As of this past Saturday, Pres. Obama’s “limited kinetic action” in Libya is, by any definition, completely illegal. The 60-day period that is granted a president to involve U.S. troops without a declaration of war expired last Friday. This is true, despite the fact that the Obama administration cited the WPA when it announced U.S. involvement in Libya. Pres. Obama’s response? Mind your own business, citizen.
Can you imagine . . . .CAN YOU IMAGINE the loudness of the wrath of the Washington establishment that would be visited on George W. Bush if he nonchalantly ignored the law of the land, particularly the Democrats’ sacred War Powers Resolution.
Under the law, which is meant to give at least the illusion of Constitutionality to the now routine failure of presidents to get a declaration of war, Obama was supposed to get a Congressional vote of approval for the attack on Libya by Friday. Instead, he sent a letter to Congress suggesting our involvement was so limited in scope he need not bother, though it might be nice if Congress weighed in.
Keith Koffler also notes RealClearPolitics’ unearthing of some damning quotes.
In late September 1983, one month before the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Reagan administration continued to insist that the War Powers Act did not apply to the U.S. military presence in Lebanon.
”The administration wants our stamp of approval,” said a young Sen. Joseph Biden, ”but it is unwilling to commit itself to our laws.”
About a quarter-century later, Sen. Barack Obama told The Boston Globe, “The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
And he gets a pass on this. Where are the Republican leaders willing to stand up and denounce this complete ignorance of U.S. law?