Libya Intervention is Wrong — but Let’s Fund It Anyway!

by Ryan on June 24, 2011

in International Relations,Law,Politics,Stupid government,War on Terror

Earlier today, the House voted 295-123 to refuse President Obama Congressional authorization for our intervention in Libya, but shortly thereafter voted 238-180 (with 89 Republicans) to keep funding it!  In an embarrassing move, seventy Democrats voted against authorization — even President Bush secured authorization for both Afghanistan and Iraq.

Here’s my problem.  I understand that the funding vote was to throw a bone to our allies who are still heavily involved and need our help.  However, funding the operation is the only power Congress really has over the Executive branch regarding Libya.  The President should never have sent US forces to this kind of international mission without assuring Congress was behind him or without telling our friends to get the job done within 60 days.

Even a Dem implied that unrestricted military action such as this nudges the presidency towards an “absolute monarch” model, which is a road only possible if Congress neglects its duty.

While the House embarrassed the President today, it did nothing to stop him.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Jay Banks June 24, 2011 at 4:28 pm

The president shouldn’t have sent US forces to Libya at all. The country is broke and if it has some money available, it should spend it on projects that are able to boost economy instead of cutting benefits of seniors and unions or cutting social security program. The last thing the country needs is another war and spending $200 million a week.

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Chris June 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

While not exactly mirroring 2004, the Republicans didn’t want to seem like our friend from back in the day and have their vote twisted in such a way that it makes their consituents beliee they are not supportive of the troops.

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Ryan June 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

@ Chris: The problem is that the President denies we have “troops” on the ground, so that aspect of the argument is moot… unless the Republicans use it to hide behind.

From the other side, I understand that air force pilots are “troops” too, but Obama needs to be put further on defense regarding Libya, and the GOP seems weak and conflicted in this case.

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