Monday, June 20, 2011

War Games

The War Powers Act of 1973 is the federal law that dictates under what conditions a President may enter into an armed conflict with a foreign power. The President must notify Congress within 48 hours of committing troops and cannot keep them anywhere for longer than 60 days without a declaration of war or the approval of Congress. The Act also allows for a 30 day withdrawal of troops period.

If you remember, during the election of 2008, there was a lot of talk about “unjust wars.” This mostly came from the progressive left. The same progressives that glossed over the fact that Democrats enthusiastically supported entering into Iraq and that, when President Bush sought the requisite approval from Congress, he got it with Democrat support.

Since entering in office, Barack Obama has not only broken his campaign promise to get us out of Iraq within 16 months of taking office but has now entered us into two new wars.

The first is the war in Libya. The second is his war in Yemen.

President Obama began the war in Libya in March. He has not sought Congressional approval per the War Powers Act. As a matter of fact, Obama didn’t even notify Congress of his starting a war until long after the first bombs were dropping. The 60 day window has not passed for him to begin his exit from the region.

Obama's defense is that this isn't a war. It's a kinetic military action.


Obama is in complete violation of the War Powers Act and the left is profoundly, hypocritically, and not surprisingly silent.

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