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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 ...

Senate Unveils Tough Libya Resolution Pressuring Obama Over Military Involvement

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A resolution before the Senate pressures President Barack Obama to seek congressional consent for continued U.S. military involvement in...

Elise Foley

Boehner Asks Obama To Make The Case For Libya, Afghanistan | Elise Foley | Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is partially to blame for growing discontent among members of Congress over wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, ...

House Scraps Vote On Libya Resolution

Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives on Wednesday called off a vote on a proposal directing President Barack Obama to remove U.S. armed forces f...

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.

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.

Obama's Middle East: Rhetoric And Reality

The New York Review of Books | Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics

Being president of the world has sometimes seemed a job more agreeable to Barack Obama than being president of the United States. The Cairo speech of ...

Marcus Baram

Are The Libyan Airstrikes Illegal? | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics

For critics of the Obama administration's decision to bypass Congress before taking military action in Libya, Friday is judgment day. May 20 is the...

Marcus Baram

CHART: Obama's Middle East Speeches Compared | Marcus Baram | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Since President Obama's much-praised speech at Cairo University in June 2009, a lot has changed in the Middle East. Thursday's highly a...

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.

David Wood

'It's A Mess': Friction Between Pentagon And White House On Libya | David Wood | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After 26 months in office, President Obama still has not forged a smoothly working national security team that can both nimbly pounce o...

NATO's Sarajevo Moment

Michael Brenner | Posted 06.20.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

Opponents of the regime in Tripoli are suffering systematic abuse across the country. Benghazi seems destined to be cast as Sarajevo in this recasting of the Bosnian tragic drama.

America's Partnerships With the Arab People

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.17.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

Clearly, this administration has opted to be populist, breaking away with traditional U.S. foreign policy, whose cornerstone was developing relations with governments. But words are not always coupled with deeds everywhere.

U.S., Allies Search For Gaddafi Refuge Site | Posted 06.16.2011 | World

The Obama administration has begun seeking a country, most likely in Africa, that might be willing to provide shelter to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi if he...

Not Why, But How: To the Shores of (and Skies Above) Tripoli

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 06.12.2011 | World
Andrew Bacevich

Motive is slippery. Presidents may not agree on exactly what we are trying to achieve in the Middle East, but for the past several decades, they have agreed on means: whatever it is we want done, military might holds the key to doing it.

Obama Administration Policy of Regime Change Has Become an Obstacle to Peace in Libya

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

If regime change is the price of peace there will be no peace in Libya, and consequently, millions will be caught up in an intensifying civil war -- if we diverted one humanitarian crisis, we are about to start another.

Libya and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Conn Hallinan

War always has consequences, although not all of them are initially obvious. In war, as Carl von Clausewitz noted, the only thing you can determine is who fires the first shot. After that it is all fog and plans gone awry.

Libya: In America's National Interest?

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Bob Burnett

Until President Obama stops assuming the U.S. military has a blank check, I'm not going to support the intervention in Libya or any further adventures "in the national interest."

Marcus Baram

Behind One Former Congressman's 'Private Mission' To Libya | Marcus Baram | Posted 06.06.2011 | World

NEW YORK -- Former U.S. Congressman Curt Weldon, currently in Tripoli on a self- described "private mission" to urge Muammar Gaddafi to step down, has...

What Next in Libya?

Richard N. Haass | Posted 06.06.2011 | World
Richard N. Haass

Foreign policy must be about priorities. The United States cannot do everything everywhere. This consideration argued for avoiding military intervention in Libya; now it argues for limiting the current intervention drastically.

Why No Libya Policy Is the Best Policy

Dennis Jett | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Dennis Jett

Despite what the critics say, America is not the land of the inconsistent and the home of the hypocrites. In today's world, the best policy is sometimes not to have a policy.

Muddling Through in the Middle East Is Not a Substitute for Strategy

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Obama's "pragmatism" is based on a process of muddling through the path of least resistance, under which pressure from powerful political players, and the impact of the media, end up determining the final policy decision.

The Assad Doctrine vs. the Obama Doctrine

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Raghida Dergham

While the Obama doctrine is currently the focal point of a debate taking place among its proponents and critics, the Assad doctrine reveals two possibilities: that the space afforded for the debate is of a military and security nature.

Arms to Libya? Bad Idea

Ashwin Madia | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Ashwin Madia

Introduce arms into Libya now, and we're almost guaranteed that they'll be used against any peace keeping force sent in after current operations end, and Gaddafi is gone. And what then?