Let me start by saying I am no expert on the War Powers Act so if you stop reading at this point it is understandable.
As I understand it the WPA allows the president to engage in military hostilities against a sovereign nation provided he reports to congress within 60 days so they can decide whether or not to declare war. (Only congress can declare war, not the president.) Recall George Bush obtained congressional authorization for military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The 60 day WPA window is closing on the US Libyan hostilities. Barrack Obama is claiming the WPA does not apply because troops are not in harms way on the ground. By that logic, Japan did not engage in military hostilities when they attacked Pearl Harbor.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
The US is involved in three wars, many middle eastern countries are in chaos, many areas in the US have been stricken by natural disasters, our economy is in shambles, we have presidential primary elections just over the horizon yet the first story on all three national evening news programs is about a perverted New York Congressman. Americans are being ill served by the lame stream media in this country.
That said, I am amazed that after lying to them over and over for more than a week, 53% of Weiner's constituents do not think he should resign according to a recent poll. To the best of my knowledge, every national politician, liberal or conservative, that had a sex scandal has either resigned or been elected out of office except Bill Clinton. This story, unfortunately, has not yet played out.