Earlier this spring, President Obama ordered the firing of more than 160 cruise missiles into Libya. He justified his action on humanitarian grounds and declared that the conflict would be over in “days, not weeks.”
It was Obama doing his part to make the “Arab Spring” a resounding success. The fact that there was no vital American national interest involved seems to have been lost on our in-over-his-head college professor and community organizer.
More than 90 days later, Libya is still on fire and the Pentagon is reporting that the original cost estimates were vastly understated: Actual costs will approach $1 billion dollars.
Congress has insisted that Obama comply with the War Powers Resolution, which requires Congressional approval within 90 days of the initial military action.
Obama has refused to comply and has insulted the intelligence of the U.S. Congress and the American people by claiming that the U.S. was not involved in “hostilities.”
Let’s be clear: One can fire 165 Tomahawk missiles and spend one billion dollars of taxpayer money on the war in Libya without violating the War Powers Act because there were/are no “hostilities” involved?
Mr. President, that has to be one of the most outrageous arguments that your administration has advanced to date.
Even if the “war” is refined as Kinetic Military Action, hostilities have taken place, many based on your orders as Commander-in-Chief.
War without hostilities: Yet another outrageous fairy tale promulgated by progressives in denial!
John W. Lillpop is a Capitol Hill Coffee House staff writer.