Monday, March 28, 2011

Did Obama Violate the War Powers Resolution?


Section 2c of the 1973 War Powers Resolution says, “The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.”

Did Obama violate the Resolution by ordering military intervention in Libya without Congressional authorization?

You tell me.


  1. Of course he did. All the questions surrounding this mission would be answered if we issued a good old fashioned declaration of war. But I am not holding my breath.

  2. A declaration of war does seem to be the only method for initiating hostilities mentioned in the Constitution.