As we noted just last week, Bryan Fischer does not bother with things like having evidence or even knowing what he is talking about before going off on an rant on his radio program on some issue that he obviously does not understand.
Like Glenn Beck, Fischer too seized on a report that President Obama had waived prohibitions in the Arms Export Control Act so that the US can provide chemical weapons assistance to Syria and used it to raise the possibility of impeachment:
Don’t miss the significance of this, ladies and gentlemen. We have a president who is breaking the law. He has no authority to waive this law. He can’t do that. Congress is responsible to pass laws; his job is the execute them, not to write them, not to amend them, not to modify them, not to ignore them. His job is to implement them, execute them. That is why he heads up the Executive Branch.
Congress passes legislation and he’s the one that implements it, he’s the one that puts it into practice. He has no authority, no liberty, no moral right or constitutional right or legal right or ethical right to change the laws that are given to him by Congress … I mean, ladies and gentlemen, I don’t want you to miss the significance of this; we have a president that is breaking the law in order to aid and abet terrorists
The only problem is that Fischer’s entire case is built on nothing but his own ignorance because, as we pointed out before, the legislation explicitly gives the president the power to waive certain prohibitions:
The President may waive the prohibitions contained in this section with respect to a specific transaction if (1) the President determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States; and (2) not less than 15 days prior to the proposed transaction, the President
—(A) consults with the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and (B) submits to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate a report containing
—(i) the name of any country involved in the proposed transaction, the identity of any recipient of the items to be provided pursuant to the proposed transaction, and the anticipated use of those items; (ii) a description of the munitions items involved in the proposed transaction (including their market value) and the actual sale price at each step in the transaction (or if the items are transferred by other than sale, the manner in which they will be provided); (iii) the reasons why the proposed transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States and the justification for such proposed transaction; (iv) the date on which the proposed transaction is expected to occur; and (v) the name of every United States Government department, agency, or other entity involved in the proposed transaction, every foreign government involved in the proposed transaction, and every private party with significant participation in the proposed transaction.
Contrary to Fischer’s bold and repeated assertions that President Obama has “no authority to waive this law,” he most certainly does as the law itself gives him that authority.
It never fails to amaze us just how willing right-wing commentators like Fischer are to publicly rant and rave in this manner about topics that they literally do not understand.