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.,