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Friday, July 1, 2011

Video: Obama Says Objections to Libyan War is just a 'Fuss'

At what has become another in a short line of infamous Obama news conferences, the War Powers Act relative to our engagement in Libya came up. In essence, Obama thumbed his nose at those who have concerns about violation of that law by saying the uproar or 'fuss' is just politics. The problem here is that the law says military action cannot go beyond 60 days without the approval of Congress. We've already blown past the 90 day mark with no signs of letting up. The argument from the White House has been that Congress has been briefed.

Uh, that doesn't mean the law is being followed. Via CNS News:
President Barack Obama told reporters he does not have to answer the question of whether the War Powers Resolution is constitutional.

“There may be a time in which there was a serious question as to whether the War Powers Resolution was constitutional. I don’t have to get to the question,” Obama said during a White House news conference Wednesday.

“We have engaged in a limited operation to help a lot of people against one of the worst tyrants in the world, somebody who nobody should want to defend. And we should be sending out a unified message to this guy that he should step down and give his people a fair chance to live their lives,” Obama added.

Members of Congress from both parties have criticized Obama for involving the United States military in the Libyan civil war without congressional authorization. The matter was authorized by a United Nation’s resolution, which does not call for regime change. However, Obama and other NATO allies have said Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi should not remain in power.
Obama's argument in defense of his position that he is not violating the War Powers Act is not based on his actually not violating it. Rather, it's based on his contention that the Act was passed because of Vietnam and, well, this is Libya.
“When you look at the history of the War Powers Resolution, it came out after the Vietnam War, in which we had had a million soldiers there, tens of thousands of lives lost, hundreds of millions of dollars spent, and Congress said, you know what, we don’t want something like that happening again,” Obama said. “I think that some consultation is entirely appropriate. But, do I think that our actions are in anyway violate the War Powers Resolution, the answer is no.”
Again, we must ask why this administration is going to the mat over Libya. The removal of Gadhafi will necessarily require boots on the ground in order to prevent something worse from filling the vacuum. That something worse is the Muslim Brotherhood, which is on the same side as Obama is in Libya.

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