War Powers Resolution doesn't apply to Libya, key official says
June 28th, 2011
11:35 AM ET
12 years ago

War Powers Resolution doesn't apply to Libya, key official says

Washington (CNN) - A top State Department legal adviser told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that the 1973 War Powers Resolution does not apply to the U.S. military intervention in Libya - an assertion sharply disputed by many members of Congress.

Harold Koh argued that the measure is not applicable because America's role in the NATO-led mission is limited in terms of its scope, means, exposure of U.S. forces, and chances of escalation.


Filed under: Dick Lugar • Libya • President Obama
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  1. Rudy NYC

    War Powers Resolution of 1973: Section 4(c):
    Whenever United States Armed Forces are introduced into hostilities or into any situation described in subsection (a) of this section, the President shall, so long as such armed forces continue to be engaged in such hostilities or situation, report to the Congress periodically on the status of such hostilities or situation as well as on the scope and duration of such hostilities or situation, but in no event shall he report to the Congress less often than once every six months.

    June 28, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    I blame John Boehner and Mitch Turtleface for not being able to control the Hell No Caucuses in DC, and for trying to bring down the entire country just to get rid of our first half-white president.

    They certainly have their priorities bass-ackwards.

    June 28, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
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