Boehner warns of possible War Powers Resolution violation over Libya
June 14th, 2011
05:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Boehner warns of possible War Powers Resolution violation over Libya

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration could be in violation of the War Powers Resolution if it fails to get congressional authorization by Sunday for U.S. participation in the Libya military mission, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday.

In a letter to President Barack Obama that his aides made public, Boehner complained that the administration has so far failed to address questions about the mission that were in a House resolution passed on June 3. That resolution set a two-week deadline for a response.


Filed under: John Boehner • Libya
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Kabuki Theater.

    June 14, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    I think there's something that says when NATO is in control and we have no boots on the ground, that is nonsense.

    But then, the Boner complains, warns, demands, all the time. He'll cry next.

    June 14, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    ........Says the guy who let G. W. Bush blow Billions in Iraq for WMD's that are still on the loose.

    June 14, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    Mr. Boehner –

    Everyone knows that we initiated the action in Libya and our Canadian,NATO & Arab allies are now doing the heavy lifting.

    If you want to take action against the Administration, go ahead. I`m willing to bet however that you have no idea how much [or how little] involvement American forces have in Libya at present. You are bluffing and it wouldn`t surprise me if the Prez has set you up for embarassment should you press this.

    I`l be under NATO`s charter, we are obligated to support any mission of theirs and if we are not conducting "the warfare" part, the War Powers Act does not apply.

    Lastly, it appears that Kaddafhi`s time is limited – even in the context of the measured involvement that Obama has orchestrated. Do you REALLY want to interfere when this killer of PanAm103 Americans is on the ropes? Be my guest.

    Where are the JOBS bills you promised, chump?

    June 14, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    When is he going to start the investigation into war crimes by Cheney and Bush??? What? Chirp chirp chirp

    June 14, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. MARTY

    obama is a war criminal and should be impeached and thrown in jail.

    June 14, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  7. concerned citizen

    well the president has the authority to exercise military operations without the consent of congress as long as there is no official declaration of war (which there is not) as exhibited by bush senior in operation Desert Storm.

    June 14, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Liberal elite=anyone with an education

    Jobs Boehner! Where are the jobs you promised? All you and your party can do is lash out irrationally at the President and try to force our country to fail so you can blame it all on the Democrats. Enough of this unpatriotic gamesmanship: you can't lead, you won't follow, so just get out of the way and stop YOUR WAR – on America.

    June 14, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Mikey

    @ Marty – do you have a rationale other than your dislike for OUR President? Do you think that Bush should be tried as a war criminal? Or are you just another mindless, unpatriotic Obama hater?

    June 14, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Navyvet8192

    Boehner better be careful or else he could lose a Weiner...... Bah dum dum Thank you,.. Thank you... I'm here all week, and please tip your server.

    June 14, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX


    obama is a war criminal and should be impeached and thrown in jail.

    June 14, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |


    Based on.........?

    Man. I know it HURTS you guys that W and Cheney screwed up on EPIC levels. I mean EPIC.

    But it does not change the fact that your favorites sons Bush and Cheney are guilty of war crimes. In Cheneys case I go as far as TREASON. Yes,blowing the cover of a CIA agent ?

    Ever wonder why those two as sooo quiet ? Better yet why don't they leave the country ?

    That must be soooome fantasy world you live in Marty.

    C'mon McFly !!!!

    June 14, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    What is our mission in Libya? Are we sure we are not using our military to defeat Ghadafi for Al Qaeda? It's a good question that I'm sure future generations of Americans trust we have a good answer for. We are going to leave them in debt up to their ears. So now are we going to leave them an empowered enemy to deal with?

    June 14, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Bill

    THe GOP – the party of no ideas, no direction and no leadership. Darn good at complaining and carping, however.

    June 14, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |

    NATO is handling the Libya situation. Boehner is misguided. Oh, where are the jobs?

    June 14, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Billy Jackson

    The house has the athority to cut all funds for libya or any other war,I see no reason why the united states needs to get involved,If oboma cant give good reason other than he feels its the right thing to do....thats a little vaug.its time we end all conflics,and worry about our own borders.

    June 14, 2011 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. iberty4all

    Possible? My calendar says that it has already happened.

    The War Powers Act needs to be repealed if no one intends to abide by it, and no one has to concern themseoves with any viloation of its constraints. Return to the constitution and only allow congress to pass a vote for war.

    June 14, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Obama got Osama, Marty. What have YOU done?

    June 14, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  18. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Marty......

    are you from down here in Texas because you sure sound like somebody that lives outside the metro areas here would sound. You should thank President Obama he chose NOT to seek charges against Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield et al. Please answer us back and tell us WHY the POTUS is a war criminal. And as for Boehner how many boots are on the ground in Libya and how many American lives have been lost so far? Until you GOPers bring this subject up most Americans have forgotten all about the so-called war we are supposed to be fighting over there that doesn't exist.

    June 14, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. Dr Matrix

    The republicans complained that Obama sat on the sides with Libya. As soon as he initiated some action, they bitched some more. Catch 22. We all know there is only one thing that would make them happy.

    June 14, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    The weeper of the house must not have anything better to do.
    Before you do anything about President Obama you better start with the shrub and cheney.
    Just like going after weiner when you have a house full (literally) of low moral liars and cheaters!
    Go have a drink. It will make you feel better!

    June 14, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  21. lforlegend

    Where are the JOBS, Tanman? You oughta stop being a hypocrit!!!

    June 14, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. The Elephant In The Room

    Sir, handle the people`s business.

    The spirit of the War Powers act is to prevent a President from placing soliders on the ground, in harms way, and locking the US into conflicts where we Would be hard pressed to withdraw.

    The WarPowersAct was born out of the Vietnam War and 50,000 US deaths in Vietnam.

    Mr. Boehner, that is not the scenario we are facing with Libya.

    I`m sorry, but I see your actions as camoflagued partisanship to harass the President, not a Speaker of the House concentrating on something the American People care about.

    June 14, 2011 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  23. Bill from GA

    So here's an Idea: Let's WASTE THE NEXT TWO YEARS in a Supreme Court battle over the legality of the War Powers Resolution.

    Congress is not going to do anything anyway, other that to draw an inflated paycheck every week or two.

    And if the bozo conservatives (let's give BUSINESS the rights guaranteed to individuals, after all , they pay us more!!) on the Supreme Court uphold the Resolution, we can waste MORE years on an impeachment attempt. (During Barry's SECOND TERM!!!!) (And NOT a conviction, at least in the Senate.)

    Gotta be easier than fixing this mess of an economy bush left us. Not that congress is even trying to fix the economy, not since the repugs got enough power to stop the dems.

    OR MAYBE, congress could step up for our country, and its allies, and support the effort, vitally important to Europe, to finish this job in Lybia.

    Nah, tea party first, repug next, AMERICA LAST! At least when a Democrat is President..

    June 15, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |