Rep. Dennis Kucinich Is Pissed With POTUS About Libya Attack
Matt | On 21, Mar 2011
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is in his rare form today, calling President Obama on the carpet for what he feels is an impeachable offense of the past few days.
Never one to bite is tongue, or care about making himself look like an ass, Rep. Kucinich has conducted two interviews since Saturday’s initial UN coalition attack on Libya. In both conversations he raised the idea of impeaching President Obama, but gave no specifics or thought about whether it would happen or not.
In a nutshell, Kucinich and some other lawmakers are pissed off that President Obama didn’t formally let them know (as a whole body) that the U.S. would join a team of countries to attack Libya. Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee were briefed on the attack, but not their general counterparts. So, per the usual in Congress, a few of them have some negative things to say about Obama’s strategy.
Per the Constitution, the president needs authorization from Congress to start a war. Also, the War Powers Resolution of 1973 reaffirms that POTUS needs to let Congress know about military action within 48 hours. It also says that forces can’t stay more than 60 days with a 30-day withdrawal period.
The issue is that many presidents have ignored the resolution over the years. Also, the U.S. is technically not taking the lead on this effort, as the UN started it per their own separate resolution. Congress doesn’t control the United Nations. So, the U.S. hasn’t “gone to war” with anyone (on paper) without Congressional authorization. It’s a sticky legal situation.
I’m all for the checks and balances system. I can’t argue that the president needs to check in with Congress on major action like this. An “impeachable offense” may be a bit of a stretch considering how much advance notice was in the media and how Congressional reps spoke publicly about potential U.S. action in Libya.
Authorization or not, we need to be checking and balancing Obama’s ass about running in to save yet another country. We should be sitting our broke American asses at home for a change! Give our service men and women a break. Damn!!