Obama Should Answer Tonight For Taking America To War In Libya Without Congress
“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,” said President Obama back in 2007.
Then, in 2012, President Obama announced that he was taking America to war in Libya over something that was not any sort of an imminent threat to the United States, and he did so without Congress. “Today, I authorized the armed forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya,” said the President.
This is something the President ought to answer for in tonight’s debate. Whatever we want to say about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, President George W. Bush took us into those wars with the assent of Congress. In 2011, and in 2003, the Congress passed authorizations for use of military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama’s Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, voted for both of them as did his Vice President Joe Biden (though Biden has been claiming lately that he didn’t).
Obama received no such authorization for the war in Libya (and I call any “military action” where we’re killing people a “war”), and he should explain why he was against that sort of thing in 2007 but for it in 2012.Tags: afghanistan, Barack Obama, debate, hillary clinton, iraq, joe biden, libya