What's the End Game for Libya?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

There are rumors that Libya's oil minister may have fled to neighboring Tunisia over the weekend, and sources in Libya say rebel fighters - aided by NATO airstrikes, which destroyed eight artillery vehicles - killed more than a dozen of Colonel Gadhafi's forces Wednesday. But it is unclear how and in what form U.S. involvement in the mission will continue. The New York Times' John Burns reports from Tripoli on the latest. In the United States, Friday, it will have been 60 days since President Obama told Congress about the campaign in Libya. According to the War Powers Act, he has until then to secure congressional support for the war.

The Takeaway's Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich, who says that while Friday will not see a sudden pullout of troops, both Senators and Representatives are moving to take the issue to the floor.

Guests:

John Burns

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Contributors:

Todd Zwillich

Comments [3]

Harry from New York

Thank you!

May. 19 2011 11:08 AM
edward bertozzi from massachusetts

The President's ability to order our armed forces into war should be restrained. The Constitution should be obeyed, but the War Powers Act is better than no restraint. The fact that Presidents don't want to go to Congress first to authorize war demonstrates that the wars are questionable and probably not in our best interests. Since the abolition of the draft, the Presidents' war adventures have become spectator sports for the masses, which is a tragedy for the people caught up in these wars and for our ability as a people to govern ourselves rationally.
I don't understand how John can support the absolute power of the President to take us to war. Perhaps I misunderstood his comments this morning.

May. 19 2011 10:12 AM
listener

There was no Congressional notification for the Libyan military intervention. Why?

May. 19 2011 08:59 AM

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