Wednesday, June 15, 2011

'You are violating the law': Boehner warns Obama he doesn't have legal right to be involved in Libya conflict - 15th June 2011

American support for the Nato mission to overthrow Colonel Gaddafi in Libya is wavering after the legal grounds for going to war were questioned.

President Barack Obama has been warned he will be violating the War Powers Resolution unless he seeks permission from Congress for its involvement in the NATO operation - or withdraws the U.S. from the mission.

This is because President Obama has not sought congressional consent for the operation within 60 days of the first air strikes against Gaddafi's forces on March 19.

It comes as Nato refused to rule out bombing Libya's ancient Roman Leptis Magna ruins, a Senate resolution supporting the entire operation was left in limbo and rumours on the ground indicated Gaddafi was 'losing support every day' in his stronghold of Tripoli.

The leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, Speaker John Boehner, has written to President Obama urging him to explain the legal grounds for the continued U.S. military involvement.

He said that, come this weekend, the White House will 'clearly' be in violation of the 1973 War Powers Act.

The Act states the President is supposed to halt military involvement if Congress has not formally approved it within 60 days. Read More