Libya and Obama's contempt for the rule of law 

President Obama's refusal to submit to the rule of law continues to impress me. He is now clearly violating the War Powers Act, despite having invoked it as a justification for his unauthorized intervention in Libya.

From ABC News:

In an effort to satisfy those arguing he needs to seek congressional authorization to continue US military activity in accordance with the War Powers Resolution, President Obama wrote a letter to congressional leaders this afternoon suggesting that the role is now so “limited” he does not need to seek congressional approval....“The US role is one of support,” [an Obama administration] official said, “and the kinetic pieces of that are intermittent.”

Oh, really?

From the beginning of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress. The military intervention started on March 19; Congress was notified on March 21. Those 60 days expire today.

In other words, Obama wants to have it both ways. The War Powers Act justifies his unilateral decision to start bombing -- er, sorry, "kinetic action" -- but he doesn't have to obey that law's requirements. This isn't just inconsistency. Our president thinks he's above the law.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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