Today marks the 60th day of Obama’s ‘humanitarian efforts‘ in Libya.
All together now,… ‘1, 2, 3, 4, we don’t want your stinking illegal kinetic military action!’
(NRO) Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway, professors of law and political science at Yale, took to the pages of the Washington Post to point out that for a president who was elected by angry lefties chanting about an illegal war, it’s pretty ironic that we’re now fighting what is, pretty much, an illegal war:
(Washington Post) “This week, the War Powers Act confronts its moment of truth. Friday will mark the 60th day since President Obama told Congress of his Libyan campaign. According to the act, that declaration started a 60-day clock: If Obama fails to obtain congressional support for his decision within this time limit, he has only one option — end American involvement within the following 30 days. Obama has not only failed but he hasn’t even tried — leaving it to Sen. Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, to call for a “specific resolution that would give [the president] authority.” Neither the president nor the Democratic congressional leadership has shown any interest. They have been sleep-walking their way to Day 60.
Since the House of Representatives is out of session this week, Congress can’t approve the operation before the Friday deadline. But under the expedited procedures specified by the act, speedy congressional approval is feasible next week. If nothing happens, history will say that the War Powers Act was condemned to a quiet death by a president who had solemnly pledged, on the campaign trail, to put an end to indiscriminate warmaking.”
This from Betsy Newmark:
(Betsy’s Page) ‘The Obama administration is trying to pretend that the law shouldn’t come into effect because NATO is in charge of the operation. But that is just bogus since it is our forces that are leading the effort.’
‘There are quite a few constitutional scholars who suspect that the law is not constitutional. Would some congressman, such as Dennis Kucinich, who opposes the action in Libya actually challenge President Obama in court using the War Powers Act? It would be a good thing to get an answer to whether or not the law was a constitutional limitation on the president’s warmaking powers.’
UPDATE (05.20.11): White House on War Powers Deadline: ‘Limited’ US Role in Libya Means No Need to Get Congressional Authorization
(ABC) In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval.
From the beginning of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress.
Kinetic video wall installed at the White House: HERE
US could stay in Iraq for years – broken Obama promise #498,952 and counting: HERE
Obama Theater — Now Playing: My Dumb War With Libya: HERE
The War Movement: Bush war = BAD, Obama war = GOOD: HERE
Obama’s illegal war: HERE
Obama says, ‘There is going to be a tug-of-war within the US between those who see globalization as a threat, and those who accept it’: HERE
Joe Biden, ‘Impeach the president!’: HERE
Libya solution: HERE
h/t: Jim Geraghty