A showdown looms between the White House and Congress over the war in Libya.
At issue is the War Powers Resolution, passed by Congress during the Nixon administration and ignored by every president since then. A bipartisan group in the House, including newfound bedfellows Speaker John Boehner and Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich, is demanding that President Obama adhere to the law.
Speaking of strange bedfellows, the situation has led to the New York Times editorializing (somewhat begrudgingly) in favor of the Boehner position while the Wall Street Journal editorial board has backed Obama’s stance.
Should Obama submit to the War Powers Resolution and get Congress’ approval to continue the war in Libya?
- Yes, the law’s the law. (108 Votes)
- No, this is within his constitutional mandate. (42 Votes)
- Who knows? I’m no constitutional scholar. (29 Votes)
Total Voters: 179
As the Times put it, the War Powers Resolution “says that 60 or 90 days after notifying