Sunday, March 20, 2011

Obama's Actions in Libya Break a Campaign Promise

It is not that Obama ever promised specifically not to bomb Libya, but he did promise this type of action would not be taken.

"Many readers have said that the War Powers Act does indeed give the president the legal right to initiate a war without Congressional vote. Maybe I wasn't clear enough. I do not doubt that, even though it seems to me that that Act makes a mockery of the separation of powers. But I don't want to get into that debate, since it has largely been settled. My point is that Obama made a specific distinction on this in the campaign. And I quote again:

"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."

My only point on this is that the decision to commit military forces in North Africa - made on a dime in one Tuesday meeting - is a direct breaking of that campaign promise.

There is no actual or imminent threat to America from Libya.

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