THE U.S. HOUSE of Representatives sent the Obama administration a strong, bipartisan rebuke Friday for failing to make the case for war in Libya or seeking congressional authorization for military action. It is critical that the administration understand the significance of this vote, abandon its plans for a nonbinding resolution in the Senate and proceed to seek the requisite debate and authorization for the use of military force, as I have advocated for nearly three months.The White House called the vote "unnecessary and unhelpful," but it has only itself to blame. The administration faces bipartisan opposition in Congress because it has, for more than two months, sidestepped the clear constitutional and legislative intent that a president obtain congressional authorization to go to war.
Obama's Risky Course On Libya
At the time that President Barack Obama was seeking endorsement for military action at the United Nations, he didn't seek a congressional declaration of war, as specified in Article I of the Constituti...