Thursday, January 31, 2008

George Bush Meets Another Law He Says He Can Break

It is the Supreme Court that is charged with finding whether a law is Constitutional. Not so in Bush's world. No, in George Bush's world, he is the decider of what laws are Constitutional.

WASHINGTON - President Bush this week declared that he has the power to bypass four laws, including a prohibition against using federal funds to establish permanent US military bases in Iraq, that Congress passed as part of a new defense bill.

Bush wants to build permanent bases in Iraq, and he is negotiating with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for that very purpose.

The negotiations have drawn fire in part because the administration has said it does not intend to designate the compact as a "treaty," and so will not submit it to Congress for approval. Critics are also concerned Bush might lock the United States into a deal that would make it difficult for the next president to withdraw US troops from Iraq.

What Bush is doing is laughing at Democracy and the rule of law, again. This is dangerous and why I posted my question about the theory of the Unitary Executive. It is this type of action that makes my question so important.

via Boston Globe



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