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Obama Will Ignore ‘War Powers’ Deadline

From the approving warmongers of the New York Times:

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At Deadline, U.S. Seeks to Continue War in Libya

May 12, 2011

WASHINGTON — President Obama and his legal advisers are deliberating about how the United States military may lawfully continue participating in NATO’s bombing campaign in Libya after next week, when the air war will reach a legal deadline for terminating combat operations that have not been authorized by Congress.

Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973, a president must terminate such operations 60 days after he has formally notified lawmakers about the introduction of armed forces into actual or imminent hostilities. The Libya campaign will reach that mark on May 20.

Of course all of this deliberation is simply window dressing. When has Mr. Obama ever shown any concern about violating American law? How many court orders is he currently in defying?

Though Congressional leaders have shown little interest in enforcing the resolution, James Steinberg, the deputy secretary of state, was asked Thursday about the deadline at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.

He said the administration was examining the military’s “role and activities as we move through the next period of time” and would consult Congress about evaluating “what we think we can and can’t do.”

“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,” Mr. Steinberg said.

Where are the spittle-flecked demands from Nancy Pelosi and John Murtha Harry Reid for a timetable? Where is the outrage from the media at the lack of any clear deadline for our withdraw from Libya?

Whatever happened to Mr. Obama’s promise that US involvement would be ‘a matter of days, not weeks’?

The administration apparently has no intention of pulling out of the Libya campaign, and Mr. Steinberg said that Mr. Obama was committed “to act consistently with the War Powers Resolution.” So the Obama legal team is now trying to come up with a plausible theory for why continued participation by the United States does not violate the law

Of course it doesn’t have to be "plausible." After all, who is going to question it? The press? The courts? The anti-war left?

No, instead our media watchdogs at the New York Times go on to suggest ways to circumvent both the spirit and the letter of the War Powers law:

One concept being discussed is for the United States to halt the use of its Predator drones in attacking targets in Libya, and restrict them solely to a role gathering surveillance over targets…

By ending all strike missions for American forces, the argument then could be made that the United States was no longer directly engaged in hostilities in Libya, but only providing support to NATO allies.

Another idea is for the United States to order a complete — but temporary — halt to all of its efforts in the Libya mission. Some lawyers make the case that, after a complete pause, the United States could rejoin the mission with a new 60-day clock

What blatant sophistry. But we are sure to get something like this from the ‘most transparent administration in history.’


This article was posted by Steve on Friday, May 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Obama Will Ignore ‘War Powers’ Deadline”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Hell, the man doesn’t even have a valid birth certificate. Obviously the rules mean nothing to him. I doubt his college “degrees” were earned and looking at Michelle, I’m pretty sure … never mind.

    Anyway, from 40+ years of watching the political of America it sure is clear that Democrats are bloodthirsty savage war mongers starting conflicts all over the globe, Republicans get stuck in the next cycle trying to stop or undo the damage the Democrats start and Republicans take nothing but grief during whatever four or eight year period-cycle it takes and then the Democrats resume their cycles of military adventures and killing sprees (that’s killing our soldiers sailors and Marines, btw) and the Great Cycle of Bloodlust starts all over again.


    There is surely a special wing in Hell reserved for perfidy such as this.

    • Right of the People says:


      Great point; WWI Wilson (D)
      WWII Roosevelt (D)
      Korea Truman (D)
      Vietnam Kennedy (D)
      Bosnia Clinton (D)
      Iraq I&II Bush 41 & 43 (R)
      Libya Obama (D)
      Plus don’t forget all the other bush wars. Some of these wars were necessary but still the liberals have never been shy about sending our brave men and women into harms way without a second thought.

  2. tranquil.night says:

    Rules for Rubes and Republicans.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Time for Congress to pass something that will be ignored, so as to declare this a dictatorship.

  4. heykev says:

    At what point do we call for his impeachment? How many laws will he ignore before this happens?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      How many laws? What day is it?
      Anyway…….Jan. of 2013 seems to ring a bell for me!
      (and not a moment too soon)

  5. proreason says:

    The surprises keep coming.

    At some point, I’m going to have to conclude that Spike doesn’t really respect the law.

  6. canary says:

    I’ve heard of this take, but still do not believe Obama’s bombing Libya fell under what he could do under this timeline, before getting congressional approval. I think his actions must be investigated. This was not humanitarian aid, and still is not humanitarian aid. Blowing up civilians was not crucial for U.S. well being and does not follow under humanitarian aid.
    Do you realise how many in this country have no idea any of this is going on. Perhaps they just assume Obama is Jimmy Carter, and after all the stink he’s raised they are pacified. The world is to busy watching t.v. shows I’ve never watched like the view (except news clips of it on FOX. I’ve never even watched the apprentice, John and Kate. I did watch Britney Spears melt down, because I think she did more to harm
    young girls who grew idolizing her on Disney. But, her melt down was ages ago.

  7. Chase says:

    Heh, the top story on Google News yesterday when I refrehshed the browser was the American Idol results.

    Kind to have to wonder if our non-zealot RINOs in Congress and their staff spend all their time at parties, receptions and watching Hollywood and voyeur TV instead of countering, watching, and counter-plotting creeping and seditious liberal agendas….

  8. Tater Salad says:

    Barack Obama will be a one term President. People have caught on to his phony “I’m for you theme song” while taking vacations, making smartass comments about the border and not being transparent with the American people.

    1. The “gig is up” for Barack & Michelle Obama. Finally the people have had enough. They have been exposed and the voters can see through the inaccurate facade these two are portraying.

    2. How can you support Obama in good conscience? http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/does-it-boggle-your-mind-thinking-about-how-many-liberals-can-in-good-conscience-still-back-obama/question-1794163/

    3. Is Barack Obama a serial liar! The facts are in! Yes! He will tell us anything to keep his ratings up and to get re-elected. He is a pure narcissistic person with an arrogant inferiority complex.

    4. http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/if-you-believe-anything-that-obama-says-these-days-your-nuts-he-has-no-intention-of-working-on-the/question-1711917/

  9. Not so fast says:

    Barack Hussein Obama will ignore EVERY law except Sharia Law.

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