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WPR Influence in Libya Action?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Last Thursday the Washington Post editorial page opined that President Obama should either seek congressional authorization for the military actions in Libya, or “should inform Congress and the public about his intention of going forward with the campaign, openly challenge the constitutionality of the War Powers Resolution and work toward its repeal or amendment.”  The editorial described this choice as a “dilemma,” and added that “ignoring the War Powers Resolution — or offering disingenuous arguments about why it does not apply — is not the answer.”

This morning the Post’s editorial board chastises the Obama administration for not giving more military support to Great Britain and France in the action in Libya.  It adds: “[T]he strain on British and French forces is growing, and the president appears to have no substantial reason to deny the allies’ request, other than to prove the ideological point that the United States need not lead every NATO military intervention.”

Continue reading Jack Goldsmith at Lawfare