Administration Acknowledges “Direct Action” in Somalia and Yemen

By: Saturday June 16, 2012 8:28 am

In a report required by the War Powers Resolution, President Obama for the first time acknowledged that the US has taken “direct action” in Somalia and Yemen to attack remnants of Al Qaeda, spreading the battlefield authorized by the AUMF passed shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001. In the letter, the President updates [...]

Berman-Sherman Debate Degrees of Belligerence Toward Iran

By: Wednesday February 22, 2012 7:06 am

If we see military action in Iran in the next several months, you can trace part of the reason back to a redistricting quirk in the San Fernando Valley. Rep. Howard Berman basically ran the state’s redistricting maps, through his brother, when they were drawn by the legislature. But California voters passed an initiative setting [...]

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Time-Limited Authorization of Libyan Mission

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 9:35 am

Harold Koh got slapped around by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday, but that was a small price to pay for the Administration for winning the ultimate battle. In a victory for President Barack Obama, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve U.S. participation in the military campaign against Libya and Moammar Gadhafi’s forces. The [...]

White House Fails to Persuade Democrats on Libya

By: Friday June 24, 2011 8:15 am

Democrats heard a pitch from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday on supporting the Libya operation. They were not enthused. Even the argument that Republicans wouldn’t challenge a president of their own party the same way didn’t carry much sway. “The president has not developed strong relationships with members of Congress that would allow members [...]

Competing Resolutions Seek to Codify Congressional Authority for War in Libya

By: Tuesday June 21, 2011 1:46 pm

Eugene Robinson had the best column I’ve seen about the President’s game-playing with war powers on Libya. Blasting dictator Moammar Gaddafi’s troops and installations from above with unmanned drone aircraft may or may not be the right thing to do, but it’s clearly a hostile act. Likewise, providing intelligence, surveillance and logistical support that enable [...]

House Will Vote on Limiting or Ending Funding in Libya

By: Monday June 20, 2011 6:50 am

This could be a consequential week for the President’s war in Libya. The House of Representatives will vote on limiting or ending funding for the military operation, and given the rising anger on both sides of the aisle about the abuse of war powers it just might pass. Last week, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, Democrat [...]

Obama Ignored Advice of Top Legal Advisors, OLC in Waging War in Libya

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 7:01 am

We now have an innovation in executive power. During the Bush Administration, mid-level functionaries would be found to write legal justifications for waging war, committing acts of torture, or what have you. Now, during the Obama Administration, the top lawyers are free to give their considered opinion on these issues. But the President will simply [...]

27 Senators Want “Sizeable and Sustained Reduction” of Troops in Afghanistan

By: Wednesday June 15, 2011 6:00 am

Marc Ambinder says that the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan set for next month will be meager at best. Gen. Petraeus doesn’t really want to send any troops home, and there’s no real indication that the President does, either. This is despite the fact that many assessments appear to show the US and NATO forces [...]

Boehner Term Paper Resolution on Libya Passes, Kucinich War Powers Resolution Fails

By: Friday June 3, 2011 10:55 am

I said earlier today that the John Boehner gambit, where he offered a competing resolution to Dennis Kucinich’s war powers resolution on Libya, would likely succeed. It did. Boehner’s resolution, which asserts that the President failed to meet its Constitutional responsibilities under the War Powers Act and “provide… a compelling rationale based upon United States [...]

Boehner Resolution Forces President to Write Term Paper About Libya

By: Friday June 3, 2011 6:45 am

John Boehner was in a tough spot. On the one hand, Dennis Kucinich offered a privileged resolution on Libya that could only be delayed and not quashed, and as the vote-counting proceeded, looked like it could pass. At the same time, Boehner appears to be enamored of war as a general rule. At the same [...]

Boehner, GOP Crafts Legislation to Allow Continuation of US Mission in Libya

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 11:00 am

John Boehner’s pathetic performance abdicating the Constitutional responsibility over war powers to the executive continues. The House leadership, prior to a closed caucus meeting, will devise a bill to continue US involvement in Libya, as a counterpoint to Dennis Kucinich’s War Powers resolution to end involvement. This comes just as over 60 House Republicans issued [...]

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