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Libya War

Resisting Temptation Over Libya

Ernest Istook | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

It's tempting to cut off funds immediately for President Obama's ill-conceived Libya offensive. But it's not the right course. For the sake of our allies, Congress needs to be patient in using the power of the purse to correct Obama's misadventure.

The Bipartisan Case Against U.S. Involvement in Libya

David Bromwich | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Of the ten members of Congress who on June 15 filed a lawsuit against the President for violating the War Powers Act, seven are Republicans and three are Democrats. Their case is simple: the President, they say, has acted against the Constitution.

Is U.S. Attack on Libya Legal? Rep. Dennis Kucinich Debates Former Reagan Attorney Robert Turner

Democracy Now! | Posted 08.16.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of 10 members of Congress sued President Obama for violating the War Powers Act of 1973 by failing to obtain congressional approval for military operations in Libya longer than 60 days.

War Power Lessons From the 93rd Congress and Why Libya and Afghan Wars Must Be Unwaged

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

As we continue to debate Libya's legality and draw down from Afghanistan, we should not so easily forget rationality. On Afghanistan, there is no longer a case for a continued and costly war. On Libya, the case has yet to be made in Congress.

Michael Calderone

Associated Press Updates Definition Of Libyan Conflict: Now 'Civil War' | Michael Calderone | Posted 08.15.2011 | Media

NEW YORK -- As Congress increases pressure on the White House to define the legal grounds for U.S. military involvement in Libya, one of the country...

Jennifer Bendery

Obama In 2007: Congress Should Stand Up To White House On War Powers Act | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 08.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama spoke passionately in 2007 about the need for Congress to challenge the Bush administration over violating the ...

Beyond Realism and Idealism: Explaining Obama's Shifting Middle East Policy

Ty McCormick | Posted 08.14.2011 | World
Ty McCormick

All this talk of dithering and deference would be interesting if it didn't confuse realism with isolationism while also misidentifying the point at which Obama's foreign policy began to tack away from its early "realist" positions.

Libya Policy Is a Slippery Slope

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Sen. Tom Udall

If our military is to be involved in an escalation in Libya, then Congress must exercise its Constitutional authority and approve or disapprove of the President's proposal.

Gaddafi Investigated Over Use Of Viagra-Type Drugs In Rapes

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.08.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS – The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court said Wednesday he is investigating whether Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi ...

At Long Last, House Debates and Votes on Libya War Powers

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The War Powers Resolution was in part designed to address exactly this situation: an unauthorized war which Congress has not acted to stop.

Kucinich Calls the Question on Libya War Powers

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The decisions by the Administration to go to war in Libya without Congressional authorization, and then to continue U.S. military involvement past the 60 day limit of the War Powers Resolution, if not challenged by Congress, will set a dangerous precedent.

McCain Dethrones the Rule of Law

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

John McCain's latest war gospel hangs an alarming tale. The rule of law has been dethroned and the president has been endowed with absolute power as the American Empire has eclipsed the American Republic.

Gaddafi: I Won't Leave Libya

Posted 07.31.2011 | World

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Muammar Gaddafi is emphatic he will not leave Libya, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday after talks with the Lib...

Asserting War Powers, House Moves to End Afghanistan, Libya Wars

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Voting on amendments on the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives took action to hasten the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Libya.

Gaddafi Government Makes Ceasefire Offer In Libya

Posted 07.26.2011 | World

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The government of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has contacted foreign states offering an immediate ceasefire, but there was skepti...

Why the War in Libya is Wrong

Dennis J. Kucinich | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis J. Kucinich

Fifty percent of all aircrafts used to attack Libya come from the U.S.. War from the air is still war. And whether the UN and NATO support our intervention is irrelevant -- the President still needs to follow our Constitution. And Congress must end this war.

Jennifer Bendery

McCain: White House Now "In The Mood" To Take Up Libya Resolution | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate is lining up a vote on a resolution to express Congress’ support for continued U.S. military action in Libya, Senate Majori...

Foreign Intervention and the Fight for Libya

Sarah A. Topol | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Sarah A. Topol

2011-05-20-benlibya.jpgTwo months into the war, I sat with a Libyan friend in a coffee shop in Benghazi. He told me he wanted more than just a no-fly zone.

Libya Triggers War Powers Act Deadline This Friday

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Rep. Mike Honda

The War Powers Act, created after Vietnam to ensure checks and balances during wartime situations, limits the president's ability to commit armed forces to conditions that are not present in the case of Libya.

Crown Prince Mohammed of Libya: Gaddafi Will Be Killed If He Doesn't Leave

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Mohammed El Senussi is the opposite of Muammar Gaddafi: he's soft-spoken, nuanced, dresses in business suits and is also Gaddafi's main rival.

The Constitution and the Tea Party Part Company

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Bruce Fein

If Tea Party Caucus Members wish to keep their constitutional escutcheons unsullied, they should not tarry in taking legislative action against unconstitutional presidential wars and unconstitutional unaudited military spending.

U.S. Envoys: Gaddafi Troops Engaging In Sexual Violence, Issued Viagra

Posted 06.28.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.S. envoy to the United Nations told the Security Council on Thursday that troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gadda...

...And in Other News

Dan Rather | Posted 06.28.2011 | Media
Dan Rather

The next time you hear about another round of layoffs at a TV news division, the closing of a bureau, the decision not to cover a foreign story with full force, remember this week of silliness in April.

Embattled Rebel Town Sees Bloodiest Fighting In Months

Posted 06.25.2011 | World

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Rebels and residents of Misrata said bodies lay scattered in the streets of the city and medics struggled to cope with the wound...

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.22.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

During two of the most religious times of the year, shouldn't we pause and ask: When is some of the hatred and downright meanness that seems so prevalent in our political discourse going to end?