On Libya, Congress, and the Constitution

posted by
March 21, 2011
Ludwig von Mises Institute
by SM Oliva  
Posted in Commentary

"There’s a scene in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock that I find useful at times like this. Dr. McCoy is trying to arrange covert passage to a star system declared off-limits by the Federation Council. McCoy asks an alien pilot what it would cost to transport him there. The alien replies that since the system is 'restricted,' it would take money and 'many permits.' McCoy replies, 'There aren’t going to be any damn permits! How can you get a permit to do a damn illegal thing?!' This is basically my reaction to all the hand-wringing over Barack Obama’s decision to attack Libya without first obtaining a congressional declaration of war." (03/20/11)


Our Sponsors