Article I, Section 8, Clause 11: Congress shall have Power… To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; [War Powers Clause]
Some Representatives in Congress are seriously questioning the constitutionality Obama’s actions regarding Libya. I must doff my hat particularly to the Democrats who are standing up to their party leader and standing on principle. One House Democrat noted:
Almost everybody who spoke was opposed to any unilateral actions or decisions being made by the president, and most of us expressed our constitutional concerns. There should be a resolution and there should be a debate so members of Congress can decide whether or not we enter in whatever this action is being called.
Another Democrat notes:
Whose side are we on? This appears to be more of a civil war than some kind of a revolution. Who are protecting? Are we with the people that are supposedly opposed to [Qadhafi]? You think they have a lot of people with him? If he is deposed, who will we be dealing with? There are a lot of questions here from members.
Some go even further and consider talk of impeachment. One such Congressman is Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who also spearheaded liberal efforts to impeach both former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for their actions…which were pretty much the same exact thing.
Unfortunately for Kucinich, his calls for impeachment articles fell flat on their face as there were no seconds to the motion. Meanwhile, 321 other representatives opposed the motion, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) offered a similar motion in the Senate. It also received no support.
Seeing as there is no foreseeable endgame to this civil war and the decision to act unilaterally against the Libyan regime was made completely extraconstitutionally, then it appears that the liberal Democrats and Rep. Kucinich are on the right side of the fence here. As per the War Powers Resolution of 1973, Obama has 60 days from beginning involvement (fewer as of now) to ask for Congressional approval for his actions.
Disregarding the complete and utter cognitive dissonance involved behind the idea of “humanitarily” bombing a country, the involvement in Libya is the kind of stuff that world wars are made of. U.S. involvement in taking down the, albeit tyrannical, Qadhafi regime ought to be ended as soon as possible.Published in