Video: Biden Threatening to Impeach President If He Launches an Attack Without Congre

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    The difference being, President Bush didn't act without Congressional approval. Obama has no intention of seeking such approval for his flash-in-the-pan useless attack on Syria.
     
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    Anyone remember a 2-plane bombing run on Libya back in the 80's?....
     
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    It was 1986, using twenty-two F-117 aircraft from the 48th Tactical Wing based at the Lakenheath RAF field in England, with four equipped only as electronic countermeasure aircraft to attack Tripoli, as well as twenty-four F-18 Hornets and A-6 Intruders from two carrier groups in the Mediterreanan which struck Benghazi.

    They were ordered into Libya on April 15, 1986 in direct response to the April 5 LaBelle discotheque club bombing in West Berlin, a well-known American service men and women hangout. Agents of the Libyan government personally carried out that attack. As it was a retaliation for a more or less direct attack on U.S. personnel and Congress was up in arms, President Reagan kept key Congressional leaders informed of his ongoing diplomatic talks with European and Arab leaders, most of whom privately were in favor of trying to take out Qaddafi but were unwilling to publicly commit their governments to any such action. In short, it bears little resemblance to what the Great Pretender is proposing in Syria, and Clinton didn't measure up to Reagan's standards of keeping Congress informed with his actions against Serbia. True, Reagan could have, and probably should have, sought a formal Congressional vote, but he had the consensus support of Congress regardless.

    In the end, leaders in both parties endorsed a retaliatory strike, even though France steadfastly refused to allow U.S. aircraft into French airspace to fly the mission, a decision that added 2,800 kilometers to the flight plan, requiring midair refueling both en route and upon return. Three Libyans died, including Qaddafi's daughter, and the leader himself was severely wounded and nearly died, though obviously he recovered. In all, 300 Libyan civilians were wounded as well, and the U.S. lost one aircraft.

    The Libyan military claimed to have shot it down, but it is believed the pilot flew too close in and damaged his aircraft flying through a debris field. The fact that combat footage from the raids shows Libyan antiaircraft units failed to respond until all planes had cleared their targets adds credence to that theory. The pilot and weapons officer were able to evade capture and were picked up by a carrier-based CH-53 Super Stallion air-sea rescue bird.
     

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