Senate Libya Resolution Pressures Obama

June 8th, 2011 at 10:03 pm | 1 Comment |

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The Huffington Post reports:

A resolution before the Senate pressures President Barack Obama to seek congressional consent for continued U.S. military involvement in Libya and requires the administration to provide a detailed justification for the decision to go to war.

Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., introduced the resolution on Wednesday, expressing the same frustration with the commander in chief as House members who last Friday voted to rebuke Obama for failing to get authorization from Congress when he ordered air strikes beginning March 19 against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

The Constitution says Congress has the power to declare war, and the 1973 War Powers Resolution requires the president to obtain congressional authorization within 60 days of the start of military operations, a deadline that passed last month.

“The issue for us … is whether a president, any president, can unilaterally begin and continue a military campaign for reasons that he alone has defined as meeting the demanding standards of a vital national security interest worthy of risking American lives and expending billions of dollars of our taxpayers’ money,” Webb said in a Senate speech. “What was the standard in this case?”

Corker said it has been more than 80 days since the first U.S. military action “but neither the Congress nor the American people have any clearer view of the administration’s stated mission or end game for our military involvement in Libya.”

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  • valkayec

    So, what is it they want? Withdrawal? Congress did not have to enact the War Powers act; they did so because they were unwilling to do their duty in making a decision. Now they complain but without putting forth an idea or plan or decision.

    Regardless of my personal views of lending support to NATO’s bombing in Libya, I find Congress’ actions over the last several decades, going all the way back to Reagan, completely incomprehensible and irresponsible.