Friday, June 3, 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday rebuked President Obama for failing “to provide Congress with a compelling rationale” for the military campaign in Libya, but stopped short of demanding he withdraw U.S. forces from America’s newest war.
By a vote of 257 to 156, the House approved a resolution that criticized Obama for not seeking congressional authorization for the 76-day-old campaign against Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.
Obama’s Libya folly now exceeds the 60-day ‘War Powers Act‘ by sixteen days.
The resolution gives Obama 14 more days to convince Congress the attacks against Gaddafi are justified by U.S. interests.
Legislators from both parties said they might try more stringent measures if Obama fails to make his case in the next two weeks. Their options include cutting funding for the operation, or voting formally to “disapprove” of the war.
Obama’s Libya war has failed to dislodge Gaddafi. But it has done something rare on Capitol Hill: angering Congress so much that they considered sticking their nose in the middle of an ongoing military campaign.
On March 18th, the UN Security Council approved a “no-fly zone” for Libya. President Obama then, without first consulting Congress, ordered amphibious ships to the Mediterranean, including the USS Bataan Amphibious Group. His actions were a clear violation of Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which reads: (the) Powers of Congress shall pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense.