Back in March, President Obama said it would be a mistake to make regime change in Libya part of the mission. “Broadening our military mission to include regime change would be a mistake,” said the President.
Now, just months later in May, the President wants regime change in Libya.
President Obama has subtly shifted Washington’s public explanation of its goals in Libya, declaring now that he wants to assure the Libyan people are “finally free of 40 years of tyranny” at the hands of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, after first stating he wanted to protect civilians from massacres.
Keep in mind that the United Nations resolution the United States and other allies are operating under in Libya specifically prohibits regime change. Oh, and by the way, the President still hasn’t obtained authority from Congress for this war and we are well past the 60 day limit for wars waged without the consent of congress under the War Powers Resolution, if that law could even be said to apply to the situation in Libya in the first place.
Which it doesn’t.
So we have a President pursuing regime change in Libya, after telling the American people that regime change was a mistake, in a war that is not only illegal under American law but, if it does come to encompass regime change, is illegal under the resolution the Obama administration obtained from the United Nations.
But hey, what’s a little thing like the law for King Obama?