As Commandos Raid Tampa, US State Dept Demands Power to Declare WarSubmitted by HonorGod on Sun, 05/27/2012 - 10:27
... We created a new Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations that is working to put into practice lessons learned over the past decade and institutionalize a civilian surge capacity to deal with crises and hotspots.
Experts from this new bureau are working closely with Special Operations Forces around the world ... Our diplomats also saw that the UN staff in the region could be useful partners. So they worked through our team in Washington and New York to obtain new authorities for the UN officials on the ground and then link them up directly with our Special 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.