Skip to comments.Is Obama in Violation of the War Powers Resolution? (Where's Congress?)
Posted on 05/26/2011 8:14:20 AM PDT by Libloather
Is Obama in Violation of the War Powers Resolution?
Obama "Will Not Relent" on Libya, Where's Congress?
Thursday, May 26, 2011 :: Staff infoZine
Washington, D.C. - infoZine - Fox News is reporting: "President Obama warned Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi that the NATO military campaign against his regime 'will not relent,' as both he and British Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed their commitment to the mission and called on Qaddafi to leave power."
"But isn't this just a technicality? Why is it important? The issue is critical for the American republic because when the United States was founded, the framers of the Constitution thought that one of the biggest threats to citizens' liberty was incurring the cost -- in blood and treasure -- of profligate wars, which were started by kings and leaders for their own aggrandizement. Thus, as a safeguard against this travesty happening in the United States, the founders put most of the constitutional war powers, including the power to declare war, in the people's branch of government -- the Congress -- not the executive. Since the Korean War, however, the Imperial Presidency has usurped the war power from Congress. Obama's blatant disregard of the War Powers Resolution is the latest in that process. Congress must reassert its constitutional power by enforcing the War Powers Resolution and demanding a withdrawal of U.S. forces from Libya." www.independent.org link
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Taking their cut.
He did not do this, and there was no imminent threat.
SEC. 4. (a) In the absence of a declaration of war, in any case in which United States Armed Forces are introduced--
The situation did not meet any of the criteria for introducting troops into hostilities.
There's no question that he violated the Act. And since the Act has not yet been declared unconstitutional, both he and Congress are obliged to obey it. They have all failed in their duty.
First he appeals to the War Powers Act as justification for attacking Libya (even though it obviously does not authorize such action), and now he says it doesn't apply, so he doesn't need Congressional authority. Sorry. You can't have it both ways.
This President has recklessly involved America in a dangerous and ill-considered fight with the SAME kind of cowardly, confused, contradictory, vacillating and perfectly illicit abandon that we see him display in his equally untidy and irregular approach to solving domestic concerns.
When will this nightmare end?
John McCain: Libya vote unlikely (McCain attacks the Constitution, supports Obama’s Libya war)
Politico ^ | 2011-05-11 | Meredith Shiner
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday he does not believe Congress will act before the May 20 deadline to authorize military engagement in Libya and he does not recognize the constitutionality of the War Powers Act that sets the timeline, in any case.
No president has ever recognized the constitutionality of the War Powers Act and neither do I, McCain said. So I dont feel bound by any deadline.
He’s minimizing it as “no big deal”. A police action. Mere assistance.
C’mon, Congress, the goal is to overthrow the long-recognized government of a normal country. That’s war.
The best is John McCain’s response to all of this. To paraphrase it was, well I don’t think the War powers act is constitutional anyways. So in other words, since a sitting Senator doesn’t think it’s constitutional, that means he and the sitting President don’t have to obey it. Who is he??? That’s not for him to decide, that’s for the Supreme Court to decide. We have imperialists on both sides of the aisle...
Where are the Joint Chiefs at the Pentagon who swore to uphold the Constitution (like Lt Col Lakin did)??
So far, about the only people who have spoken up are McCain and his pals, as usual on the wrong side.
The House has a lesser role in war and other foreign policy decisions, although they could refuse to fund it. But Boner is too busy crying, I guess.
You’ll find Mitchie the Kid hiding under his desk as usual. Couldn’t BEAR the NY Times calling him a RAAAAACSIT for standing up to Hussein ,now could he!!!
Another perfect example on how the Republicans just don’t have a clue. Boehner should be leading the charge on this. At a time of economic chaos the president is throwing money away on an undeclared illegal war. I can guarantee if the roles were reversed the dems would be howling and screaming. This would be in every paper, on every website, on all the news channels, and on everyone’s lips. It gets so frustrating watching these clowns.
I mean, if the president wants to spend 100 of millions of dollars on a illegal war for European oil, that is his right to act.
Besides, it isn't really a "war" or anything. It is a kinetic military action to bomb and destroy towns and villages in order to save them.
Obama is now a kinetic military action president. Isn't it wonderful?