Senate Hawks Push Obama to Make Case for Libya War

Lieberman, Graham Say Lack of Explanation Keeping Congress From Approving Conflict

Two of the Senate’s most hawkish members, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R – SC) and Joe Lieberman (I – CT) today pushed for President Obama to make some sort of clear case for the Libya War, some 100+ days after it began.

President Obama has declined to make the case for the war, insisting he doesn’t need to explain the conflict because it doesn’t rise to the level of “hostilities.” This has led to Congressional opposition and a looming effort in the House to defund the war.

The Senators, however, who never saw a war they didn’t like, insist that it would be easy to get Congressional approval for the war, including according to Sen. Lieberman a resolution for regime change, if only the President would make some sort of case.

Indeed, given the ease with which Congress normally rubber stamps unwise wars, this might well have been the case in late March, but following the president’s repeated claims that he has no intention of seeking Congressional authorization, there has been ample time for Congress, at least the House of Representatives, to question the conflict, and they clearly don’t like what they see.

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