IRVINE, CA–By waiting for U.N. approval to attack terrorist regimes, President Bush is violating his sworn oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,” said David Holcberg, senior writer for the Ayn Rand Institute.

“The U.S. Constitution,” noted Holcberg, “was created to protect the individual and his rights from power-lusters at home and tyrants abroad. It does the latter by providing ‘for the common defense,’ which means: the executive branch of the government is charged with defending America from foreign threats. But by surrendering to the United Nations the responsibility to judge whether or not Iraq is a threat that warrants going to war–by placing our self-defense at the mercy of an international body full of appeasers and dictators–President Bush has undermined America’s security.

“He, like his father in the Gulf War, is helping to establish the most dangerous of precedents: he is substituting the U.N. Charter for the U.S. Constitution–as the supreme law of our nation.

“While the Iraqis play shell games with the U.N. weapons inspectors, the danger of evil regimes arming terrorists with nuclear, chemical and biological weapons increases. We should, therefore, demand that President Bush uphold his sworn oath to the U.S. Constitution. Our lives depend upon it.”

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