US Sends Drones, Military, Intelligence Personnel to Libya, Amid Chaotic Time for New Democracy

By: Saturday September 15, 2012 11:43 am

As we learn more about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi on September 11, it becomes harder and harder to ignore the probability that the militants involved were retaliating for a drone strike that took out a top al-Qaeda leader who happened to be Libyan. Christopher Chivvis puts this in context. As details [...]

Rand Paul, Lonely Voice Against War With Iran

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 1:17 pm

Allow me to agree with Rand Paul. We already have significant sanctions on Iran, which mainly hurt the population rather than the regime. The Senate wanted to take another dip with an even more stringent set of sanctions. And Paul said no. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blocked an effort Tuesday to quickly pass a bipartisan [...]

On Joseph Kony, War Powers and Liberal Interventionism

By: Monday October 17, 2011 7:00 am

So in the midst of a delightful weekend with family, I noticed in the few minutes I had to look at the computer that I have become the exemplar of Obama Derangement Syndrome with a hastily written Friday post about the White House starting a mini-war in Africa. Apparently it was front-paged on Saturday and [...]

White House Starts a Mini-War in Africa

By: Friday October 14, 2011 11:45 am

I guess Leon Panetta’s admonition against reducing the US military presence had some foreknowledge. The President, in a letter to Congress, just acknowledged that he deployed approximately 100 combat forces to central Africa to assist in the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) there. Here is an excerpt from the letter to Congress, sent [...]

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 [...]

Boehner Bungles Libya Vote, Defunding Defeated in House

By: Friday June 24, 2011 12:20 pm

In an inexplicable loss for House Speaker John Boehner, a substantial portion of his caucus abandoned him on a vote to limit funding for the US involvement in the NATO mission in Libya. The House was expected to pass the funding limitation today, which would have been a rebuke to the President’s warmaking powers. Instead, [...]

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 [...]

House to Consider Multiple Resolutions to Limit or End US Involvement in Libya

By: Thursday June 23, 2011 10:57 am

House Speaker John Boehner will bring up a vote tomorrow to defund the US involvement in Libya, a major escalation of the war powers fight in Congress. There are three resolutions prepared for the Rules Committee, all of which could get a vote tomorrow: 1) Authorizing the war operation for one year with a ban [...]

Libya: The Precedent is the Problem

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 8:50 am

Needless to say, Yale Law Professor Bruce Ackerman does not agree with his former colleague Harold Koh. It has now been over three months since the first NATO bombs fell on Libya, yet President Obama has failed to request Congressional approval for military action, as required by the War Powers Act of 1973. The legal [...]

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 [...]

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