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Jerry McNerney

Kim Parigoris

Taj Khan

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 6:28 am | Updated: 7:30 am, Wed Mar 23, 2011.

We asked three local leaders to comment on the ongoing miltary action in Libya:

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton

“Moammar Gadhafi is committing terrible atrocities against his own people, and the international community should be concerned about his actions. We cannot, however, be indefinitely involved in a third major overseas military commitment. We need concrete goals and an exit strategy from Libya that ends American involvement as soon as possible.”

Kim Parigoris, president of Lodi Citizens in Action, affiliated with Tea Party Patriots

“Constitutionally, this is a very gray area ... both sides of the issue could quote the Constitution.

“The Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, explicitly states, ‘The Congress shall have power to ... declare war.’ But in Article II, Section 2, the Constitution says, ‘The president shall be commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.’

“However, I feel that there was no immediate, imminent threat to this country and would think that Article II, Section 2, would be interpreted to give that power to the president only in an extreme threat of imminent and immediate danger, i.e., Iran bombing Los Angeles with a nuclear weapon.

“Should (Obama) have gone to Congress first? Yes, he should have. I never thought I would agree with Dennis Kucinich, but as he stated, ‘President Obama is a president, not a king.’ Personally, I do not like the feeling that the United Nations is pulling the strings of our president.”

Taj Khan, Lodi Muslim

“With the help of other nations and support from the United Arab League, we tried to stop the massacre. It was definitely the right thing to do. Where we go from there is a question. Maybe (Obama) should have gone to Congress. It may have massaged some of the egos that have been bruised.”

Cindy Harris, president of Greater Lodi Area Democrats

“I don’t want to see Gadhafi killing his own people, but I don’t think the U.S. can continue to police the world. I’m not an isolationist, but I believe we should concentrate on our problems at home. I don’t want to see our blood shed on any other soil.

“(Obama) should have gone to Congress. It would have taken the heat off him. Now he’s going to be the fall guy for whatever happens.”

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2 comments:

  • Joseph Schmoley posted at 11:17 am on Fri, Mar 25, 2011.

    Joseph Schmoley Posts: 1

    Well Mr. McNerny... agreed that Ghaddafi is a brutal dictator, but how many of those are around the world? With Iraq a case could be made that aside from the massacre that Saddam Hussein was committing over there, he was also a huge threat to 40% of our oil imports in Saudi Arabia.

    We only get 5% of our oil from Libya. What "huge" threat to our national security is he? Answer... NONE!

    Still, if Obama really wants to "free" the oppressed people of the world from these tyrants, why not Iran? The Iranian youth have been slaughtered for 2 years while on Obama's watch! And yet he was virtually silent on Iran.

    No sir, I contend to you that there are other reasons why Obama is all of a sudden jumping in with NATO in Libya. Research George Soros' Open Society Institue and how he's funding all these uprisings in N. Africa.

    Wake up people! You're being bamboozled!

     
  • William Dawes posted at 8:18 am on Wed, Mar 23, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 113

    Going in without leadership is not a strategy.

    Also, I am tired of Obama making it sound like NATO is in charge when France left NATO many years ago. We nned to be in charge of our own military, PERIOD!

     

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