Obama Creates New Al-Qaeda Out Of Thin Air To Justify His Somalia War

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Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

An article published in The New York Times this past Sunday perfectly demonstrates how out of control and unconstitutional America’s foreign policy has become. It highlights the latest war being perpetrated by the Obama administration, which is expanding with very little scrutiny from the press or the government branch supposedly in charge of waging war, the U.S. Congress.

The latest growing battlefield is in Somalia, and it threatens to spiral out of control just like so many other undeclared war zones before it. From the NY Times:

WASHINGTON — The escalating American military engagement in Somalia has led the Obama administration to expand the legal scope of the war against Al Qaeda, a move that will strengthen President-elect Donald J. Trump’s authority to combat thousands of Islamist fighters in the chaotic Horn of Africa nation.

Is it “a move that will strengthen President-elect Donald J. Trump’s authority to combat thousands,” or is it a move that will allow Trump to also engage in endless, unconstitutional war?

The administration has decided to deem the Shabab, the Islamist militant group in Somalia, to be part of the armed conflict that Congress authorized against the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to senior American officials. The move is intended to shore up the legal basis for an intensifying campaign of airstrikes and other counterterrorism operations, carried out largely in support of African Union and Somali government forces.


The executive branch’s stretching of the 2001 war authorization against the original Al Qaeda to cover other Islamist groups in countries far from Afghanistan — even ones, like the Shabab, that did not exist at the time — has prompted recurring objections from some legal and foreign policy experts.

Would you look at that. Shabab didn’t even exists on 9/11, yet Obama is using 9/11 authority against al-Qaeda to wage war without Congressional approval. He is literally creating new al-Qaeda out of thin air.

The Shabab decision is expected to be publicly disclosed next month in a letter to Congress listing global deployments. It is part of the Obama administration’s pattern of relaxing various self-imposed rules for airstrikes against Islamist militants as it tries to help its partner forces in several conflicts.

A “letter to Congress.” This perfectly demonstrates how utterly castrated the legislative branch has become.

But it’s not just Somalia of course. Obama uses his “pen” to expand war all over the planet.

In June, the administration quietly broadened the military’s authority to carry out airstrikes in Afghanistan to encompass operations intended “to achieve strategic effects,” meaning targeting people impeding the work of Afghan government forces, officials said. Previously, strikes in Afghanistan were permitted only in self-defense, for counterterrorism operations targeting Qaeda or Islamic State forces, or to “prevent a strategic defeat” of Afghan forces.


Later in the summer, the administration deemed Surt, Libya, an “area of active hostilities,” after the Libyan prime minister asked for assistance in dislodging Islamic State militants from that city. The move exempted the area from 2013 rules that restrict drone strikes and other counterterrorism operations away from battlefield zones, which President Obama had announced in a major speech that year that sought to turn a page in the long-running war against Al Qaeda.


As of last week, the Pentagon had carried out 420 airstrikes against militants in Surt since August.


The Shabab grew up as an Islamist insurgency after 2007, when Ethiopia, with American support, invaded Somalia to overthrow an Islamist council that had briefly taken control of much of the long-chaotic country.


The officials familiar with the internal deliberations spoke on the condition of anonymity. In a statement, Lisa Monaco, Mr. Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, emphasized that the terrorist threat “is constantly evolving and requires an adaptable response.”

It’s “constantly evolving” because insane U.S. foreign policy constantly creates more of them.

Some experts criticized the administration for using a 15-year-old congressional authorization as a justification to go to war with the Shabab.


“It’s crazy that a piece of legislation that was grounded specifically in the experience of 9/11 is now being repurposed for close air support for regional security forces in Somalia,” said Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.


In 2014, for example, Mr. Obama declared that the 2001 law authorized him to battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. An Army captain rejected that claim and argued that the Islamic State war was illegal because Congress had never explicitly approved it. Last week, a judge dismissed that lawsuit, without ruling on its merits.

This disturbing use of 9/11 authority to battle groups that have little to do with al-Qaeda, and didn’t even exist at the time of the terror attacks, is a topic I’ve covered several times in the past. Here are a few examples:

Mitch McConnell Moves to Grant the President Unlimited War Powers with No Expiration Date

Obama’s ISIS War is Not Only Illegal, it Makes George W. Bush Look Like a Constitutional Scholar

The New York Times Admits – Despite Going to Congress, Obama is Still Defending Unlimited War Powers

Must Watch Video – U.S. Senator Issues Dire Warning on Unchecked Executive Power

The Pentagon Admits: The “War on Terror” Will Never End

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aliens is here's picture

Never ending wars = big profit for someone.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

This is sore loser Obama's way of overturning the game board and prancing away in a hissy fit.

"I'll show Trump! I'll start a bunch of new conflicts for him to clean up. Serves him right for hurting my feelings!"

bigdumbnugly's picture

Plus I hear Fredonia is acting up again.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Obama not only engineered the greatest economic recovery in US history, but he also managed to capture Bin Laden, which would make him one of the most successful Presidents with regards to foreign policy too. If anyone has credibility in the realm of foreign policy, it is Obama. If his intelligence sources indicate that we should intervene in Somalia then I’m for it.

Wahooo's picture

LOL. Great post. So glad ZH has evolved beyond requiring sarc tags.

CheapBastard's picture

Bombing Islamies and Muslimites all over the planet yet Obama cannot even say the words, 'Islamic extremists."

Muh Raf's picture

What a bunch or warmongering c*nts the Americans are. Let's build a wall all the way around North America to stop this plague of murdering locusts from getting out. May the chicken of death come home to roost.

DeathMerchant's picture

I wonder why the SEAL Team Six members didn't mention Barry being along on the raid. I'm not buying that he was in on the hit. Perhaps there's a Wikileaks email discussing a pair of mom jeans with a brown stain in the back, then I might consider it.

NewHugh's picture

MDB realizes that he's a total laughingstock these days after his clever predictions are all turning out to be wrong.  He now trolls as fukidontknow and pretends to be an MDB hater.  Yet still posts links to his moronic accredited times website.  What an imbecile!


Where do you come up with this shit. Yes, mdb, obamas intelligence sources raytheon and mcdonnel douglas said we should bomb the piss outta somalia. Its the right thing to do. 

Youre such a fucking tool. Please load yourself into the bomb bay of a super superior advanced f35 and drop yourself on libya. Thanx.

Oh yea, and fuck you and your mom.

halfasleep's picture

When the CFR calls you crazy... phew

Omen IV's picture

Putin said - negotiating with Obama is like dealing with a Pidgin who shits on a chess board and then scatters all the pieces

Taint Boil's picture

I sure hope Trump reads Zero Hedge

Yog Soggoth's picture

Depends. Where is he anyways?

Badsamm's picture

What's the all in cost for 1 air strike?

Due North's picture

I'm sure that it's across the gulf from Yemen has no bearing on this new issue.

buzzsaw99's picture

here's another war for ya trump. you can thank me  later.

mr1963's picture

If you expand the wars, you expand the refugee pool. He's getting as many as he can in here...

Emergency Ward's picture

President Obama has bombed more Africans than all other US Presidents combined.

buzzsaw99's picture

that's owebomber. when he's not fomenting racial tension here in freedumb's land for political purposes he's off halfway around the world bombing little brown babies in their cribs.

DeathMerchant's picture

He's only bombing the ones who have referred to him as mulatto.

Squid Viscous's picture

"Watch Rita Katz at 10pm with the exclusive Al Shabbab recruitment video!!"

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

what was the legal basis for Libya?

obama should have been arrested and impeached then

meanwhile, the ZOG continues to press for ww3

OT: the ads, trackers, and shitty scripts on ZH are absurd - doesnt ZH like mobile traffic? jeezus.

Bunga Bunga's picture

If you like your wars, you can keep your wars.

webmatex's picture

9/11/01 = 16 years.

WW2 was won and took only 6.

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

ISIS was just the rebranding of Al-Qaeda anyway.  Same sunni militant idealogy same flag.  Some kind of PR spin cooked up by the pentagon.  14 years later and having more Al-qaedaz than ever......gee lets just fake killing Osama bin Laden declare Al-Qaeda defeated and just call them ISIL now.

CheapBastard's picture

Does Obama even know McShame is funding these extremists?

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Agreed, you shouldn't need a new declaration every time your enemy changes his banner. 

But the point about the apparently limitless expansion of a declaration to later enemies in different parts of the world who share a name and an ideology is sound. If some wandering anthropologist found a group of natives in the Borneo jungles who worshipped Hirohito as a living god and didn't recognize his empire's surrender, I don't think the US could attack Indonesia based on the Dec. 8, 1941 declaration against Japan.

Also, I don't recall a declaration that could be contorted to justify the covert attacks against the Syrian state at all.   

Volkodav's picture

long before that real conception and birth was Afghanistan..about which you heard every lie

fact there was moderates overthrown by worst criminals for outside interferences


Soviet built infrastructure and girls attended school

Search old photos of Kabul for ladies in dresses


Alice in the Rabbit Hole's picture

I don't know why people don't understand that giving a President more power now, means future Presidents will ALSO have that power.... Fricken idiots...

buzzsaw99's picture

congress has ceded all their power to the president. the executive is just one iota from being a dictator.

konadog's picture

Definitely. Congress views its role as nothing more than grabbing as much Federal pork as possible for their campaign contributors. The voters need to demand that Congress start doing its job. Every damn new regulation should require a bill and a vote and no more wars without a Congressional declaration.

DeathMerchant's picture

Well, that would eliminate the gridlock in DC. If it's going to happen, I'd rather see it under Trump than Obama assuming he follows through on his campaign statements.

everlearner's picture

Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Mexico (haha), Russia, China...

That's it? Come on! We don't have enough wars! Bring some more wars!

Actually, why don't we just blow-up the whole fucking planet, except for the bunkers in DC.

Will they finally be happy?


DeathMerchant's picture

The goal is a broad cross section of refugees and it has nothing to do with war in any other sense. Refugee status mainlines them right to public assistance as well as stifling any objection on the grounds of "human rights and compassion" How else could Barry get these fuckers here so quickly before he leaves office??

Yog Soggoth's picture

Yes, the newest known wave is Somalia, which I pointed out last night, is funded by whoever owns Hormel. The Somalians have been working for lower wages and freezing there collectives off for the hope at akbar? The former employees of all these huge northern ghost towns are on welfare and drugs. Elon ain't movin to Detroit! Chicago had it's first major relocation in the 50's from Mehico. Meat packing/processing was the start.

TeraByte's picture

Just blow the bunkers says a feasibility study.

dark fiber's picture

He barely has two months left and he start another one?  WTF this guy.

buzzsaw99's picture

two in one day if you count erdo.

roadhazard's picture

The US military has been building in Africa since BushCo. Africa is the next Mid East.

Hey Trump, get the fuck out of Africa.

centerline's picture

All we had to do is go long and leveraged on defense contractor stocks the moment Obummer got that Nobel.  Hindsight is a bitch, ain't it?  Damn...


sinbad2's picture

And who created the nightmare that is Somalia, that's right, the biggest badest angel of death ever, Uncle Sam, three cheers for the worlds greatest killing machine, USA USA USA

DeathMerchant's picture

Refugee generation to feed the multiculturalism globalist machine. Normal immigration time for Somalis - usually never because of terrorists. War time refugee status immigration time - 30 days.

RagaMuffin's picture

Whenever you have to shore up a legal basis for anything, it was NEVER THERE...

Wahooo's picture

Please list our three objectives that require us to wage war in Somalia.

DeathMerchant's picture

1. Immigrants to the US

1. Refugees who qualify for all bennies

3. New domocratic voters