• Shep Socks it to Psaki: Your Boss is Kinda Sounding Like Dick Cheney These Days

    My, how times have changed. President Obama tried so hard throughout the past five years to be the anti-Bush president…that he inadvertently became exactly what he hated. It’s pretty much akin to a teenager going full-tilt liberal as a rebellion against his conservative parents. But that whole pesky ‘withdrawing from Iraq too early’ thing turned out to be a step too far, and now Barack is a wartime president. Even worse for him, he’s a wartime president who’s making unilateral moves and bypassing Congress through the use of slight technicalities. He’s now apparently clinging to the “imminent threat” exception/justification by pointing to the Khorosan terror group in Syria — whom many of us had never heard of before. Ironically, if George W. Bush had said he was going to attack ISIS, and then suddenly mentioned a brand new terrorist group in order to justify his actions, liberals like Obama would have been shouting from the rooftops that he made it all up.

    But we are where we are, AUMF or no AUMF. That’s the Authorization to Use Military Force, of course, and it allows the United States to go after al Qaeda-linked groups. Were it not for that AUMF, Obama probably couldn’t bomb Syria at all, and as it stands, there have been many vocal critics in Congress who have said he needed to get a whole new AUMF anyway. But the president has no plans to do that, as he made clear in his initial address about ISIS — you know, the one in which he insisted to Congress that he already has the authority to do whatever he wants, but condescendingly offered to hear them out.

    However the administration wants to spin it, the law is the law. And when Shep Smith of Fox News sat down with State Department mouthpiece Jen Psaki on Wednesday, he let her have it. “You’re working under the Cheney document. It sounds Cheney document to me … the law is if you have been attacked, absolutely go after it,” said Shep. “If you believe an attack is imminent, then you can sort of preemptively go in. It was only Cheney who said you can just go kill people because you’re afraid they might kill us, and it looks like to a lot of international observers that’s what we’re doing. I’m not suggesting this. I’m telling you that’s what it looks like to a lot of international observers who think what we’re doing might be illegal.”

    The Psakster, however, rejected the premise. “We’re acting in the self-defense of Iraq,” the red-headed preteen insisted. “They want us to help them, they’ve asked us to come in and help them. There’s a letter that has been sent to the United Nations explaining the legal aspect of this. There’s no question we’re going to ask with legal authority, but the president is going to defend the national interest of the United States.”

    Are you buying this? Or do you think, like Shep Smith, that it all sounds rather “squishy”? Isn’t it amazing how President Obama can use “imminent threat” justifications to take down a group that he referred to as “jayvee” as recently as January? In the end, a successful foreign policy has a lot to do with trust. And unfortunately, this administration doesn’t have a reasonable stockpile of that either at home or abroad. Getting compared to Dick Cheney is simply the price this president will have to pay for that. And it’s kind of rewarding on some level, because we all know there’s no one on earth whom he’d less like to be equated with.

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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