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.