar edicts. This is a bit like the kid who justifies his action by the fact that “Jimmy did it,” to which the proper parental response is, “If Jimmy jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff?”

It also ignores the fact, for example, that FDR used an executive order to incarcerate Japanese Americans during World War II.

Sweeping executive orders are well worth examining despite the view of onetime Clinton aide Paul Begala: "Stroke of the pen. Law of the Land. Kinda cool.”

This one would appear to have been  written in preparation for a war with Iran. If such a war follows recent precedent, the Constitution’s requirement that it is Congress’ responsibility to declare war will be totally ignored. Thus, such an order gives the president specific illegal powers to carry out an overall illegal act.

Edwin Black, writing in Huffington Post, doesn’t seem too bothered by such minor considerations, but notes several interesting provisions:
||| Part VI is entitled "Labor Requirements," and directs the Secretary of Labor "to collect and maintain data necessary to make a continuing appraisal of the Nation's workforce needs for purposes of national defense… It mandates that the Secretary of Labor "upon request by the Director of Selective Service, and in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, assist the Director of Selective Service in development of policies regulating the induction and deferment of persons for duty in the armed services." …

The Order specifies "Civil transportation includes movement of persons and property by all modes of transportation in interstate, intrastate, or foreign commerce within the United States, its territories and possessions, and the District of Columbia, and related public storage and warehousing, ports, services, equipment and facilities. It adds, "Civil transportation" also shall include direction, control, and coordination of civil transportation capacity regardless of ownership" other than "petroleum and gas pipelines, and coal slurry pipelines used only to supply energy production facilities directly." Gasoline rationing and vehicle restriction for poor mileage cars and trucks is a concept already enshrined in the protocols of the Paris-based International Energy Agency. The United States is a member and has signed the treaty that covers such potential restrictions in the event of an oil interruption.

Because any oil interruption would have an immediate impact on the distribution of food, the Order also covers "the production or preparation for market use of food resources." The Order asserts that "food resources" means all commodities and products ... capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals." |||
In brief, the order outlines the powers the president will assume in the name of an insane and illegal war against Iran.,


Capt America said...

It's just bluster. Obama won't do it unless the Israelis do. The ayatollahs want to see a split between the US and Israel. Not giving them one may be the only way to turn them around, for a while.

Anonymous said...

I concur, Capt America, it's just bluster. It does make one wonder if grownups are in charge. There never was going to be a war, not by the Israelis alone anyway, that don't have the cajones for it.

And as a way of Israel 'saving face' as the Japanese call it, we now see reports coming out acknowledging that Iran is not intent on developing a nuclear weapon.

Anonymous said...

A very convincing piece of sad evidence that this next insane war is about ready to be launched by a US/Israeli coalition of powerfully delinquent fools, and the usual camp followers of David Cameron's ilk. And I doubt it has anything to do with what any 'ayatollahs' might think , or not. Or what the vast majority of human beings living anywhere on Earth presumably desire, either.

It has everything to do with the sheer lunacy of our existing wars and the corrosive effect that madness has had on the reasoning capability of our leadership, Congress and President Obama included. If this looming war is indeed created , 'rational thinking' as- we -know -it will not be implicated.

Meaning that our newly designated freak de guerre, the desperately & pathetically mis-labeled"lone gunman", staff Sgt. Bales ,is very far from the only one around here whose sanity has lately gone irrevocably AWOL. For what duration we can only tremble to guess.

- John A. Joslin ( Detroit , USA )

Anonymous said...

Our "insane" wars work very well for Saudi Arabia, the perpetrator of 9/11 and the persuader of George Bush to invade Iraq. Who do you think is responsible for the terror bombings in Damascus? The rebels? No. The Syrian government? No. Who is trying to engineer a civil war that only Sunni and Shiite fanatics have an interest in? Their motive is to neutralize and destroy Syria. A free and functional Syria is a grave threat to them.

foolish and corrupt? Yes. Insane? Not on your life.

Capt America said...

How can you possibly believe that Iran is interested in developing peaceful atomic power or anything other than a nuclear weapon when they are practically swimming in oil? That's ridiculous. A phoney report should at least make a modicum of sense to be credible.

Anonymous said...

More of Cpl. Amerika's stupid assertions. Why would anyone try to power electrical generators with oil? Unless they were a diesel/electric train. Laughable, not to mention his opinions are all zionist crap.

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid the existence of motives for, or beneficiaries of, war doesn't rule out insanity when it comes to something like this.

Even a very narrow legalistic view sees the inability to distinguish right from wrong as one of insanity's identifying characteristics.

In this case, I'd say insanity is driving out reason in a way analogous to carbon monoxide displacing oxygen from a breathable atmosphere , thus eliminating the possibility for continued human life.

Another telling aspect of insanity is that those it affects , as a rule , do not suspect its existence, as such. Nor does it rule out the vigorous pursuit of intended goals.

As you can see, I'm not deploying the word 'insanity' here, to convey the comical picture of a giggling clown unable to figure out why she is forever tripping over hugely oversized shoes.

I'm suggesting it as both an unavoidable effect and an uncontrollable cause of chronic war use. A death- embracing behavior locked in a positive feedback loop.

The many symptoms include such anomalies as the ongoing persecution of Bradley Manning for attempting to alert us to the insanity , and the culling of Mr. Bales from the killing herd for inadvertently coming close to embarrassing the politicians currently 'supervising' the organized, and wholesale murder that is taking place.

- John A. Joslin ( D-troit , USA )

Capt America said...

anon 12:45:

Why indeed?

Anonymous said...

Apparently Obama wants to make this next one labor intensive, borrowing a strategy from the ancient world. The most likely scenario is that Obama would double dare Iran to invade us, maybe by claiming Kim Kardashian as the most beautiful woman in the world. Meanwhile he would deploy able-bodied adults to defend our coasts. Excess labor pedaling on bicycle generators would replace gasoline as our principal energy source. This would realistically defend against the Iranian threat, without running up a big tab in another Elmer Fudd-like hunting expedition.

Anonymous said...

We should pass a law that states any president that starts a war or reinstates the draft must send their own children to the frontline.
I think that in a perfect world they would do that without a law being needed.
It sounds far fetched but really is what we should demand of our presidents. Anyone in office should feel obligated to have their own kids die first.
The problem is we have no way to get any laws passed and also no way to stop the laws that are wrong like tpp