AS discussed in a prior article, President Obama refuses to follow the War Powers Act because he has permission from the United Nations to wage war in Libya.
The President said:
U.S. forces are playing a constrained and supporting role in a multinational coalition, whose operations are both legitimated by and limited to the terms of a United Nations Security Council Resolution that authorizes the use of force solely to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under attack or threat of attack and to enforce a no-fly zone and an arms embargo.
Editor: In other words, we are ceding our war authority to a foreign body, one which does not have our interests or Israel’s interests at heart in a war that does not involve our interests.
ThePresident also claims that U.S. involvement does not constitute “hostilities” -the term used by the War Powers Act of 1973. He is conducting military operations different from the kind of hosities contemplated by the Resolutions’ 60 day termination policy.
Editor: So we are not involved in hostilities, we are merely sending drones and leveling bombs into a foreign country.
It is our Constitution which has granted war powers to Congress, not to the UN and not to the President of the United States. The President has, in a power grab, violated the constitution and then handed U.S. sovereignty to a foreign body. Read here: Obama claims war power rights for the Executive, which is in opposition to the Constitution Neither the Executive Branch nor the United Nations are mentioned in the constitution.
The PRESIDENT, Executive Branch, has brazenly assumed the powers of the Legislative Branch, and handed them over to the UN. The Constitution clearly delineates war powers to Congress if one wishes to ignore the War Powers Act: –
U.S. Constitution – Article 1 Section 8
Article 1: The Legislative Branch
Section 8: Powers of Congress
To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings; And
To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
From WIKI: The War Powers Resolution of 1973 (50 U.S.C. 1541-1548) is a federal law intended to check the power of the President in committing the United States to an armed conflict without the consent of Congress. The resolution was adopted in the form of a United States Congress joint resolution; this provides that the President can send U.S. armed forces into action abroad only by authorization of Congress or in case of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”
The War Powers Resolution requires the President to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing armed forces to military action and forbids armed forces from remaining for more than 60 days,with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war. The resolution was passed by two-thirds of Congress, overriding a presidential veto.”
Read Obama’s explanation from The Washington Examiner: President Obama’s decision to involve U.S. military forces in an unconstitutional, unexplained mission in Libya has left many Americans seeking answers and action from Congress. Why has Mr. Obamaignored the public and congressional questions regarding his actions? Why did he thrust our American soldiers into this battle without the consent of Congress? While Senate Democratic leadership has so far not acted, these are questions that the House of Representatives is attempting to have answered.
On June 3, the House passed a resolution demanding that the president provide the American people with specific answers and rational reasoning. So far, Mr. Obama has failed to provide compelling and legitimate logic behind U.S involvement in the Libyan mission. The House is requesting that the president be held accountable for his actions and provide the American people with answers. The U.S. Senateshould follow their lead.
America was flung into a war that lacks congressional approval and fiscal discipline. The administration’s complete disregard for the Constitution has bothered many Americans, for the Constitution clearly states that it is Congress that has the power to declare war, not the president. The War Powers Act also clearly states that U.S. armed forces are to engage in immediate hostilities only if the circumstances are “pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”
Absent these criteria, the president has no authority to declare war. Even if the president believes he has such authority, the War Powers Act goes on to require the president to seek congressional approval within 60 days of conflict. That deadline has come and gone, and only last night did Mr. Obama belatedly begin providing Congress and the American people with answers. The mission in Libya does not comply with the requirements outlined in the War Powers Act. Therefore, I demand an explanation.
Our Founding Fathers created a government with checks and balances to ensure collective judgment. By engaging our armed forces in theLibyan mission, the administration has gone against the founding principles on which our nation was built.
As an American citizen, I respect, honor and abide by our Constitution. Violating it is a major offense and a significant problem for this president. Not only is Mr. Obama’s lack of congressional authority for war unconstitutional, the war also is not in our best interest… Read more here: The President ignores the US Constitution, but no the UN