Friday, January 12, 2007

Secret War?

Updated below:

This is not a good omen. The buzz around security circles in Washington is speculating that Bush has already authorized a secret war with Iran and Syria. This from the Washington Note.

Washington intelligence, military and foreign policy circles are abuzz today with speculation that the President, yesterday or in recent days, sent a secret Executive Order to the Secretary of Defense and to the Director of the CIA to launch military operations against Syria and Iran.

The President may have started a new secret, informal war against Syria and Iran without the consent of Congress or any broad discussion with the country.

If this is so then we are moving very rapidly into a situation where there are grounds for impeachment. This, on the surface, may seem like a good thing but what it really means is that the man is now completely out of control and has decided that he is king and can do whatever he likes. If this is true it is most assuredly Cheney's doing who has been itching for a larger war in the Middle East for a long time.
Here are two interesting reads (via Digby) that shed a little light on Darth Cheney. Here and here. Oh, and if you haven't read the latest from Mr. Blumenthal it is quite an eye opener as well.

The Dover Bitch very kindly reminds us that the AUMF that authorized the use of force in Iraq was the second version sent to Congress. The first AUMF was rejected by Congress because it wasn't restrictive enough and Congress felt that it gave Bush to much leeway to use force regionally. They were specifically worried about Iran and Syria and in the second revision of the AUMF made it clear that the AUMF was for Iraq and Iraq only. (h/t Digby)

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