Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mainstream Media Does Nothing To Examine Hypocrisy of Durbin and Biden on Libyan Attack

In  October 2002, Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin voted against the resolution authorizing George Bush to send troops into battle against Saddam Hussein and Iraq.  He subsequently would accuse Bush of falsely leading the United States into an unnecessary war.

On March 22, 2011, Durbin praised President Barack Obama for sending U.S. fighter jets into battle against Moammar Gadhafi even though Obama did not seek or get support from Congress to do so.  Durbin referred to Gadhafi as a madman who was a threat to his own people.  Well, excuse me Senator Durbin, wasn't Hussein a madman who used chemical weapons on his own people?

Isn't it amazing how politicians will condemn Presidents of the other party for sending our troops into battle, but will praise Presidents of their own party for basically doing the same thing.  Hypocrisy in politics is old business, but why hasn't anyone in our so-called objective news media ask Durbin why he is supporting military action under a principle he opposed during the Bush administration?

I am also awaiting the next time Vice President Joseph Biden goes before the Washington media. In 2007, Biden was being interviewed by Chris Matthews on MSNBC and said "launching an attack without Congressional approval is an impeachable offense."  Biden was referring to the possibility that George Bush would attack Iran without Congressional approval.  He vehemently said that if Bush initiates an attack on Iran without Congressional approval, he would immediately move to begin impeachment proceedings against the then President.

Do you think any of those Washington media reporters will ask Biden if he is going to resign because Obama did not seek Congressional approval for the Libyan attack?  Will Katie Couric, Brian Williams or Diane Sawyer mention what Biden said in 2007 on their nightly news reports?  Don't hold your breath.

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