Faced with Monday night’s House vote to withhold funding and demands from both parties to provide a justification for the conflict, the Obama Administration today claimed that the War Powers Act doesn’t not apply to the Libya War.
The administration’s argument is that the Libyan War is not technically a war from America’s perspective, since they are only playing a “support” role for NATO’s attacks. Despite this claim, the US has continued to fire missiles of its own at Libya and has troops deployed in the conflict.
The later of which is the actual test under the War Powers Act‘s language, as it requires the administration to seek Congressional authorization for any use of forces beyond a 60 day grace period. Such authorization has not been granted, and it is now nearly 90 days since the attacks began.
Incredibly, the Obama Administration itself was using the War Powers Act as justification early on for its lack of Congressional authorization, insisting it had a full 60 days to do so. With those 60 days long gone, suddenly they have decided it no longer applies. This might explain the linguistic gymnastics of a number of officials, who have referred to the war as a “kinetic action.” Yet the War Powers Act, passed during the Vietnam War era, was careful to not include this out, making it clear all uses of troops required such authorization.
It may get a court test as well, as a number of Congressmen from both parties filed a lawsuit today demanding that the courts order President Obama not to flaunt the law and launch open-ended wars without Congressional approval.
18 thoughts on “Obama Claims War Powers Act Doesn’t Apply in Libya”
Is it time to Tahrir the white house yet?
Yes. Except the MSM will not gin up support for that, since the young people will only protest warmongering if it is a Republican in office
Nixon, LBJ, Bush, Obama. I am the "Do-Whatever-I-Please" President. OBAMA-welfare-and-warfare in 2012!!!
It is not a question of who is the president but rather a question of the way the questions is questioned.., do you remember Bill Clinton questioning "what is sex" and wanting for the law to define the act in sex.., this man have the same problem even spelling the word war, bombing a country, paying for these bombs, transportation of bombs, crews working on the ship and loading these bomb and etc.
Look we have said it from the beginning, those who were foold by Barack Hussein Obama peace doctrine are those whom were foold by Bill Clinton under table sex scandal.., simply these people are not democrat., they even would question the wording, its history, the principals and above all the existence of such word…, but when is their time to lie and lie again they would do so as many time as they wish.., they look at things and act upon it when they been told by their "friends" and those who have contributed to their election protecting them.., in Obama case is Saudis, Arab Emirates tyrants, England Monarchism, France flamboyant president and Italian head of Mafiosi.
C'mon Jason don't be so naive.
There is only one approval that matters to politicians and its not congress. Starts with A finishes with C and has a P in the middle.
I can't think of any reason why Israel would be in favor of Qaddafi's removal.
The constitutional law professor is a slick one indeed. The war power applies unless it doesn't, of course.
The War Powers Resolution requires requires the President to consult with Congress before introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities whenever it is possible to do so. American forces certainly weren't in a support role at the beginning of the intervention, and the President simply didn't consult with congress before engaging the U.S. military in hostilities. He consulted the Congressional leadership, but that doesn't satisfy the requirements of the statute. The 60 day provision of the War Powers Resolution is a red herring. As it turns out, however, there are no sanctions listed in the legislation for violating the Resolution. Maybe now the Resolution will be given some teeth.
"War Powers Act doesn’t not apply to the Libya War"
I suppose this should just read "doesn't apply"
Or "doesn't apply to me."
By Obama logic, Pearl Harbor was not an act of war.
Behold the men of Lawlessness! President Barrack Obama is a traitor to the American people and the US Constition and as the constitution gives me the right I will defend against eneimies foreign and domestic, However the weapons of my warfare are not carnal but Spiritual and if i have faith mountians will throw themselfs into the sea! not mention 2/3 of alien forces which follow my commands!
Commader and Chief of the heavenly host
Alezander the Great of Serbija!
From "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carrol:
"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less."
"The question is, " said Alice, "whether you can make words mean so many different things."
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty. "which is to be master—that's all."
We all have to remember that "War is Peace". Maybe our latest "Humpty Dumpty" president might have a great fall.
And we wonder why other nations are hostile to the US- we kill and we don't even know why, and then we argue about why we're killing them.
I am glad I ended my military career when I did; I would hate to be the first or the last US serviceman to be killed over an argument in Washington.
Jason, you're reporting very pertinent information here and I don't object to your habit of adding your own spin, but please fix the errors in this article after getting it proofread better. Phrases such as "doesn't not apply" and "…careful not to include this out…" do not help us much in our organizing efforts. Thank you.
Theres a new bill pessed by the house that may become law one day overiding previous laws.I read somthing small on it think its called WW3 powers act or somthing like that .Anyway it gives the president the power to fight any were on the globe without congresional approval.As long as you are a susspected terrorist or accosiate of one.It also includes American citizens from what I read simalar to the lone wolf law in the paitriot bill.America is a communist country there was also and old piece off writing about what makes a country a democracy and Lybia beat America in everyone.Sorry I don't have more detail or names read it real fast on the way out the door but You will if you havent yet here about this bill the house past.And if you look you can find that article on what makes a democracy and when tou find it will agree.
Meant to say passed and you sorry for the mistakes I try.
"But your honor, I cannot be guilty of bank robbery because all I did was drive the getaway car!"
John Yoo must be smiling.
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