Do Acts of War Need Acts of Congress?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich (Alex Wong/Getty)

Since President Obama authorized military action in Libya, politicians on both sides of the aisle have complained the president did not follow the proper and legal channels towards war. Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said the President's decision might render him impeachable. House speaker John Boehner (R-OH) complained that Obama hadn't briefed members of Congress. Technically speaking, should the President have asked Congress before attacking Libya? 

Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent explains whether the White House's decision to intervene was within the rights of the executive office. 


Todd Zwillich

Comments [1]

David A. Cutié from New York City

There has to be some room for the President to use military force on a limited basis for reasons such as to prevent human catastrophe. Had the coalition not stopped Khadafi when they did, he would have killed many people out of retribution and potentially stymied the democracy movement in the Middle East. Our foreign policy can not be held hostage by the political machinations of Congress.

Mar. 22 2011 06:39 PM

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