Skip to comments.Kucinich: President Needs Congressional Go-Ahead for Libya No-Fly Zone
Posted on 03/18/2011 9:20:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Rep. Dennis Kucinich is calling for the recessed Congress to come back into session after President Obama announced that the United States will support a United Nations-approved no-fly-zone over Libya.
Kucinich, an outspoken opponent to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a statement that the president does not have the Constitutional power to unilaterally declare war and called on House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to immediately call the Congress back into session "to decide whether or not to authorize the United States' participation in a military strike."
"While the action is billed as protecting the civilians of Libya, a no-fly-zone begins with an attack on the air defenses of Libya and Qaddafi forces. It is an act of war. The president made statements which attempt to minimize U.S. action, but U.S. planes may drop U.S. bombs and U.S. missiles may be involved in striking another sovereign nation. War from the air is still war," Kucinich, D-Ohio, wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders Friday afternoon. "Whether the U.S. takes military action is not for the UN alone to decide. There is a constitutional imperative in the United States with respect to deciding to commit our U.S. armed forces to war."
"Both houses of Congress must weigh in," he added. "This is not for the President alone, or for a few high ranking Members of Congress to decide."
But the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., told ABC News Friday afternoon that he did not believe Congressional authorization is necessary for U.S. involvement, and credited the president for opening up a White House national security briefing Friday to Congressional leaders from both parties.
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"This hearing insinuates that violence and the Muslim religion go hand in hand. Nothing could be further from the truth. Islam is a religion based upon peace, goodwill and the ethical treatment of all people on this planet."
I give him credit for standing up for what he believes in and not playing politics. (Notice that I carefully crafted my words in such a way as to not type Kucinich, a word I refuse to type or utter. .... darn it!).
No need: 1986: US launched air strikes on Libya-
Just an encore performance
[”Both houses of Congress must weigh in,” he added.]
The midget from Ohio weighs in at 105 pounds.
He’s right, again.
No point, there won’t be any military strikes regardless of what Congress does.
Kucinich, Ohio’s idiot child. The Biden of Ohio.
Proof positive that the Constitution need not require a genius to understand....
True enough, but Kooky Congressman K will be doing us a service if he rouses Obamalini’s moonbat base to turn on Obamalini.
60 days s\b enough time to settle down Libya
By the time congress & WH quit squabbling, it will be longer than 60 days anyway.
Support = US go do it. Gosh, what a prop.
Thanks for the post, R.
| Marxist Barry could care less about anything constitutional.
Obama only makes tough decisions on his NCAA picks.
Try this one out to see how low this country's president has acquiesced:
Zer0's NCAA picks audio mixed with world news reports--
Barry must be thrilled. Time for some hoops. Time for some ice cream. Time for a swim. Up yours America.
There's so much to hammer with this administration.
With record unemployment, an unfathomable budget deficit, and $4 gallon gas, Zer0's a sitting duck. Jimmy Carter all over again.
Time to step up Republicans!
I'll give him one thing, he has good taste in women.
Been along time since congress officially declared war. I’m curious if those that say there is no requirement for congressional approval also believe there is no requirement for placing US forces under UN direction?
Ifn Biden had Kucinich quality, 0’s 2nd term would be a Biden admin. Ill take all you markers at 50/1 on that.
Only thing is, she’s probably crazier than he is...
She comes from a socialist backgound in the UK, IIRC.
This politician is right. Ron Paul also noted how the President can not declare war. The Constitution states the only Congress has the power to declare war.
Give Obama something the Democrats never gave Bush, a full declaration of war!
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day...
Nobody pays any attention to the Constitution. The politicians stick their fingers in the wind and do what they think will gain them the most support.
Of course it is true that only Congress can declare war. But the present can order military action without the consent of Congress for a limited period of time as authorized by the War Powers act.
He can do anything he wants for 60 days and must return a report back to Congress on the status, goals and required monies to continue aggression.
Just don’t fund it.
I say leave Qaddahfi there for now. We have no idea what he is going to be with and we got plenty of other countries that are already in that situation.
Wasn't that like retaliation?
Another useful idiot providing cover from the left.
§ 1541. Purpose and policy
(a) Congressional declaration
It is the purpose of this chapter to fulfill the intent of the framers of the Constitution of the United States and insure that the collective judgment of both the Congress and the President will apply to the introduction of United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, and to the continued use of such forces in hostilities or in such situations.
(b) Congressional legislative power under necessary and proper clause
Under article I, section 8, of the Constitution, it is specifically provided that the Congress shall have the power to make all laws necessary and proper for carrying into execution, not only its own powers but also all other powers vested by the Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any department or officer hereof.
(c) Presidential executive power as Commander-in-Chief; limitation
The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to
(1) a declaration of war,
(2) specific statutory authorization, or
(3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
It looks like the War Powers Resolution of 1973 doesn’t apply in this case.
I'm declaring a no-fly zone. I don't want no stinking flies!
[FYI - Korea was called a UN Police Action and not a war.]
Though no official declaration of war, congress authorized Afghanistan, both Iraq wars and the Vietnam War. There were plenty of congressional votes, and money authorizations, for all those wars. And then there is the War Powers Resolution.
Obama has his 60 + 30 days.
I think we’re wrong to get involved in Libya but Obama is certainly within the scope of past presidential precedents (forgetting for the moment that he’s not legally the president).
And I agree with you, tired of see amercans get killed. We have a full plate and mountains of debt..
And,,,,, she has a tongue stud! Excellent taste in women!
Was he on the Triv Show yesterday? I thought he was gonna be, but I got busy and forgot to listen.
Here is the illustrious Senator Graham: “They have my authorization. You can’t have 535 commander in chiefs,” Graham said. “I would like to have a vote in the floor when we get back saying they did the right thing. But that shouldn’t restrict the president from taking timely action.”
http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/17/inside_classified_hill_briefing_administration_spells_out_war_plan_for_libya Kucinich is right... Congress should be deciding this, not Obama.
Yeppers.The Obama dont have to follow any US law. He is the “Chosen” and therefore exempt from all man made laws.
“I agree with him. If American blood and treasure is to be spent, let congress, assembled, declare it war. It’s only Constitutional.”
I’m with you Johnny.
Isn’t it more like his women have good taste for money and fame? He is just the ends to a means.
The construction of a Presidency whose occupant can act in the name of the People, or on behalf of the People (as if he embodied their sovereignty) has been a disaster.
Of course military action in Libya (or Serbia, or Iraq, or Vietnam) requires action by Congress.
I live in his District. And while there are many things I disagree with him about...you always know where he stands on stuff. As kooky as he can be at times...he leaves you no doubts on most matters. I’ve written to him on numerous occasions and always get a response. Which more than can be said for GOPers. And I always work against him getting elected, but in some ways he does have my respect.
In this matter, even a stopped clock can be right twice a day. I happen to agree with him. I think if 0bama moves and orders action in Libya...0bama isn’t going to know how to extricate our troops later. Especially when the time comes for Congress to get involved under the WPA. 0bama is roping us into something that is Libya’s own civil war.
Is it any of our business the Gaddafi doesn’t concern himself with collateral damage? Most islamic countries don’t worry about collateral damage unless it is committed by an infidel. Are these rebels fighting for liberty or for an islamic caliphate?
Care and due diligence is needed...and 0bama should not be allowed to make this decision in the vacuum of the White House right now. If Kucinich can slow 0bama down on this it is a good thing.
Yes, But what does that say for the woman’s taste in men.
Not many women want to make love to a dwarf.
It was advertised as such, but I will not waste valuable time listening to nut-job Dennis Kucinich(D).
Besides (IMO) he is looking for free campaign advertising time...
Why, Dennis? You guys don't usually have a problem with him doing whatever he wants to do.