NYT Editorial Board: War Powers Resolution Applies to Libya OperationJune 17th, 2011 3:12 pm National Memo
President Obama’s legal team has been making the case over the past few days that the War Powers Resolution of 1973, which prohibits military operations longer than 60 or 90 days on foreign soil without congressional approval, does not apply to the United States’ continued involvement in Libya because of the logistical, tangential nature of our sustained involvement there. John Boehner, much of the Congressional GOP and some liberal Democrats agree, and The New York Times joined them yesterday:
It would be hugely costly — for this country’s credibility, for the future of NATO and for the people of Libya — if Congress were to force President Obama to abandon military operations over Libya. However, Mr. Obama cannot evade his responsibility, under the War Powers Act, to seek Congressional approval to continue the operation.
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