Today is Memorial Day, which, in paper, is set aside to honor those who serve the national interest in the armed forces. But no one, at least no one conducting the most attended conversations on the national stage, is discussing the servicemen and women we have inLibyaright now. Nor are they discussing the violations of The War Powers Act and Article I of the Constitution which their deployment entails.
Not just President Obama is responsible for these violations, though he did swear to uphold Constitution and enacted laws. The Congress is also culpable; its members have failed to assert its own duty to declare war and police the executive. And we, too, are culpable, for not demanding of our respective representatives that we be told why we commit our dwindling monies and the bodies and efforts of our finest to a remote and uncertain conflict. Qudaffi’s tyranny is beyond dispute; but none in the West whether the revolutionaries are budding democrats, jihadists, or tribal factions with no ideological commitment recognizable to outsiders. Some of each element seem to be in play. Yet we cannot say which will prevail until after the rubble settles; or if they could establish any sustainable institution with or without further unasked-for alien nation-building.
Ours would be such a sad nation, if we could not give care to the wars conducted on our behalf.
We honor no one leaving our leaders undisturbed.