Congressional members to file lawsuit over Libya
June 15th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Congressional members to file lawsuit over Libya

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A bipartisan group of House members will file a lawsuit Wednesday challenging U.S. participation in the Libya military mission.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is set to defend U.S. military involvement in Libya to Congress, according to the White House.

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  1. Pink Elephant

    Not a fan,

    NATO doesn't trump the U.S. Constitution. Rather scary that you could actually believe such

    June 15, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Obama bumbles his way and this country into yet another war in an Arab country in which we have NO VESTED INTEREST and the libtards want to give him a totally free ride. If Bush had done this there would have been calls for impeachment and demonstrations in the street.

    June 15, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  3. Pink Elephant

    LIP,

    Sounds like a great idea on focusing on very important economic issues. Too bad the Obama Admin wants to spend time/money re-opening the Abu Gharib case. Surely that move isn't political ... naahhh!

    June 15, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  4. San Diego Patriots

    Why doesn't the prez just ask congress?????

    June 15, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  5. No One Important

    'Bout time.

    Obama hasn't asked for approval – we have no idea who we're "funding" or helping. Obama has an abysmal record on jobs while Americans are suffering and need jobs now.

    Obama plays word games like his statement that he "informed" Congress – never mind Congress is the only entity that can declare war. Minor detail obama likes to ignore. Like so many other parts of the constitution.

    Meanwhile – Obama's administration makes up "rights" out of thin air (think Obamacare), makes up new "athority" out of thin air (think Commerce and EPA, and of course, a LIbya war front without permission), uses the government to go after Boeing, (via NLRB) while trying to tout "exports." (Boeing is our largest exporter? Hello?) Yanks drilling/mining permits out of the blue after they're issues, while humping drilling for Brazil, while his administration ignores Federal Court orders. . . . .

    This is Hugo Chavez behavior! He's making us look unstable. He's making China look more stable for business than the US.

    And we wonder why no one is hiring in this nation? Why companies are running away?

    June 15, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Paul in Ohio

    It's kind of funny that you don't hear a peep from the anti-war 'pinko' crowd, even though they were outraged at Bush's 'illegal' war (in which he did get Congressional approval...along with every vote to fund it thereafter)

    June 15, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. obama victim

    it is amusing to hear the crazies actually trash the constitutions to try to defend Barry.......this guy is a diaster...Jimmy Carter X 2

    June 15, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:
    Obama bumbles his way and this country into yet another war in an Arab country in which we have NO VESTED INTEREST and the libtards want to give him a totally free ride. If Bush had done this there would have been calls for impeachment and demonstrations in the street.
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    Republicans and conservatives were screaming for Obama to go in with boots on the ground when the Libyan rebels first began to take up arms. Obama waited for a vote by the Arab League, the US sent forces to participate in a support role with other NATO countries.

    The Iraq War was called illegal because Bush acted unilaterally against the UN. He did not get any international approval in Iraq. UN nuclear inspectors came within hours of bombs landing on the runway before they could fly out of Baghdad. Bombs began falling just as soon as their plane left Libyan airspace.

    June 15, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Kris

    "That's still not a violation of the War Powers Act then, is it? Again, given that there are no boots on the ground requiring massive withdrawal plans, our involvement can stop almost instantaneously. It's pretty much just extremist conservatives..."

    Sniffit, it'll be interesting to know what your position will be if Sunday comes and goes and there's still no Congressional approval. You hinted that the President could just stop launching attacks, then wait five minutes, then restart the 60/90-day period over, so is it your position that the President may launch indefinite wars this way so long as no ground troops are involved? By the way, the "no ground troops" thing isn't actually true according to reports that we have some special-ops guys there.

    So, let's see where we are come Monday. "Withdraw, get approval or get impeached" ought to be our rule - at least if we're still loyal to the Constitution. But hey, maybe we'll be lucky and the president will in fact order a full cease-fire by then, sparing us from a crisis until the health care bill reaches the Supreme Court.

    June 15, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Paul in Ohio

    It's kind of funny that you don't hear a peep from the anti-war 'pinko' crowd, even though they were outraged at Bush's 'illegal' war (in which he did get Congressional approval...along with every vote to fund it thereafter)
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    The war was commonly referred to as illegal because unlike Afghanistan and Kuwait, neither NATO nor the UN approved action against Saddam Hussein, who was the enemy according to Bush. Bush granted himself the authority with the help of the GOP controlled Congress. We almost killed the UN inspectors on the ground in Iraq as their flight took off from Baghdad..

    June 15, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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