Lawmakers File Lawsuit Against Obama Over Libya

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Last winter I said this spring would be a problematic time for President Obama and I was correct.

POLITICO reports:

A bipartisan group of House members announced on Wednesday it is filing a lawsuit charging President Obama made an illegal end-run around Congress when he approved U.S military action against Libya.

Congress, you will recall, was out of session at the time and remarkably, Obama was out of the country, wandering aimlessly across Latin America.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), leading the 10-member anti-war coalition with Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) said, “With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated. We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies.”

Kucinich reports on his webpage:

The lawsuit calls for injunctive and declaratory relief to protect the plaintiffs and the country from the (1) policy that a president may unilaterally go to war in Libya and other countries without a declaration of war from Congress, as required by Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 of the United States Constitution;  (2) the policy that a president may commit the United States to a war under the authority of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in violation of the express conditions of the North Atlantic Treaty ratified by Congress; (3) the policy that a president may commit the United States to a war under the authority of the United Nations without authorization from Congress; (4) from the use of previously appropriated funds by Congress for an unconstitutional and unauthorized war in Libya or other countries; and (5) from the violation of the War Powers Resolution as a result of the Obama Administration’s established policy that the President does not require congressional authorization for the use of military force in wars like the one in Libya.

The lawsuit was signed by: Representatives Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Walter Jones (R-NC), Howard Coble (R-NC), John Duncan (R-TN), Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD), John Conyers (D-MI) Ron Paul (R-TX), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Tim Johnson (R-IL) and Dan Burton (R-IN).

Back on May 21, President Obama basically told Congress, ‘I don’t need your stinkin’ approval for Libya,’ citing the limited U.S.’s role in Libya. However, recent reports show the U.S. is providing upwards of 80% of the military strike force and the so-called mission is expected to cost $1 billion dollars by September.

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17 Responses to Lawmakers File Lawsuit Against Obama Over Libya

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    Thank goodness for this small group of stoic, honorable members of congress who have the guts to stand up to this hooligan of a president. Obama is psychopathic liar and I think he poses a far greater threat to America than any real or imagined Islamic terrorist.

  2. Debbie Banuelos says:

    You got to hand it to that veggie eating, little toad, Dennis Kucinich.

    He is a man of his word and he won’t back down. Too bad the rest of the hapless Democrats aren’t as strong and fearless as Kucinich. The Dems need a few more like him to keep O-Bummer in-line.

  3. Peace Nick says:

    Where are the liberal Democrats?

    They rode Bush like a $20 whore for his warmongering but when Obama does the very same, the silence from liberals is deafening. No wonder independents and conservatives accuse liberals of being hypocrites.

    Obama should be impeached over Libya.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    This is an impeachable offense. Peace Nick asks, “Where are the Democrats?” I ask, where are Republicans? Order the damned Articles of Impeachment and be done with it.

  5. Insouciant says:

    The White House told Congress that President Obama has the legal authority to continue American participation in the NATO-led air war in Libya, even though lawmakers have not authorized it. They also said the War Powers Act doesn’t apply to them. Seriously? This is what the Obama administration has become?

    Impeach the Kenyan.

  6. fran says:

    This from the Nobel Peace prize winner!
    Obama is out of line on this…. not to mention the fact our country can ill afford yet another war.
    But Peace Nick is right…. Obama needs to be held to task & are the other Dems to pansy ass/sold out to even are if we illegally slip into yet another war??

    What we are sold this more war package, we are told the workers will just have to wait more years to retire, and cut back on the Medicare & Social Security $$$ we’ve paid for out of each & every paycheck we’ve ever earned.

    Applause for Kucinich.

  7. Marcus Ybanez says:

    I’m not so generous of praise for Dennis Kucinich.

    Let’s see if the president buys him off with another ride on Barry’s Clown Plane, AKA, Air Force One. It worked before, let’s see if it works a second time. That’s the problem with these politicos: they all have a price.

  8. Jolly Roger says:

    That is an interesting collection of people to band together. And it will be interesting to see how their argument that they aren’t violating the War Powers Act holds up. The President make a technical argument right out of the Chimperial playbook, but if the SCROTUS were to uphold it, then they’d have to find a way to reverse themselves for the next Rushpubliscum warmonger.

  9. Tim says:

    Push comes to shove, Obama will seize as much power as he can. If you think it’s bad now just wait.

  10. The Real Adam says:

    The Republicans have all they need to hold impeachment hearings and move to take Obama down but, they won’t. Not with a General Election looming.

    The RNC is playing it by the book. It’s like the old saying, why kill someone who is committing suicide? Obama is sealing his own fate and that fate doesn’t include reelection in 2012.

  11. Herminio Sanchez says:

    Can you imagine the laughter in cafes in the Arab world now anytime Obama says “America, ah, isn’t at war with, ah, Islam.” As we bomb and drone strike Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Pakistan and Yemen.

  12. DMason says:

    Welcome to George W. Bush’s third term. Enjoying it?

  13. Randy Arroyo says:

    As I watch the nightly news reports about the carnage underway in Syria, I fink It curious Obama is obsessed with Libya but oblivious to Syria? I guess you choose your battles and since Syria doesn’t have oil — unlike Libya, the thinking is why bother?

  14. Jolly Roger says:

    Not only that, Randy, but Syria has a credible deterrent. Just like Pakistan and Iran do. We only go after the “easy” ones, as all bullies do.

  15. Nigel Karsten says:

    Your beloved president won’t have the support of the UK much longer. Or for that matter, any EU NATO nation. I know Robert Gates made a fool of himself recently with allegations the rest of NATO isn’t carrying our load but, we have extremely serious economic problems in Greece, Spain, and Italy. Following Mr. Obama down the rabbit hole so he can market himself as an effective war president prior to the American election, isn’t any concern to the 500 million people who call the European Union home. From what I read in the Financial Times, America can’t afford Obama’s image makeover either.

  16. ajihani says:

    Obama is a lying scumbag. He’s parsing the constitution for his own political gain and as an American who still believes the constitution is relevant, I think Obama should be brought up on impeachment hearings over taking this nation to war in Libya without the approval of the US Congress.

    Where is the GOP House leadership? Get off your ass, John Boehner and do your job.

  17. “Your beloved president won’t have the support of the UK much longer.

    Nigel,

    I know you’re being snarky because surely you know Obama isn’t my beloved president. In fact, I think the size of the pool of O-Bots is shrinking by the day.

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