Skip to comments.2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate
Posted on 06/17/2011 6:54:40 PM PDT by Hoodat
WASHINGTON President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations.
Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Departments Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States militarys activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to hostilities. Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May 20.
But Mr. Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several other senior members of his legal team including the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh who argued that the United States militarys activities fell short of hostilities. Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.
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Arrogance beyond belief.
Wow. This is much more intentional than I realized. Personally, I think the situation has little to do with Libya, but is really intended to show that Obama don’t need no stinkin’ law or Constitution.
Impeach him now!
I hope this bites him in the backside.
Marxist dictators don't respect the Constitution.
Libya is just a stinking sideshow. Have you been watching Iran’s moves while America is pre-occupied focusing on Obies side show?
Our community organizer has much more on his personal agenda than he lets on.
AND it ain’t good for America.
SOMEBODY PLEASE PUT THE CONSTITUTION ON HIS TELEPROMPTER.
How could it be “hostilities” when it isn’t a war, it’s a “kinetic military action”. It’s not bombs they are dropping, they are “regime change encouragement devices”.
It would cause him to go blind.
It is to entrench a radical jihadist faction in yet another oil producing nation.
So the Pentagon and DOJ think O has crossed the line toward dictatorship perhaps? The evil Bush didn’t do this but Hope and Change did? I guess this is an argument for asking for the content of hope and change? Of course this is the most transparent administration in history so why worry?
assuming this is accurate, this is simply an exercise in flexing his muscle as a dictator-in-chief. Remarkable. I bet he has the same attitude toward election laws.
HAHAHAHAHA....HOHOHOHOHO....HAHAHAHA....stop it....HAHAHAH...HOHOHO...your killing me.
Do you honestly believe that those 9 black robed jackwagons are going to intervene?
Snicker - my dog is a better Constitutional lawyer than BO
“He rejected ... he decided.” Like a f’ing dictator.
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