White House skips legal deadline on Libya

2011-05-21 10:04

Washington - The White House is skipping a legal deadline to seek congressional authorisation of the military action in Libya but few in Congress are objecting.

Under the War Powers Resolution of 1973 a president can send troops into combat only for 60 days without congressional mandate.

That deadline fell on Friday, but in absence of pressure from Congress, White House officials say they think they are on solid ground continuing US involvement in the mission now led by Nato without formal congressional signoff as long as consultations with Congress continue.

In that spirit President Barack Obama sent a letter to congressional leaders on Friday saying US involvement remains critical and welcoming congressional suggestions.

  • IrenĂ© - 2011-05-21 11:10

    whats new? the poster boy for democracy is in fact the biggest hypocrite of them all. there is no end to what america will do to remain in power and police the world. the quote "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." rings very true

      Valis - 2011-05-21 12:22

      Hear hear!

      slg - 2011-05-21 15:08

      You're both still unwittingly dangers to yourselves and humanity.

      Francois - 2011-05-21 22:34

      According to your logic Hitler was the best, followed closely second by Stalin. The first part of your quote is known as the Lord Acton principle, which came from the UK who together with the Yanks policed Europe and put Facism and Nazism in jail. Now what was your point again? You are writing in English and not in German?

  • Grunk - 2011-05-21 13:34

    Why not skip any legalities - anything to keep their Armed Forces expenditure up to budget for the military-industrial complex.

      slg - 2011-05-21 15:13

      You're still off-focus from the real issues. US750 million is hardly keeping "their armed forces expenditure up to budget". This is what the US has spent on its Libyan involvement.

      amos - 2011-05-21 21:39

      @sig The American Terrorists will soon recover what they spent and make a hefty profit by the time they are finished with Libya

      Grunk - 2011-05-22 09:01

      You know, Slug, I also think that sometimes I go overboard a little in my anti-US views - and then up spring a couple of back to back programs on the History channel last night (background to the Bourne Identity and Nato's Secret Armies)which contain even more horrific revelations about the immorality of American diplomacy and its completely ruthless and insiduous CIA, NSA etc agencies working in conjunction with its (and others) Armed Services.

      slg - 2011-05-22 19:45

      You're confusing the real terrorists with those promoting individual freedoms and human rights. Thankfully the people of the Middle East aren't. They're bringing down centuries of tyranny and oppressive rule.

  • Rodney Emmerich - 2011-05-21 13:39

    The ARROGANCE of Americans is astounding , they are the world champion warmongers and then they have the audacity to use the term 'LEGAL DEADLINE'on the Libya issue . Gobsmacked is what I am !!!

      slg - 2011-05-21 15:09

      Completely unaware of the facts too, is what you are

      amos - 2011-05-21 21:45

      @sig you are an idiot if you cannot see what the Americans are after...Russia has been killing the Chechens and the Indians have been doing the same to the Kashmiris for over 50 years... why are there no American troops protecting those people...what is the difference between the Chechbians, Kashmiris and the Libyans? THe Libyans have OIL.

      slg - 2011-05-22 19:45

      Libya produces just 2% of the world's oil. This is not about oil.

  • umlaut - 2011-05-21 19:11

    "a president can send troops into combat only for 60 days without congressional mandate." We can assume that Troops are not -Pilots-and neither are Drones and neither are the sailors on the navy vessels. So there are no troops involved and they are not on land in Libya. So this can carry on for ever.

  • RAYSEMBE - 2011-05-22 13:47

    The Americans know their wrong doings through out the world,now that people of the world now know what has been dancing behind closed doors,they move around the world checking for the weak and heavily sanctioned regimes and try to enforce regime change so that their presence as a superpower can be recognised. Thats why they jump before the drum plays.

      slg - 2011-05-22 19:48

      "People of the world"? Just you and a minority who are confused about what is really going on in world affairs. Thankfully the stronger energy and force of individual freedoms and human rights is winning. You're on the wrong side of this at the moment.

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