House Speaker John A. Boehner, warned President Obama on Tuesday that unless he gets authorization from Congress for his military deployment in Libya, he will be in violation of the War Powers Resolution. If you are asking yourself, “What? Did he say Obama will be in violation?” you are not alone. It is true that the War Powers Act of 1973 states the president may not send troops into combat for more than 90 days total, without the express consent of Congress, but it also says that the president would have had to seek authorization from Congress within 60 days from the initiation of the military action. That deadline came and went and not one did anything. The message was sent loud and clear; Mr. Obama can act like a dictator and Congress is not likely to stop him. Now, many are scratching their heads wondering what Boehner intends to do when Obama ignores or sidesteps yet another idle effort at getting him to follow the Constitution. In his letter, sent Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Boehner, said Mr. Obama must provide a clear justification by Friday for committing troops to Libya. Sunday marks the 90th day since the military involvement was initiated by the president.
The fact of the matter is that President Obama would not be in violation of the law as of Sunday, he has been in violation of the law, and of the Constitution for quite some time just on this issue alone. Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution expressly requires the authorization of Congress before a president can commit the nation to war. This means that a president cannot engage the nation’s troops in military action and then a few weeks later simply notify Congress about it. There is a difference between letting someone know and asking permission. Either way, many suspect that most members of Congress for whatever reason lack what it takes to require the president to comply with the law of the land.Details