Posted under Interventionism
Obama’s unconstitutional initiation of hostilities against Libya has prompted a lot of debate on the right about the limits of the President’s war making abilities, a debate, not to their credit, that very few on the right were willing to have when the President was a Republican. (Tom Woods and Jack Hunter excepted of course.)
Last week Tom Woods posted this: “The Phony Arguments for Presidential War Powers.”
Talk Radio interventionist blowhard, Mark Levin, later chimed in on war powers. I don’t think he was responding at this point to Tom Woods specifically, but he did have Ron Paul in mind, who he disrespectfully calles “RuPaul.”
Tom Woods responded with “Mark Levin Wrong on War Powers.”
Mark Levin then responded to Woods’ article with this: “Professor Thomas Woods Cutting and Pasting History for a Dogma”
Tom Woods replied to Levin with this at Lew Rockwell: “My Challenge to Mark Levin”
This is the most devestating part of Woods’ reply:
Let’s get to the primary sources. Mark Levin, here is my challenge to you. I want you to find me one Federalist, during the entire period in which the Constitution was pending, who argued that the president could launch non-defensive wars without consulting Congress. To make it easy on you, you may cite any Federalist speaking in any of the ratification conventions in any of the states, or in a public lecture, or in a newspaper article – whatever. One Federalist who took your position. I want his name and the exact quotation.
Here is Levine’s attempted reply. He now says he is moving on. (I would want to move on too if I just had my butt handed to me the way Levine has.)
And here is Woods’ reply to that.
And last but not least, here is Jack Hunter on Levin’s crazed war powers doctrine.
Update: This story is developing quicker than I can post.
Erick Erickson at Red State links to Levin.
Update II: Levin has deleted all the contrary and pro-Woods comments from his Facebook post. He should apply for a job moderating at Free Republic or Red State.
Also see this on Levin’s censorship.