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GOP: Mr. President, Would You Kindly Follow The Law?

May 19, 2011 by  

GOP: Mr. President, Would You Kindly Follow The Law?

Six Republican senators wrote a letter to President Barack Obama on Wednesday, asking whether the President plans to act in compliance with the War Powers Act, with regard to the Unites States’ military campaign in Libya. The resolution requires the President to receive approval from Congress for military action lasting longer than 60 days.

“Friday is the final day of the statutory 60-day period for you to terminate the use of the United States Armed Forces in Libya under the War Powers Resolution. Last week, some in your Administration indicated use of the United States Armed Forces will continue indefinitely, while others said you would act in a manner consistent with the War Powers Resolution,” the letter read, according to a political blog on CNN.com http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/18/republican-senators-press-president-on-war-powers-deadline/.

“Therefore, we are writing to ask whether you intend to comply with the requirements of the War Powers Resolution. We await your response.”

Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) signed the letter.

The Senators also said they believe the President is technically already in violation of the part of the War Powers Act “which says the President’s Constitutional powers allow him to only deploy troops into ‘hostilities’ with a declaration of war, specific authorization from Congress or a national emergency caused by an attack on the U.S.,” according to CNN.

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  • Dan az

    He don’t need know stink laws.I would like to see his response to their letter,if that’s possible.
    To coin a phrase N—Rigging as presidential solution, better put.He will just provide another presidential order to work around it.

  • Doc Sarvis

    Does the War Powers Act apply if our troops are operating under U.N. or NATO command?

    • Dan az

      Doc I know your only here trolling so I’ll be nice and provide the research for you,Read what ever you want into to it but the law is the law know matter how you try to twist it.which I’m sure you will.
      http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/warpower.asp

    • Vigilant

      Doc,

      http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/times_up_obama_ignores_war_powers_act_for_libya_20110521/?ln :

      “Though several lawmakers expressed concern about the blown deadline, there does not appear to be enough concern to threaten the president’s ability to wage war. Legal scholars like Bruce Ackerman and Glenn Greenwald, however, say the Libyan action has been unconstitutional from the beginning because the resolution applies only to “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” It’s hard to argue that Libya meets that definition, even if humanitarian concerns ultimately trump any demand that Obama obey the law.”

      Those scholars are referring to the part of the Resolution that says, “The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only 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.”

      Two things are important here:

      (1) The War Powers Resolution is precisely that: a resolution. It has no binding legal power.

      (2) Every president, including Nixon who vetoed it, has determined that the Resolution itself is unconstitutional.

      (3) Every president since the resolution passed has used military force outside of the meaning laid out in the resolution.

      • Vigilant

        Make that three things, not two.

  • s c

    Thanks to pubic or ‘public’ education, we have hordes of people who don’t feel obligated to think much – let alone have something between their ears other than a vacuum.
    Screw NATO and SCREW the U N. The Anointed One is so typical of wannabe ‘elites’ who think laws are for “others.” Can there be anyone left who doesn’t see that this EX-lawyer and wannabe dictator will say and do anything if he has a chance to get away with it? That isn’t leadership, folks. That’s an anti-American situation that is also anti-common sense [progressivism on steroids].
    Herr Obummer, it seems, got through Haaavid without having to read or understand the English language. If he was able to fall back on playing a sport at a professional level or landing a real job, perhaps he might deserve some consideration. So far, Herr Obummer is basically a no-talent utopian who can’t get through a 24 hour period without consulting a pollster (much like someone who relies on astrology).
    I’d suggest that Herr Obummer might ask the AG, but that yahoo is yet another no-talent yahoo who has trouble understanding the difference between the LAWS of the land and things that are convenient. Holder helped make the Clintonista administration the abomination that it was, and he’s doing the same for Herr Obummer’s administration. Both of them need to be outsourced.

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Carol G.

      s c, There is really nothing that I can add to your comment. You said it perfectly; 100%.

  • Pete

    This is all following up to possible impeachment and removal of the POTUS ?

    I wonder if they are taking bets in Vegas – what are the odds that Congress will stand up to President Obama ? What’s everyone’ view on this ? Will Congress wimp out ? Or will they enforce the LAW !!!

    I like capitalizing “LAW” !! We got to take the law seriously !!! Just like Sylvester Stallone did in that movie he starred in … “JUDGE DREDD” !

    Here’s the way Congress should be with the President’s administration !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itmNiTwHOsM

    • Vigilant

      Sorry, guys, Obama needs to be impeached, but not for what other presidents have done in spades and gotten away with. Reagan, Bush I, Clinton and Bush II all took military actions that were clearly not within the boundaries of “(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.”

      The War Powers Resolution (non-binding) has no teeth, never has.

      • Pete

        In other words, Vigilant, Congress is a bunch of wimps – especially the Republicans !!!

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