Posted by: arnegrim | May 20, 2011

US Libya action becoming illegal?

The legal license President Obama used to justify U.S. military intervention in Libya expires today, and there’s little sign the White House is working quickly to get it renewed.

Exactly two months ago, Obama notified Congress of his unilateral decision to engage in “limited military action” to help defend the Libyan people from attacks by their leader, Moammar Gadhafi.

But under federal law — the War Powers Resolution of 1973 — Obama is only allowed to keep U.S. forces engaged in hostilities for 60 days, unless Congress declares war, authorizes funding for the effort or extends the deadline…

…”No more ignoring the law when it’s inconvenient. That is not who we are,” Obama said, referring to his predecessor President George W. Bush. “We will again set an example for the world that the law is not subject to the whims of stubborn rulers.””

http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=13642002

“Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) told Fox News that the House was working on a resolution for Monday that “would either get Congress to sign off on intervention in Libya or cut off the operation.””

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/05/20/136505202/congress-presses-obama-on-libya-as-60-day-war-powers-deadline-arrives?ft=1&f=1001

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