Obama: Questions About War Powers Act ‘Defending’ Gadhafi

Insists Congress Should Unify in Support of War

Speaking today in a rambling press conference covering a myriad of topics, President Obama slammed the members of the House of Representatives for questioning the legality of the Libya War, saying Gadhafi was “somebody who nobody should want to defend.”

President Obama attacked Libya on March 19, using a UN Resolution authorizing a no-fly zone as a pretext. He has refused to seek Congressional authorization under the War Powers Act, saying the war is so one-sided that no troops are really in “harm’s way,” which he believes is the test.

This led Obama to condemn Congress for making defending Gadhafi a “cause celebre” and saying Congress “should be sending out a unified message to this guy.” At the same time, it is a unified message he insists he doesn’t need to continue attacking.

Congress seems very much to disagree, having refused to authorize the conflict in a vote last week and even refusing to authorize a “limited” conflict with exceptions in a second vote masquerading as an antiwar alternative. A full bill defunding the conflict is expected in early July.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.