Congress Ignores Obama’s War-by-Fiat

Ben Johnson, The White House Watch

When Barack Obama updated Congress on the war in Libya last Friday, he claimed our role is so limited it does not require Congressional authorization. However, on Monday Hillary Clinton told the European press, “Even today, the United States continues to fly 25 percent of all sorties,” and Obama has promised there will be “no let-up.”

Apparently Congress will have no vote on the matter, either. This week, leaders in the House and Senate have refused to vote for or against the authorization of the war, as the Constitution requires.

Although the Founding Fathers vested Congress alone with the power to make war, Obama launched Operation Odyssey Dawn on the approval of the United Nations and the Arab League. Some interpret the 1973 War Powers Resolution to say the president may send soldiers into harm’s way for 60 days before getting Congressional approval, but Congress has passed no authorization 66 days into the war.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that the Senate will not vote on the measure before the end of this month.

A spokesperson for House Speaker John Boehner told CNN, “No decisions have been made about how to proceed.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was equally passive on Fox News Sunday, saying, “The administration is going to have to decide whether it thinks [the War Powers Resolution] was triggered and we’ll have to respond to that.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday….

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Comments

  1. OBAMA is an asshole, who has no clue what he is doing. OBAMA is a control freak and idiot and WRONG for AMERICA. 4 more years of his SHIT and America will become a broke 3rd worls country.

  2. John Grychak says:

    Get this arrogant (white house intruder) IMPEACHED now. He is not a King of the world. He is hardly a one man army. When you take him out, take Reid, Pelosi, Dodd, Holder, and Frank(to name a few) also.

  3. Marchinonward says:

    Ha,ha,ha…..you guy's really believe this is all one happy accident and obama's an idiot at the wheel don't you? NOTHING could be further from the truth.

    • No we don't think he is actinlg alone…we think he is a talking mannequin with a huge ego that lets HIM believe he is acting alone. He is a scary man who seems to believe his own lies and everyone lets him get away with it. IF he fit what the Bible says the anti-christ will be, I would swear we are looking at the ac, but he isn't him. For one thing he is too ugly. BUt you can count on this as a truth my friend, he IS the one holding the door open FOR the antichrist. I used to think there was no way this country would fall for the ac, and then the people elected this guy……the ac will walk right in.

  4. Mr Boehner, you IMPEACH, that's how to proceed.

  5. Mike Young says:

    The Senate majority leader should not have the authority to decide what bills can or can't be voted on or even brought up for a vote and neither should the Speaker of the House. All bills should be able to be brought up for a vote. I even believe that the people of this nation should be able to vote on the bills and if we vote against their passage they should not pass no matter what way Congress votes. After all these bills do effect every American so We The people should have a vote in their passage.

  6. Beverly says:

    Ok, I'm confused – if several states have passed their own law that no man can run for president unless he shows absolute proof he is a citizen of the United States. The only thing Barry the control freak has shown is 2 fordged documents of birth. His grandmother said she was at the hospital in Kenya when he was born and I am more apt to believe her than him. He has lied to us over and over and over. What is wrong with the others in congress? Are they too stupid to see what he is doing to his country? Sometime back he was asked why he was doing something or other an his answer was BECAUSE I CAN. I think the same answer applies to what he is doing to us. I think he is pissed off at his mother and father for having him he is taking it out on the world.

  7. Dr. D. D. Hook says:

    The long and short of it is that Congress is scared out of its britches of this colored guy Soetoro. They will never contradict him. He himself has said repeatedly that he doesn't tolerate correcting.

    • It's cowardice to be scared of him. ALL OF THEM ARE SCARED? WHAT CHILDISHNESS IS THAT? If they would just get together and get the impeachment started.

  8. I am so sick of this arrogant bastard in the white house. I am also sick of the congress not doing its job. We have now been shown not 1 but 2 fraud birth certificates. Barry has even said himself that he was not a natural born citizen, and yet still nothing is done about it. all the election fraud that went on in the 2008 election was enough to have voided the election, let alone all the fraud and corruption that has gone on since. CONGRESS needs to grow a pair and do the job they where elected to do, and quit this cowardly crap of letting Obummer do whatever he wants.

  9. The War Powers Act(Resolution)is unconstitutional, for it alters the Constitution without first going through the constitutionally mandated process of amending the Constitution in order to change it. There are only two means of changing the Constitution and they both require the amending of it. An Amendment can be inititated and approved by a 2/3 majority vote of both chambers of the U.S. Congress or on the Application of the Legislatures of 2/3 of the several States that would call a convention for the purpose of Amendments. Amendments would be passed and made a part of the Constitution when ratified by the Legislatures of 3/4 of the several Sates, or by Conventions in 3/4 of the states. There's no other way to amend/change the Constitution. (U. S. Constitution, Article V.)

  10. The War Powers Act (Resolution) is a law—an unconsitutional one—no matter what President has used it or who approves of it. The Constitution has not ever been amended to repeal Article V or or amend it in any way. Here is a link to the best source online for those who want to really understand what is in the Constitution: http://www.i2i.org/robnatelson.php
    Rob Natelson is a reknowned Constitutional scholar who believes the Libya War is unconstitutional.
    Bruce Fein, the constitutional lawyer who drafted the Articles of Impeachment that were successful in impeaching Bill Clinton, has also written his constitutional opinion that the Libya War is unconstitutional.

  11. roadhaze says:

    Revolution is coming to this country, Any government that cannot be controlled must be removed from office

  12. Allison says:

    Why isn't the congress doing something about this?!

  13. EdinNOLA says:

    If this is not considered a case of war, declared or even simply authorized, then each death caused by Obama's warplanes MUST be regarded as a case of murder. There is no in between. It is either war, or murder. Take your pick Mr. President.

    With regard to menbers of Congress abdicating their Constitutionally required duties: I hope you folks take careful note of WHO has refused to do their duty, especially the leaders in both houses, and make certain that they are forced from office as soon as possible.

  14. Another reaso n to impeach the asshole. if congress has any balls.

  15. To those of you who expect congress to do anything to reign this despot in, forget it. It takes real men to do the right thing and to always tell the truth. What we have in congress are all lowlifes who have no ones interest at heart other than their own. It makes me wonder what congress has been promised by this pos and his owner, soros. Whatever they have been promised they will never receive, they will all be in forced labor camps with the rest of us. Why congress is afraid of this liar is what I can't figure out.

  16. PTCRUISERMAN says:

    I have been listening too the rethoric for the past 3 years and I have seen no leader stand up yet. We still have all the talk out here and STILL no leader(s) standing up. I am starting to think it all about…the media having something to write about. I think we will all still be talking in 18 months when he "does not" leave office. Damn….we need more than one party! We have the Democratic……everybody else seems to be turning into Democrat (light), RINO, or what ever you want to call them. NO ONE seems to be standing for the United States of America and her people. We only have a Republic as long as we can keep it….and we ARE damn well loosing it!.

  17. Congress, this crook of a leader keeps breaking the LAW and you do NOTHING. Stop being just liberal democrats and do something for America, stop following (like Lemmings) this Fraud of a president.

  18. Virginia says:

    By all means, take all the time you need! Geez we have already suffered 3 years of this administration's over reach power grabbing dictators. So what's another few days, weeks if not months to make your decision on how this man has gone above the law to ignore the will of the American people and better yet shred our Constitution as if We The People didn't have ANY RIGHTS. Take your time until we get to a place where we have had enough of your crap and let you know it! By the way, here is my plan. Pick up Obama and family, pack their bags and fly them over to Lybia and drop them off. He can deal with the problems then. Grow some balls Repubs and stand up to this administration……JUST DO IT!

  19. Virginia says:

    iT IS NOW MAY 26 2011…….WHO IS LOLLIGAGGING?????????????????

  20. FedUpTom says:

    Why not eliminate the DOJ ? They seem incapable of compliance with our own Constitution !
    Obama has spit all over our RIGHTS as Americans & will continue to VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION as much as he wants,as there seems to be no department in our system that even cares what he does !!
    Someone grow some cajones for God's sake !!!!!
    God Bless America & please help us,we NEED it !!!

    • The Department of Justice is about as interested in complying with the Constitution as you and I in going to outer space. They are only interested in enforcing their dictator's demands and breaking every law on the books.

  21. frank54 says:

    You will never be able to impeach Obama, his can't be touched, he dosen't answer to anyone, and the charges you talk about do not do call for his impeachment, the only way to get this man out of power is to vote him out in November 2012,…..other than that nothing is going to remove him from power,…for the next four years….you all must get your friends and relatives to spread the too get people together to block vote him out of office, but make no mistake, Obama and his dirty thugs are going to use every big dirty trick in the book to stay in power

    • frank 54 thi8s is robert dont you know that Obuma the dicktator the tard chuer piss drinker cant be voted out remember he makes and changes laws to suit himself and nither the Dem,s or the Republicans has the balls to inpeach him even though both paritys Know damd well he lied when he swore nto uphold the U S Constatution. witch the Bill of rights is the most Important Part to protect we the peoplethe onley way we the people Can make the Bill of rights work is to Exersize those rights like our ancesters did and that is to Revolt against this Dictator use our Gun Rights and Blow the Turents away befor they take our only Defence from us like Hitler did to the Jews.

    • Texas Granny says:

      I agree with you Frank54, I think this is going to be the most corrupt election that the majority of us have ever seen.

    • You're right every voter fraud will be used to keep him in office so he can finish the job of destroying America. There is a bill Reid is trying to pass even if it takes "executive power" to do it they are determined to get it done and this will give Obama enought power to become our dictator. Who is going to stop him then? There is no Congress now that will stop him and if they win he can have them removed because this gives him total power to appoint and remove anyone he wants and congress has no say. WE THE PEOPLE need to organize and millions of us backed by the military, militia and every true American and do what the Bill of Rights tells us to do. WE the People have the duty to remove anyone and any group of government that is a threat to our life, liberity and happiness. Only the people can remove this traitor and his communist friends and convict him off treason against the Constitution and the American people along with Reaid, Pelosi, clinton and the rest. JUlY 4 sounds like a good day to me to do it. But do you hear of any one Really going to try and remove him. NO! Vote him out is all I hear. Anyone that thinks that will work is a damn fool.

  22. Ignore the Ignorant

    I suggest that we ignore anything that comes out of the "White Castle" until everything is proven to be true and tested according to the Constitution. If it doesn't pass the test according to the Constitution just ignore it and don't support it because it is most likely to be more lies and bullcrap from Nobama and his ignorant cronies. It's time we really hold this administration accountable or we shall surly fry in the oils of Nobama's cult.

  23. Gloria Wedemeyer says:

    I had such high hopes when the republicans took over the House. I know they can only do so much but they should be raising such a stink on this. I sure hope we get a new Senate and Pres in 1012. However, I don’t have that much confidence in the republicans any more.

    • My letter to my 2 Senators today!!
      When Barack Obama updated Congress on the war in Libya last Friday, he claimed our role is so limited is does not require Congressional authorization. However, on Monday Hillary Clinton told the European press, “Even today, the United States continues to fly 25 percent of all sorties,” and Obama has promised there will be “no let-up.”
      And Congress sits idly by and watches this unconstitutional travesty, abdicating all responsibility!!!

    • Marianne says:

      Should they also ignore this? Obama has another name and another game too . . . aka Harrison J. Bounell, who plays tax and real estate fraud games. Here's my blog on the info . . . http://mryansrants.blogspot.com/2011/05/obamas-ak….

  24. Texas Granny says:

    It looks as though we do need another party to vote for as the Republicans are proving to be no better than the Democrats is protecting the Constitution. Does Obama have a knife to their throat? I haven't voted for a Democrat and now I will not be voting for a Republican either. It is a very sad day for America when we have a government that does not serve and protect the American people.

  25. when is enough ….enough. we have to march on washington……….NOW

  26. Hopefully, maybe Trump can publicize Obamas' fraudulant birth certificate enough to get some real attention. I am in agreement with one of the other contributors below, why are the members of congress so afraid of this socialist pig Obama. It also seems blatantly obvious he really wants to swing with the Muslims. I don't believe he has lost or forsaken his early childhood exposure, until age 13, to Islam. He has said in his book the sweetest sound to him is the muslim call to prayer. He has proven to be totally unqualified to be president, probably ineligible, and he is one hell of an embarrassment to the American people. I would guess a bigger embarassment to the African American people as well. I am sure they wanted a better representative for them being the first black president. He has failed them more than the rest of us and has created more division than before he was innaugurated.

  27. IN 2012 , IF YOU THINK THE CHOICE ISN’T CLEAR , THINK AGAIN ,…..IT IS!!!

    YOU CAN VOTE FOR A RACIST, LYING , WAR CRIMINAL, COMMUNIST,SOCIALIST,

    ,MARXIST, MUSLIM, OR

    ….

    .A REAL AMERICAN PATRIOT,

    ITS VERY SIMPLE AND ANY RED BLOODED AMERICAN SHOULD

    HAVE NO PROBLEM MAKING THIS DECISION………………

    ON MAY 2 2011 THE US NAVY SEALS KILLED THE NUMBER TWO MUSLIM

    TERRORIST OF THE USA …..

    IN 2012 LETS VOTE OUT THE NUMBER ONE MUSLIM

    TERRORIST IN THE USA,

    BHO = AMERICAS PUBLIC ENEMY MUSLIM TERRORIST NUMBER ONE

    http://www.AllenWestforPresident.us

  28. Bippy Bellito says:

    Obama is an unabashed anti-Semite. Little more needs to be said.

  29. Jean Cruit says:

    It is wrong to let Obama by pass Congress and send our troops into a war. Obama is the worst excuse of a President that we have ever had; Just who does he think he is? (GOD) He needs to be taken down a peg or two and shown that he cannot take over. Why are the rest of you just sitting there and letting him get by with this? Wake up before he completely ruins this country. IT IS TIME TO IMPEACH HIM NOW BEFORE HE CAN DO ANY MORE TO HARM TO OUR COUNTRY.

    • Congress or the Senate will do nothing to get rid of Oduma he needs to be arrested and escorted from the white house. But where you gonna find a Sheriff with a pair to do this. There is supposed to a march on DC July 3rd but haven't heard anything else about it.

    • Marianne says:

      Should they also ignore this? Obama has another name and another game too . . . aka Harrison J. Bounell, who plays tax and real estate fraud games. Here's my blog on the info . . . http://mryansrants.blogspot.com/2011/05/obamas-ak….

  30. He clearly is unsuited to the job and it seems painful for him to exercise his duties. Why he ever wanted the Speaker's job is a mystery to me. He is not serving his party well and should be replaced.

  31. Betsy K. Larsen says:

    JoAnne says that voting won’t work. I agree. People are still stupid, as they were when this son of a bitch was voted in the first time. Roadhaze has it right. Revolution. Revolution is going to be the only way we, the people are going to be able to save America from this would be dictator! But, the problem with a revolution is this, too many Americans have became too “humane” and are downright afraid of a little “violence”. Sometimes it takes “fire to fight fire”. And what we have now is a raging “fire” in our country, a fire that is spreading worse than the Texas wildfires that recently burned millions of acres. It is instead burning our entire country with sheer cowardice. Our Congress is afraid of this peice of shit, this muslimE in charge. Most Americans are afraid to call islime what it truly is, PURE EVIL, and afraid of “offending” the slime we call muslimEs who are infesting each and every part of our once CHRISTIAN NATION. It is not simply fear, it is cowardice, people are just cowards these days. Afraid to become a little different, and stand up for right. It is too easy to just go along with everything that they are told. To beleive each lie that falls from those lying, purple, filthy musimE lips!! Americans are exactly what the islimic factions call us, we are soft, we have became spoiled, and too inclined to want immediate gratification. To go against something, or someone is work, and our work ethics have gone to hell. SO to take our country from these heathens who mean us no good will, would be work of the highest order, hard work, and some might actually get hurt or killed. It is too easy to allow our military to do it instead, let them do it. Send them to fight for our freedoms, we can’t be bothered, we don’t want to have to get our hands dirty, and God forbid that any of our precious hides should be harmed or killed. We can pretend to care, which we are doing, but to actually have to do our part in this “war against terror” is not “our jobs”. No, let someone else’s child, or husband or wife do it!!! This has became the attitude of Americans today. We want to stay safe in our homes and have our freedoms, but we certianly don’t want to expend any energy to help those brave men and women who stand in harms way each day, in these hellholes of the middle east. While our freedoms are taken away one at a time by this peice of pig shit in washington. And the so called “leaders” in Congress and the House and the rest do nothing to help us stop him from doing what he planned when he said “CHANGE”! He meant CHANGE, and it is exactly what he is doing, with the permission of many Americans, by them saying not ONE WORD OF PROTEST!!!! No. They are actually CONSIDERING CASTING THEIR VOTES FOR THIS MOST EVIL INTENDING PEICE OF GARBAGE TO EVER SET FOOT IN OUR CAPITOL!!!! Listen to the public when asked on national tv what they think! Yes, votes COULD change it, regain our power, but from what I see and hear on tv, this is not going to happen, unless we, the REAL PEOPLE, the REAL FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS REVOLT IN HUGE NUMBERS AND THROW THIS SORRY SON OF A MISBEGOTTEN BASTARD OUT OF THAT CAPITOL BODILY!! Congress is not going to lift a finger. Accept this and take responsibility ourselves, FOR ourselves! If we don’t do it, no one is going to!!! If you want something done, and done right, do it yourself! This has always been my motto, and it is more so now! Stand up America, STAND AND DELIVER! Deliver true, American JUSTICE!!!!

    • Need to get involved with the Tea Party. Time to march on Washington like the Arabs are marching against their dictators!

  32. The house and senate are 100% gutless, except when it’s time to ignore the Constitution, screw the American taxpayers and follow rule of law. I question their intellect period. We could get better decisions from kindergarten kids. What a disgrace to humanity. What a snakepit. Collaborating cowpatties! totally useless.

  33. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is waging war at the approval not of Congress but the United Nations and the Arab League. A hint of Hamas, No??

  34. Yes Dave, as he ignores his own Nations Government, and the will of American citizens. He sucks.

  35. kwiley9711 says:

    These people that work for us refuse to up hold the constitution. Weak pricks.

  36. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have..Reid quickly realized his word choice was problematic saying Maybe I shouldnt have said dictator but they have a different type of government than we have and that is an understatement.. If it fails the aide said we ll have to figure out what to do. .Senate sources say Reid is scheduling the vote to prove to Speaker Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. it can t pass the upper chamber. Reid could then ask the House to accept the Senate version which costs 58.8 billion and provides 33 billion for the troops..Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned Senate Republicans on Tuesday that if Congress didn t approve the funds by month s end he could not pay the troops according to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell Ky. ..But even before that spending showdown takes place Senate Democrats have to address unemployment benefits and small-business legislation..At 2 15 p.m.

  37. Marianne says:

    Should they also ignore this? Obama has another name and another game too . . . aka Harrison J. Bounell, who plays tax and real estate fraud games. Here's my blog on the info . . . http://mryansrants.blogspot.com/2011/05/obamas-ak….

  38. Marianne says:

    Should they also ignore this? Obama has another name and another game too . . . aka Harrison J. Bounell, who plays tax and real estate fraud games. Here's my blog on the info . . . http://mryansrants.blogspot.com/2011/05/obamas-ak….

  39. Leland Busbee says:

    Why doesn't Congress act to stop the killing by NATO of innocent civilians all in the cause by Obama to take down a leader of a country that is no threat whatsoever to the United States?

  40. THAT IS WHY DUMBO IS GETTING AWAY WITH ALL KINDS OF THINGS HE IS JUST BAING INGORED AND LEFT TO DO AS HE PLEASES

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  43. If congress and senate don't do there job, then they should be fired. Is our government a coward or a government of law and order? Just who is running this country a dictator (Obama and his czars) Gov has to be a coward not doing there job as they were sent to defend america.

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