Whether you agree with it or not, the War Powers Act (enacted in 1974) is the law of the land and it has been clearly violated. I fail to understand why the President can not go to Congress and make the point that American involvement in Libya is necessary. At the very least it would create a healthy and open debate on the subject –something the American people should hear.
It is not my purpose here to judge our participation with NATO in going after Kadhaffi. That is a separate (and important) discussion. It is the blatant hypocrisy of the Administration in defying the law and the failure of both the left and the right to call the President out on it. It creates and perpetuates the impression that the “government” can ignore its own laws for its own convenience.
Both sides, liberal and conservative, should be calling for the President to comply with the law and the threat of an impeachment proceeding would be an effective tool in accomplishing that.
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