LaRouche: Impeach Obama Now; Merkel Should Take a Retirement Rest
September 12, 2014 • 9:21PM

On Friday, Lyndon LaRouche responded to the claims by Obama, John Kerry and Susan Rice that Obama’s announced war on ISIS is not a “war,” but merely a “counter-terrorism” operation by saying: “This is a war despite the idiots in the White House.”

The outcry is growing against Obama’s claim that since it is not a war he doesn't have to obtain Congressional approval, his failure to recognize the need to obtain the consent of Syria to launch attacks in that country, and his refusal to bring the issue before the UN Security Council.

See:Russia, Syria Warn that U.S. Strikes in Syria without UN Approval Violate International Law

The Russian Foreign Ministry warned: “It is essential to fight this evil in strict compliance with the practices of international law, U.N. Security Council resolutions and the U.N. in general … and with strict respect for the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq.” To launch strikes “against ISIS positions in Syria without the consent of the legitimate government … in the absence of a UN security council decision, would be an act of aggression, a gross violation of international law.”

An op-ed in the New York Times by Bruce Ackerman entitled “Obama’s Betrayal of the Constitution” reads in part: “Nothing attempted by his predecessor, George W. Bush, remotely compares win imperial hubris…. [H]is assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order.” Jack Goldsmith, who worked in Bush’s Department of Justice authored an article in Time magazine entitled “Obama’s Breathtaking Expansion of a President’s Power to Make War.”

After a closed door briefing of the Senate on Thursday, numerous members of the President’s own party objected to the President’s refusal to seek Congressional authorization. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said “I’m not sure what the definition of war would be then.” Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said “I would not support the arm-and-equip request as it stands today,” referring to Obama’s proposal to arm and equip the Free Syrian Army. Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said he wouldn't support giving Obama the authority to arm the rebels.

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said the president under the Constitution, must receive congressional approval to launch airstrikes against ISIL in Syria. “There are far larger principles than simply this operation at take here.. Do we as Americans want to continue to cede war-making authority, which in the Constitution is very clearly placed in the hands of the representatives of the people, in the hands of one man?” Himes said “the logic they are suing to say that he can now essentially undertake hostilities using our troops is a bit tortured. And this a moment for a debate in the united States Congress."

On Wednesday night, the 76-member Congressional Progressive Caucus released the following statement in response to the President’s speech:

”Congress must weigh in when it comes to confronting ISIL through military action. The voices of the American people must be heard during a full and robust debate in Congress on the use of military force. Speaker Boehner should put legislation authorizing military action on the floor of the House of Representatives before Congress leaves for the upcoming district work period."

The drive to declassify the 28 pages of the Joint Congressional Inquiry on the funding of 9/11 is also intersecting the fact that the training of the Syrian opposition as proposed by Obama will be carried out by Saudi Arabia, which carried out 9/11 and has funded ISIS.

Rep. Stephen Lynch, Rep. Walter Jones as well as former Senator Bob Graham have been interviewed in several media on the need to declassify the 28 pages now. Lynch in particular has emphasized that the 28 pages have direct implications for Obama’s current policy. This connection was also featured in a story which ran in the Sydney Morning Herald and the Brisbane Times in Australia entitled “Claims of Saudi hand in September 11 attacks hang over Obama’s speech.”

Even as Obama violates the U.S. Constitution and international law in his proposed war on ISIL, his actions and those of the European Union in imposing further economic sanctions against Russia are a further indication of Obama’s “imperial hubris” and the self-destructive foolishness of Europe.

As Lyndon LaRouche stressed Friday that these sanctions are part of an attempt to eliminate Russia’s sovereignty. It is a serious error. The argument justifying this is really, really corrupt. The claims against Russia are absolute fraud. They have no standing. Everybody who wants to support these sanctions proceeds at his own risk. In other words, they are jerks. They are acting like hair-brained jerks. They are babbling, saying silly things, which are largely lies in point of fact.

See: LaRouche: Obama/EU Sanctions Against Russia Violate Russia's Sovereignty

LaRouche singled out German Chancellor Angela Merkel in particular for going along with Obama on this policy. He said Merkel is making a fool of herself. She should take an early retirement rest somewhere.