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  • Congress in No Rush to Return for ISIS War Authorization

    09/25/2014 4:15:11 PM PDT · by mojito · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 9/23/2014 | Matt Fuller
    The United States has begun a bombing campaign in Syria, but don’t bet on Congress returning to Washington to vote on a new war authorization anytime soon. Shortly after airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria started, some lawmakers started pushing again for an authorization vote. But so far, leaders aren’t gearing up to bring their members back to town. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., tweeted Monday night it was “irresponsible and immoral” that congressional leaders had chosen to recess for nearly two months instead of debating and voting on war. And the ranking Democrat on the Budget Committee, Chris Van...
  • Obama to lawmakers: I don't need your approval to attack Islamic State

    09/10/2014 8:54:30 AM PDT · by mojito · 31 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/9/2014 | Brian Hughes
    President Obama told congressional leaders in a meeting Tuesday that he has the authority to launch broader attacks against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, downplaying the prospect of a Capitol Hill vote on his military plan ahead of his prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night. Obama “told the leaders that he has the authority he needs to take action against [the Islamic State] in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address tomorrow,” the White House said in a readout of the meeting that included Obama, Vice President Joe Biden; House Speaker John Boehner,...
  • Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and...

    06/16/2014 3:56:21 PM PDT · by kristinn · 15 replies
    The White House ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | President Barack Hussein Obama II
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 16, 2014 Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate June 16, 2014 Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) Starting on June 15, 2014, up to approximately 275 U.S. Armed Forces personnel are deploying to Iraq to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. This force is deploying for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for combat. This force will...
  • McCain, Kaine unveil measure to change war powers

    01/19/2014 4:37:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 16, 2014 3:56 PM EST | Donna Cassata
    Two members of the Senate are pressing for significant changes to how presidents consult with Congress on sending the military into war. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., unveiled legislation on Thursday that would repeal the 1973 War Powers Resolution, often ignored by presidents of both parties, and replace it with a new law that requires greater consultation and a congressional vote within 30 days on any significant armed conflict. …
  • War, war, what is it good for -- can America bomb and kill for bragging rights?

    09/05/2013 9:18:16 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/05/2013 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    President Obama’s request for express congressional authorization for a limited aerial invasion of Syria raises profound legal and constitutional questions. For starters, there is simply no legal basis in international law to support an American invasion of Syria. Yet, notwithstanding that, federal law permits the president to commit U.S. military forces anywhere he wants for up to 90 days, without express authorization from Congress. So, why did Obama ask for the authorization he surely knows he already has? Since March 2011, Syria has been in the throes of a civil war. Those seeking to oust the government of President Bashar...
  • US builds case for Syria strikes

    08/26/2013 5:06:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | August 26, 2013
    The United States Monday built a humanitarian and legal case for military action against Syria, rooted in the proposition that an "undeniable" chemical attack had shattered international codes of war. Obama has spent months trying to avoid being sucked into a war which has killed at least 100,000 people, after extracting US troops from Iraq, and as he brings them home from Afghanistan. His defenders point out he is hardly a reluctant commander-in-chief: He leads a ruthless drone war worldwide and risked his presidency to kill Osama bin Laden. But his instincts are to avoid new foreign quagmires and he...
  • Obama doesn't need Congress to intervene in Syria

    08/26/2013 5:01:56 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 95 replies
    AFP ^ | August 26, 2013
    US President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress -- a process which has begun, according to both sides. "The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead," Kerry said Monday in a strongly-worded statement on Syria.
  • What Rand Paul Misses: Congress, not the Constitution, should curtail the president’s war powers.

    03/09/2013 5:03:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/09/2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    It was Wednesday, shortly before Senator Rand Paul’s bravura 13-hour filibuster, the Jimmy Stewart star turn in Paul’s crusade to have the Constitution ban a bogeyman of his own making: the killing of American citizens on American soil by America’s armed forces — a scandal that clearly cries out for action, having occurred exactly zero times in the 20 years since jihadists commenced hostilities by bombing the World Trade Center. At a hearing of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Ted Cruz was grilling Attorney General Eric Holder. Cruz seemed beside himself — in the theatrical spirit of the day — over...
  • Obama Demands More War-making Powers from Congress

    04/04/2012 8:21:06 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies
    New American ^ | April 4, 2012 | Alex Newman
    The Obama administration wants Congress to grant it even broader authority and more funding to send U.S. troops on missions around the world dealing with everything from terror and narcotics to supporting national governments facing opposition and law enforcement operations, senior Defense Department officials told a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee. And lawmakers seemed happy to comply. According to the administration, the line between terrorism and crime is becoming increasingly blurry. And so, the Pentagon officials claimed, legislation is needed to further blur the line between national defense and law enforcement. More power should also be granted to allow U.S. troops...
  • Obama impeachment bill now in Congress

    03/11/2012 1:40:07 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 65 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | March 10, 2012 | Drew Zahn
    Let the president be duly warned. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., R-N.C., has introduced a resolution declaring that should the president use offensive military force without authorization of an act of Congress, “it is the sense of Congress” that such an act would be “an impeachable high crime and misdemeanor.” Specifically, Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution reserves for Congress alone the power to declare war, a restriction that has been sorely tested in recent years, including Obama’s authorization of military force in Libya. In an exclusive WND column, former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo claims that Jones introduced his...
  • Russia: Geneva Convention flouted in Gaddafi death

    10/21/2011 7:31:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies
    reuters.com ^ | October 21, 2011
    (Reuters) - Russia believes that Muammar Gaddafi should have been treated as a prisoner of war according to the Geneva Conventions and should not have been killed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, calling for an investigation into his death. "We have to lean on facts and international laws. They say that in a course of armed conflicts international humanitarian rules written in Geneva conventions are enforced," Lavrov said in a radio interview. Gaddafi died in unclear but bloody circumstances shortly after the fugitive former strongman was captured by transitional government forces on Thursday, two months after he was...
  • Obama: Gaddafi death is warning to iron-fist rulers

    10/20/2011 4:55:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 10/20/11 | Matt Spetalnick and Laura MacInnis - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi's death on Thursday as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule "inevitably comes to an end," and as vindication for his cautious strategy toward Libya. Obama joined U.S. politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi, who was for decades regarded as a nemesis of American presidents, and also claimed some of the credit for the Libyan strongman's downfall. ... "This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own...
  • White House lawyers who drafted secret Awlaki kill memo were critics of Bush’s war powers

    10/11/2011 4:03:58 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Oct 11 2011 | Allahpundit
    Not the first time that the left’s anti-war legal heroes have morphed from civil libertarians when Bush was in office to war-power expansionists once they went to work for The One. Remember when Harold Koh convinced Obama that he didn’t need to bother with congressional authorization after all if he wanted to wage war in Libya? Good times. The latest converts to the church of It’s Okay When We Do It: OLC lawyers David Barron and Martin Lederman, who, it turns out, co-authored the legal memo last summer arguing that the killing of Awlaki was legal, notwithstanding the fact that...
  • Qaddafi's Downfall, Obama's Victory

    08/23/2011 2:37:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | AUG 22 2011
    For Barack Obama, "leading from behind" has never looked so ... decisive. With Libyan rebels celebrating in downtown Tripoli, and Muammar el-Qaddafi apparently in hiding, the president's supporters are claiming vindication for a much-criticized approach to regime change in the Arab world. Obama's strategy amounted to staying resolutely behind the scenes throughout the five-month NATO air operation. To wit: Don't say the United States is openly engaged in ousting Qaddafi. Don't even concede the United States is going to war. Take cover behind a political imprimatur for action from the Arab League and United Nations, and let Europe lead the...
  • McCain: Qaddafi's WMDs must be secured

    08/23/2011 5:59:18 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2011-08-23 | David Morgan
    Sen. John McCain said that as Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi faces an "inevitable" end, the U.S. should concern itself with helping contain weapons from Qaddafi's arsenal. "We've got to secure these weapons depots," the Arizona Republican said on CBS' "The Early Show" Tuesday. "that have huge, huge numbers of weapons, and apparently mustard gas and other weapons of mass destruction."
  • DOCUMENT: Libya's Draft Constitutional Charter

    08/22/2011 8:04:16 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 22, 2011
    Part 1, Article 1: “Islam is the Religion of the State, and the principal source of legislation is Islamic Jurisprudence (Sharia).”
  • U.S. has nearly doubled air attacks on Libya in past 12 days

    08/22/2011 5:56:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | August 22, 2011
    The Pentagon says attacks by armed Predator unmanned planes have risen to 1.4 a day. Washington (CNN) -- As the rebels in Libya push closer to ending the regime of embattled Col. Moammar Gadhafi, U.S. warplanes have been increasing their attacks on government positions as part of the NATO campaign. New numbers released by the Pentagon on Monday show that the number of U.S. air attacks on Libyan air defenses, ground forces and other targets has nearly doubled over the past 12 days, compared with air attacks in the first 132 days of the NATO mission. There was an average...
  • US Military Intervention in Libya Cost At Least $896 Million

    08/22/2011 4:41:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 22, 2011 | Luis Martinez
    The cost of U.S. military intervention in Libya has cost American taxpayers an estimated $896 million through July 31, the Pentagon said today. The price tag includes the amounts for daily military operations, munitions used in the operation and humanitarian assistance for the Libyan people. The U.S. has also promised $25 million in non-lethal aid to the Libyan Transitional National Council, half of which the Defense Department has already on MRE’s (military lingo for Meals, Ready to Eat). The military delivered 120,000 Halal MRE’s to Benghazi in May and a second shipment that included medical supplies, boots, tents, uniforms, and...
  • Former Obama Adviser Says President 'Vindicated' on Libya Strategy

    08/22/2011 1:02:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 22, 2011 | Peter Nicholas
    Moammar Kadafi’s fall from power would be a vindication of the Obama administration’s strategy in Libya after the president endured months of criticism for “leading from behind” and letting European allies take a more upfront role in fighting Kadafi’s forces, a former adviser to Obama said. “The administration is entirely vindicated,’’ said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution who has advised three presidents on the Middle East and south Asia. “They said from the beginning that the primary actor here needed to be the Libyans and they weren’t going to put boots on the ground.’’ After briefly...
  • Obama: Libya slipping from grasp of tyrant

    08/21/2011 8:11:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 21, 2011
    VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) -- Following a day of dramatic developments in Libya, President Barack Obama said Sunday night that the situation there had reached a "tipping point" and that control of the capital was "slipping from the grasp of a tyrant." He called on Moammar Gadhafi to accept reality and relinquish power.
  • Rebels say they are gaining ground in Libya; government disputes claim

    08/13/2011 11:16:20 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | August 13, 2011
    A Libyan mourner fires shots in the air at a cemetery on August 12 during the funeral of five rebels killed in the battle for the control of the oil-rich town of Brega. Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- Rebels said Saturday that they were gaining traction in a series of offensives in several parts of Libya controlled by ruler Moammar Gadhafi -- claims that the Libyan government swiftly disputed. Heavy gunfire was heard in al-Zawiya, located about 33 miles west of Tripoli, where rebels had arrived. Rebels entered the city center and managed to cut off the road to Tripoli, they...
  • U.S. warns Libyan rebels to get their act together

    08/01/2011 8:30:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | August 1, 2011 | Elise Labott and Jill Dougherty
    Libyan rebels carry the coffin of assassinated Army Chief Abdel Fatah Younis on July 29 in Benghazi, Libya. Even as it prepares to hand over the Libyan embassy in Washington to the rebel government, the State Department is warning the Transitional National Council to get its act together. An administration official told CNN the United States has warned the TNC that this is a "do-or-die moment" for the organization to carry out a credible and thorough investigation of the killing of its military commander, Abdel Fatah Younis. Last week's mysterious assassination has raised concerns that it might have been carried...
  • Britain To Expel Gaddafi's Embassy Staff

    07/27/2011 3:03:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News ^ | 7/27/11
    The UK is to expel all employees of the Libyan Embassy, Sky sources have said, in a move likely to increase Muammar Gaddafi's isolation. There are eight staff members who work at the embassy in Knightsbridge, west London, Sky understands. Foreign editor Tim Marshall said the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) would replace the Gaddafi workers. "This is the official British confirmation and when all the existing Gaddafi staff are out, the NTC representatives in London will come in, and they will be officially recognised as representing the state of Libya," he said. More to follow...
  • France, Britain seek exit from Libya

    07/26/2011 7:49:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 146 replies
    AFP ^ | 27 July 2011
    <p>With their Libya bombing campaign dragging on unresolved, France and Britain have been forced to accept ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi may stay there if he quits power, despite calls for international justice.</p> <p>Britain denied the joint position was a climb-down after it had repeatedly called for him to quit the country, while France last week was the first to openly suggest he could stay under a negotiated settlement.</p>
  • France suggests plan for Gaddafi to stay in Libya

    07/20/2011 8:48:29 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 11 replies
    Gaddafi insists he will neither step down nor flee the country he has led for four decades. With the Nato-led air campaign against Gaddafi's forces entering its fifth month and the fighting in a stalemate, the international community is seeking exit strategies. French President Nicolas Sarkozy met in Paris on Wednesday with three rebel leaders from the western port city of Misurata who are seeking aid and arms to move toward Tripoli. Sarkozy announced no specific measures in response. Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said France wants to keep "a very close link" with the rebels "to see how we can...
  • Libyan Opposition Leaders Ask Sarkozy for Help

    07/20/2011 8:57:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JULY 21, 2011 | DAVID GAUTHIER-VILLARS
    Libyan rebel leaders met with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy here on Wednesday and asked him to support their plans to mount a military offensive on Tripoli aimed at toppling Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The delegation of rebel chiefs, which included senior officers from the port city of Misrata and a member of Libya's National Transitional Council, the main opposition group to Col. Gadhafi, said they needed more weapons and logistical assistance to oust the North African autocrat. "With a little help from some friends, we will be in Tripoli very soon, within days," NTC member Souleiman Fortia told reporters after the...
  • Libya: world leaders kick start peace negotiations as US recognises rebels

    07/16/2011 3:16:19 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | July15,2011 | Richard Spencer
    World leaders on Friday told a UN special envoy to negotiate a peace deal with Col Gaddafi that could see Libyan leader stay in the country after stepping down. Abdul Elah al-Khatib, the special envoy, was asked by the Turkish foreign minister, host of a one-day summit attended by Nato and other leaders, to present a peace deal in the next two weeks. It would have to be negotiated first not only with Col Gaddafi but with the rebel leadership in Benghazi. Nato also increased the military and diplomatic pressure on the Gaddafi regime in careful mix of carrot and...
  • Four senators welcome administration’s recognition of Libyan rebels

    07/15/2011 3:29:01 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | July 15, 2011 | Felicia Sonmez
    Four of the Senate’s top voices on foreign policy voiced their support Friday for the Obama administration’s move to formally recognize rebel leaders as the legitimate governing authority of Libya. “We welcome the Administration’s decision to recognize the Transitional National Council (TNC) as the legitimate governing authority of Libya,” said Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) in a statement.
  • U.S. recognizes Libya rebels as legitimate government

    07/15/2011 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Cementjungle · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/15/2011 | Tulay Karadeniz
    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Rebel leaders won recognition as the legitimate government of Libya from the United States and other world powers on Friday in a major boost to the rebels' faltering campaign to oust Muammar Gaddafi. Recognition of the rebels, announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a meeting in Turkey of the international contact group on Libya, is an important diplomatic step which could unlock billions of dollars in frozen Libyan funds.
  • Rebels Briefly Lose Control of Western Libyan Town

    07/13/2011 7:58:55 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 13, 2011 | C. J. CHIVERS
    Outside Qawalish, Libyan rebels took cover on Wednesday during a rocket attack by loyalists of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. QAWALISH, Libya — Military forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi counterattacked and briefly recaptured this front-line town from opposition forces on Wednesday, but they were beaten back by a large rebel force late in the day. Though the battle was fluid and its outcome perhaps not final, by evening the fighting appeared to be confined to exchanges of rocket and mortar fire from a mile away or more and some skirmishing beyond the town’s eastern edge. Armed rebels roamed the abandoned town...
  • Senior Rebel Is Doubtful Qaddafi Can Be Routed

    07/08/2011 7:08:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 17 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, July 7, 2011 | KAREEM FAHIM
    <p>Colonels and commanders who defected from Libya's military attended a ceremony in June to proclaim support for the revolution.</p> <p>RUJBAN, Libya — For months now, military leaders in the rebel capital, Benghazi, have boldly predicted lightning advances by their fighters and an imminent rout of the forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in Tripoli that would finally snuff out his brutal four-decade rule.</p>
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s hostility to the truth--White House needs to own up to its war in Libya

    07/05/2011 5:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 5, 2011 | Editorial
    President Obama dismissed criticism of his Libya policy last week, saying, “A lot of this fuss is politics.” Regardless of action on Senate Joint Resolution 20, the McCain-Kerry plan to authorize the limited use of force in Libya, the more important issue is Mr. Obama’s unwillingness to own up to his decisions in his role as commander in chief. Mr. Obama took the country to war in Libya, and he should admit it. The fuss goes beyond politics, beyond whether Mr. Obama’s policies are in the U.S. national interest and even beyond whether American military action has been effective. The...
  • Obama Says He Doesn’t Have to Answer Whether War Powers Resolution Is Constitutional

    Washington (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama told reporters he does not have to answer the question of whether the War Powers Resolution is constitutional.
  • Nato reviews Libya campaign after France admits arming rebels

    06/29/2011 9:56:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 29 June 2011 | Nick Hopkins
    New Libyan rebel recruits train near Benghazi. France today admitted arming rebels in partsof the country, in apparent defiance of the UN mandate Nato is reviewing the conduct of its military campaign in Libya after France admitted arming rebel fighters in apparent defiance of the UN mandate. The revelation surprised officials in Nato's headquarters in Brussels and raised awkward questions about whether the French had broken international law – UN resolution 1973 specifically allows Nato nations to protect civilians in Libya, but appears to stop short of permitting the provision of weapons. Nato has consistently said it would not arm...
  • Lacking aim, support and cash, Nato still bombs Libya

    06/29/2011 9:54:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday 27 June 2011 | Andrew Murray
    <p>Mourners carry coffins during funeral for nine clerics allegedly killed in a Nato airstrike in Tripoli on 14 May.</p> <p>Over 100 days of war and counting. The news from David Cameron's high-altitude attempt to pick winners in Libya's civil war is gloomy for those who believed, back on day one, that a quick win in the north African desert was going to rehabilitate the damaged doctrine of "liberal interventionism".</p>
  • Stress Begins to Weigh on Qaddafi Loyalists

    06/26/2011 7:43:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 3 replies
    CBS News ^ | World Watch June 8, 2011 | John Bentley
    <p>A smoke plume rises into the sky over Tripoli, Libya, June 7, 2011 following a NATO airstrike.</p> <p>TRIPOLI - The strain of having to run a regime besieged by almost hourly airstrikes and a local rebellion is taking not only a physical toll on senior officials here, but a psychological one as well.</p>
  • List of House Republicans Who Voted to Continue Funding Non-War in Libya

    06/24/2011 6:13:33 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 32 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/24/11 | Aurelius
    Today there were two important votes in the House of Representatives regarding Libya. In the first, a super-majority in the House rejected a measure to continue the US role in Libya. Yet when it came to crunch time, a bill to defund President Obama's military action in Libya failed. The vote was specifically to "limit the use of funds appropriated to the Department of Defense for United States Armed Forces in support of North Atlantic Treaty Organization Operation Unified Protector with respect to Libya, unless otherwise specifically authorized by law." 89 Republicans voted no (along with 149 Democrats). They voted...
  • Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ): Bill Limiting Military Action in Libya is Unconstitutional

    Garrett: Bill Limiting Military Action in Libya is Unconstitutional WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011 - Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chairman of the Constitution Caucus, today voted against H.R. 2278, which would limit the use of funds appropriated to the Department to Defense for the United States armed forces in support of NATO’s military efforts in Libya. “While I in no way support President Obama’s unauthorized, unconstitutional war in Libya, I could not vote for Rep. Rooney’s bill limiting the use of funds,” said Garrett after the vote. “As Chairman of the Constitution Caucus, I have serious questions related to the constitutionality...
  • U.S. Says Gadhafi Might Flee Tripoli

    06/23/2011 8:36:53 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 23, 2011 | ADAM ENTOUS AND JULIAN E. BARNES
    WASHINGTON—New U.S. intelligence shows Col. Moammar Gadhafi is "seriously considering" fleeing Tripoli for a more secure location outside the capital, according to U.S. officials, raising the prospect that the Libyan leader's hold on power is increasingly fragile.
  • "Our troops are exhausted!" Rep. West on Cavuto

    06/22/2011 11:14:53 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | June 23, 2011 | swampsniper
    LTC West on Libya and Obama's folly.
  • On Libya, President Obama evaded rules on legal disputes, scholars say

    06/21/2011 4:30:44 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 6/21/2011 | Michael Isikoff
    The White House bypassed the administration’s own written guidelines for resolving major legal disputes when it overruled the Justice Department’s advice that the president seek congressional approval for U.S. military operations in Libya, according to some legal scholars. The disclosure over the weekend that President Barack Obama rejected the advice of senior Justice Department legal advisers — including Attorney General Eric Holder — has drawn sharp congressional criticism in recent days, ranging from House Speaker John Boehner to liberal Democrats such as Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York. It is also provoking debate among legal scholars, some of whom told...
  • The Hubris of Barack W. Obama

    06/20/2011 2:37:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Monday, June 20th, 2011 | Conor Friedersdorf
    He rose to the presidency insisting that process matters. On Libya, he's shown contempt for it. Barack Obama appealed to some voters in 2008 because he seemed to understand that process matters. His predecessor, George W. Bush, felt tremendous pressure to prevent another terrorist attack. Anyone in his position would've been tempted to go Jack Bauer, breaking normal protocol and even laws in service of keeping us safer. Upon reflection, however, America learned that those protocols and laws were there for a reason. That in their absence the hubris of leaders is unleashed. That innocent people get tortured, average Americans...
  • Obama chooses own legal advice

    06/20/2011 11:33:46 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 8 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 06/19/11 | POLITICO STAFF
    President Obama overruled top Defense and Justice Dept. lawyers in his interpretation of legal authority to continue the U.S.’s role in the war in Libya, the New York Times reported late Friday citing sources familiar with the deliberations. Obama chose to adopt the advice of senior members of his own legal team over top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Dept., arguing that U.S. involvement in the NATO operation fell short of “hostilities,” which would have resulted in Obama having to seek congressional approval to continue American participation in the conflict.
  • President Obama Rejected DOJ and DOD Advice, and Sided with Harold Koh, on War Powers Resolution

    06/18/2011 6:10:48 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Lawfare ^ | June 17, 2011 | Jack Goldsmith
    Charlie Savage has the amazing story that 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.” The Acting head of the Office of Legal Counsel, Caroline Krass, and the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, Jeh Johnson, advised the President that military activities in Libya constituted “hostilities” under the War Powers Resolution and thus Section 5(b) of the WPR required him to terminate or scale back the mission after May...
  • Dennis Kucinich Gets Nasty With CNN's Brooke Baldwin

    06/15/2011 2:01:20 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies
    U.S. Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich showed his nasty and perhaps sexist side in his treatment of CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin just moments ago on CNN Live. While fielding questions about his lawsuit against the Obama Administration for the U.S. military involvement in Libya, Brooke asked him an essentially rhetorical question of why he calls it a "war" when, at present, the U.S. doesn't have a large set of ground soldiers there. "That's a silly question," Kucinich angrily responded, and which completely lost any chance of this blogger's positive mention of Kucinich in this matter. "If it looks like a war,...
  • NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces

    06/18/2011 1:52:52 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | June 18, 2011 | CNN Wire Staff
    In its statement, NATO said that "a column of military vehicles, including tanks," were spotted Thursday around al-Brega where Gadhafi forces "had recently been operating." During what it called "a particularly complex and fluid battle scenario," leaders in the military alliance ordered a strike after determining these vehicles posed "a threat to civilians."
  • 2 Top Lawyers Lost to Obama in Libya War Policy Debate

    06/17/2011 6:54:40 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 168 replies
    NY Times ^ | 17 June 2011 | Charlie Savage
    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 Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have...
  • Obama: Limited Strikes For 90 Days Under WPA. Carney: These Limited Strikes Nullify WPA 90 Day Rule

    06/17/2011 9:04:13 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    6/17/2011
    On March 21, 2011, Obama cited the WPR which requires him to notify Congresa 48 hours before beginning military operations. That same day Obama said that the military strikes against Libya would be "limited in their nature, duration and scope." During the past almost 90 days, Obama has given updates on these "limited" strikes. Now that 90 days draws near, Carney says that since the strikes have been "limited" that basically the 90 day rule doesn't apply. He apparently wants to use a WPA provision which allows for the president to deploy U.S. forces and engage in military strikes for...
  • Vanity- Does Obama's War Powers Act position deny combat Pay,etc to our Military in the fight?

    06/16/2011 12:17:19 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Free republic Member ^ | 6-16-11 | NLZ
    Does Obama's War Powers Act position deny combat Pay,etc to our Military in the fight?
  • White House defends the legality of Libya mission

    06/16/2011 12:12:52 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 16 replies
    AP ^ | June 16, 2011 | N/A
    SNIP Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has introduced a resolution similar to the House measure, said he was amazed that the administration did not believe U.S. forces were facing "hostilities" in Libya, saying generals have told lawmakers otherwise in classified briefings. "The way the administration handled this entire affair left people on both sides of the aisle very perplexed," said Corker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Adding to the congressional pressure on Obama, a bipartisan group of 10 lawmakers on Wednesday sued the president for taking military action against Libya without war authorization from Congress. The lawmakers...