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Is President Obama about to break the law?

From the beginning of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress.

The military intervention started on March 19; Congress was notified on March 21.

Those 60 days expire tomorrow.

Last week, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that President Obama “has been mindful of the provisions of the War Powers Resolution and has acted in a manner consistent with them. He will continue to do so.”

Steinberg said the administration is “mindful of the passage of time including the end of the two-month period, we are in the process of reviewing our role, and the president will be making decisions going forward in terms of what he sees as appropriate for us to do."

What is President Obama -– a former lecturer in constitutional law -- going to do? White House officials refused to say.

And the chorus of criticism -– from the right and left -- is rising.

On Wednesday six Republican senators -- John Cornyn of Texas, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and Rand Paul of Kentucky – wrote to the president, saying the military intervention "was taken without regard to or compliance with the requirement of section 2(c) of the War Powers Resolution that the United States Armed Forces only be introduced into hostilities or situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances ‘pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.’

“As recently as last week your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely,” the GOP senators wrote. “Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response.”

Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., told CNN the operation was “bring(ing) democracy to Libya while shredding the Constitution of the United States….He cannot continue what he’s doing in Libya without congressional authorization. And when a president defiantly violates the law that really undercuts our effort to urge other countries to have the rule of law.”

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 12:52 PM on May. 20, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (24)
  • http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/05/is-president-obama-about-to-break-the-law.html
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 12:53 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • For what I have been seeing in the news he has been breaking many laws. He is a dangerous man.
    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 1:00 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • Yes. He's very good at it infact. His density sure is as clear as his inexperience and NAIVE approach to issues. I hate even looking at him anymore, i immediately wanna punch him in the mouth...
    DJsMommy610

    Answer by DJsMommy610 at 1:03 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • – collapse

    eye rolling

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 1:14 PM on May. 20, 2011 (hidden) + expand

  • That the best you can do sweetie poo?
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 1:18 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • Time for The Jackass to wear stripes.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 1:19 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • Well you can't expect him to read the whole thing! Just enough to give him justification.... silly!

    Charis76

    Answer by Charis76 at 1:25 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • Well I do know one thing, President Obama does NOT REPRESENT ME.
    tyme4me2day

    Answer by tyme4me2day at 1:26 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • I doubt it ~
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 1:34 PM on May. 20, 2011

  • – collapse

    eye rolling  AND......angry

    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 1:51 PM on May. 20, 2011 (hidden) + expand

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