[HCCN] fw: White House seeking loophole to extend war in Libya

Judith Robbins jprobbins at myfairpoint.net
Mon May 16 06:24:41 EDT 2011

  At the same time that Libya offers truce (
108 ), the administration seeks to extend US intervention.
May 13, 2011
3:29 PM CONTACT: Congressman Dennis Kucinich <http://kucinich.house.gov>
Nathan White <mailto:nathan.white at mail.house.gov>  (202)225-5871
Possibilities for Circumventing Congress¹ Constitutional Role Include
Temporarily ŒPausing¹ the War
New York Times Offers Rare View Inside the Legal Spin Zone over Libyan War
WASHINGTON - May 13 - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who will introduce
a bill to end the war in Libya based on the War Powers Resolution when
Congress returns on May 23, 2011, today made the following statement after
the New York Times 
reported that ³the Obama legal team is now trying to come up with a
plausible theory for why continued participation by the United States [in
the war in Libya] does not violate the law.²

³The same legal minds that brought us the twisted logic that war against
Libya did not require Congressional authorization because it was in our
vital national interest, and that it is not really a war because it is a
³humanitarian intervention,² are now searching for a legal loophole to
extend the war,² said Kucinich.

According the War Powers Resolution of 1973, the President must terminate
military operations within 60 days of submitting a report informing Congress
of the military operation unless formal war is declared. The deadline for
complying with this provision of the War Powers Resolution is May 20, 2011. 

"Instead of applying the rule of law as it was intended, the Obama legal
team is reportedly trying to distort the U.S. role in Libya to justify a
continuation of our involvement absent a Congressional authorization, in
violation of Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution which places the power
to declare or authorize war solely with Congress.

According to the New York Times
<http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/world/africa/13powers.html?ref=world> ,
suggestions for squeezing a square peg into a round hole --  in this case
the realities of war into the confines of the law -- include: stopping
direct attacks on Libya and confining our involvement to intelligence,
refueling and support, or possibly hitting Œpause¹ on the war in an attempt
to restart the clock.


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