Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Sued for Violating War Powers Act

Today, a lawsuit was filed by a bi-partisan group of Congressmen (including Indiana's own Dan Burton) challenging President Barack Obama's war in Libya, which Obama has avoided getting any type of Congressional approval for. The congressmen are represented by Jonathan Turley, a constitutional scholar who often appears on MSNBC as a legal analyst and also blogs over at Turley wrote about the lawsuit earlier today, which you can read here.

From my admittedly poor understanding of the legal challenges, Obama has stated he doesn't need Congressional approval under the War Powers Act (which means Congress needs to approve the troop presence after 90 days or the troops must withdraw) because it is a NATO operation. In my non-legal mind, the last time I checked, the US basically is NATO as far as military presence.

I think it's absolutely disgusting that the Obama administration is circumventing the process for getting approval of continued military action. By bypassing Congress, they're essentially saying the representatives of the people aren't worth listening to. For anybody who considers themselves anti-war, they should keep Obama's pro-war ideology in mind when casting their ballot in 2012.

You can view the Obama administration's side of the argument here. Not surprising, one of the chief defenders of Obama's war in Libya was a harsh critic of President George W. Bush on similar policies.

And on another note, Shepard Smith wants to know what happened to all the anti-war liberals.

1 comment:

  1. The reason Presidents don't follow it is because of their position that the War Powers Act is unconstitutional. Since it was passed in 1973, every President, Republican and Democrat, has taken the position that the War Powers Act is unconstitutional because it interferes with the President's postiion as commander in chief. There has yet to be a single President who hasn't violated it. The Courts won't get involved because it's considered a "political question," a fight between the branches.

    Obama is in kind of a tricky question because as a former Senator, there are probably statements on the record saying Bush isn't complying with the WPA.


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