Bipartisan Resolution Raps Obama for Libya

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011 12:03 PM

By David Alliot

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President Barack Obama is facing stinging criticism from both sides of the aisle in the form of a resolution that demands an explanation for the use of armed forces in Libya against strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

Sens. Jim Webb, D-Va., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., sponsored the measure, which was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday.

"The President has failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale based upon United States national security interests for current United States military activities regarding Libya,” the resolution states, according to Corker’s Senate website. Both Webb and Corker are members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

On the floor, Webb questioned whether the president could unilaterally wage a military campaign for “reasons that he alone defines as meeting the demanding standards worthy of risking American lives and expending billions of dollars of our taxpayers’ money.”

The motion comes on the heels of an announcement by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., that he would not be pursuing a resolution that would have backed Obama’s use of military force in Libya, according to The Hill.

For his part, Obama has invoked the War Powers Act in support of his decision to embark on military operations in Libya. Once invoked, Obama was legally bound to a 60-day window of intervention. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, introduced a resolution last week that also admonished Obama for not consulting Congress for his actions.

House members rejected a resolution sponsored by Democrats that would have demanded withdrawal of all U.S. forces within 15 days, according to The Hill report.


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