Debra J. Saunders

Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, and the American Civil Liberties Union may have objected to the use of U.S. drones to kill U.S.-born terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen, but the American public supported the results. No U.S. troops died. If drone strikes in Libya, Pakistan and Somalia are less popular, they are not generating the sort of political heat that can burn a politician.

(SET BOLD)--Congress won't lift a finger to assert its own power. (END BOLD) The 1973 War Powers Act requires that a president halt unilateral military hostilities unless Congress approves them within 60 days. The Obama State Department, however, argued that the NATO attacks were too limited to require congressional approval. Senators and representatives disagreed, but they didn't care enough to approve the Libyan effort or disapprove it.

Credit Kerry and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for introducing a bipartisan resolution to authorize the NATO effort, which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved in a 14-5 vote. But Republicans blocked a floor vote on the measure in July on the grounds that the debt limit standoff took precedence. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went along. And nothing happened.

The House did vote, but it voted both ways. First, the House rejected a measure to sustain the NATO effort. Then it voted against a measure to limit military funding in Libya. Members didn't want to support the war, but they didn't want to stop it, either.

(SET BOLD)--Gadhafi's death was the only acceptable ending. (END BOLD) Libyan rebels don't have to worry about the slippery Gadhafi escaping as he awaits trial. The International Criminal Court will not shame itself with an extended trial that coddles the mad dog of the Middle East, as it did with Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic, while providing him with a global stage. And Obama doesn't have to worry about American leftists and Europeans trying to undermine his authority, because he's not George W. Bush.

(SET BOLD)--The wounds of Pan Am 103 remain open. (END BOLD) In August 2009, Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill released Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the Pan Am bombing, on "compassionate" grounds. MacAskill claimed prostate cancer had left al-Megrahi with only three months to live.

More than two years after the hero's welcome he received on a Tripoli tarmac, al-Megrahi is living in a palatial villa among family. He served eight years for the murder of 270 people.

Libyan National Transitional Council Ambassador Ali Aujali told CNN that his country probably won't hand over al-Megrahi, because al-Megrahi is a "very sick man."

A very sick man? The new regime must think Americans are really stupid. They must think that they can harbor a man who killed 189 innocent Americans and that they still will get boatloads of U.S. dollars to bankroll their new government.


Debra J. Saunders


 
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