And To Think That This President Once Taught Constitutional Law

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 21, 2011

President Obama’s position on the war in Libya is that because the American role in the war is allegedly “limited,” he no longer needs any Congressional approval, and does not need to comply with the War Powers Act of 1973.

Now, I certainly agree with the overwhelming opinion that suggests that the War Powers Act is unconstitutional. But again, it is worth noting that there has been no authorization whatsoever from Congress for the war in Libya. None. George W. Bush got it for Afghanistan, and got it for Iraq as well, and got condemned for being an Imperial President. But as I and others have stated before, Barack Obama is more of an Imperial President than George W. Bush ever dreamed of being. And of course, a great many of the people who excoriated the Bush Administration for its supposed imperial tendencies are notable for their silence while Barack Obama engages in a power grab the likes of which the Bush Administration never contemplated.

There is no justification for cutting Congress out of the picture merely because this Administration has declared the American involvement in the war “limited.” That stance doesn’t even pass the laugh test. And there is no justification for this Administration not having received a fraction of the criticism the Bush Administration received for its alleged imperial overreach, despite the fact that this Administration’s imperial overreach is certainly more pronounced.

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