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Charleston Chew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:48 PM
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Kucinich: Libya war unconstitutional
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Mar 21, 2011

Amid the ongoing coalitional bombardment of Libya it turns out President Obama may have had no constitutional authority for ordering US military involvement. US Rep. from Ohio Dennis Kucinixh says the use of US armed forces is unconstitutional, explaining Obama had no authority to commit US resources without congressional approval. The US now finds itself involved into another war in addition to Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan. 'Bombing villages in order to save villages' -- that didn't work in Vietnam, Kucinich explained. In fact, he argued this time around the Libyan intervention could end up strengthening Al-Qaeda and US enemies.
Congress angered by Obamas war in Libya
21 March, 2011

As the US President wages war in Libya, Congress feels left out and uninformed. Angry with Obama many are questioning the legality of the unilateral action by the Executive Branch of the US government.

Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner said, Before any further military commitments are made the Administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission.

While Boehner supported a no-fly zone over Libya, he expressed concern for the lack of communication between Obama and the legislature.

The focus is on Congressional consultation, explained a Boehner aide.

While Obama is not obligated legally to receive approval for military action by the Congress, most insisted it is in his best interest to consult with the elected lawmakers and his duty under the War Powers Act of 1973 which insists the President consult with Congress. However, presidential powers have greatly expanded over the years to become increasingly vague.

Obama is required however to go to the Congress if he intends to declare war. /

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Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:51 PM
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1. Kucinich would benefit from reading the War Power Resolution of 1973...
Obama's letter places him firmly within the law...

Kicinich's comment places him firmly with the misinformed.
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dennis4868 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 04:52 PM
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I just read that Boehner was phone conferenced into a meeting with Obama before military actions began and did not say one word during the entire meeting.....Congress was consulted!
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 05:17 PM
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3. So, calling Boehner satisfies the constitutional requirement of consulting Congress?
You are fine and dandy with that?
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Shiver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 05:19 PM
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4. Boner and other congressional leaders.
There have been posts mentioning this.
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