Libya international law needs updating
The answer is found in the Constitution’s text and history, and it must be the same regardless of the president’s political party. airstrikes against Libya have reignited the perennial debate over whether the president can launch military operations without first securing congressional approval.Some lawmakers have raised the legal question in the hope of stopping the war on principle, while others view the argument as a useful partisan critique of the president’s leadership.The report is unlikely, as a result, to appease all congressional leaders concerned about Obama’s strategy in Libya and the rising cost of the war, one of three the administration is fighting at a time of severe fiscal strain at home.It issued a statement which noted Libyan authorities’ use of military aircraft, mortars and heavy weaponry against civilians and called on the Security Council to impose a no-fly zone.
The Framers divided this authority, reserving the latter power to Congress as the national legislature.In issuing the report, the White House relented in joining a debate it has largely tried to ignore.The demand that Obama secure congressional approval to continue the Libya operation has brought together House Republicans and liberal Democrats.Update Report in Word • PDF Expected Council Action Security Council members seem likely to intensify the discussions on Libya this week.At press time, Security Council members were meeting in informal consultations at Lebanon’s request to discuss Saturday’s Arab League statement calling on the Security Council to impose a no-fly zone. Lynn Pascoe was expected to brief on the situation in Libya.