Friday, May 20, 2011
Begun, the Constitutional crisis has
We're about to see just how adherent to the Constitution this administration is....
From FoxNation -- By Jake Tapper
From the beginning of the U.S. military intervention in Libya, the Obama administration has cited the 1973 War Powers Act as the legal basis of its ability to conduct military activities for 60 days without first seeking a declaration of war from Congress.
The military intervention started on March 19; Congress was notified on March 21.
Those 60 days expire tomorrow.
There is a 30-day Constitutional provision for withdrawal so the deadline for being out of Libya without congressional approval is still a month away, but the 60-day limit compels Obama to either ask congress for permission to stay or announce that we're getting out.
One thing to consider for Obama is that if he operates extra-Constitutionally regarding Libya, how can the US then expect other countries to obey their own Constitutions when crises happen? Short answer: we can't.