House pushes vote on Obama's authority to wage war in Libya

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  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    June 24, 2011 5:34 p.m.

    Monkeyspider. You need to do your history better. Bush did not lead us into war in Iraq unconstitutionally. The information that led us there was flawed, but that has nothing to do with the constitution. Bush lobbied congress for 18 months to take on Iraq. After 9/11 congress agreed (voted to go) and so did the American people giving Bush a 90% approval rating at the time. Obama started firing rockets into Libya after only 26 days of investigating the conflict and did it with not congressional approval or attempt at negotiations. If you hated Bush for his oil connections, then you should do your homework on this conflict. The bottom line here is oil too. Oil for Italy, Portugal, Ireland and other European countries on the brink of economic failure. If those banks fail it sends a ripple effect that eventually hits the US and that's what it is about. Not freedom for some poor Libyan.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2011 2:13 p.m.

    Barack doesn't feel dropping bombs on a nations leaders and military is hostile action. So exactly what is his definition of hostile action? I guess Iraq, Afghanistan aren't really wars then. We're just dropping bombs on people protecting civilians.

    I wonder if he would use that same thought process on our own people. He's just protecting the citizens by bombing anyone who opposes him....

    I'll admit that's extreme, but, so is attacking Libya for no reason.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 24, 2011 1:02 p.m.

    This is a win-win for the American taxpayer. We won't be spending any more money we don't have on a war we have no business being in.

    Hopefully Obama got the message.

  • MonkeySpider Lindon, ut
    June 24, 2011 12:50 p.m.


    Yes you are right, but the War Powers Resolution specifies when a President can take us to war, but Bush took us to those wars before congress approved it and then he got approval after we were already at war. Congress can declare war, the President can only take us to war if there is evidence that we are about to be attacked as stated in the War Powers Resolution. Troops can only stay 60 days with a further 30 day withdrawal period, without an authorization of the use of military force or a declaration of war.

    Obama Should be impeached, he went around congress and the constitution, under UN authority to Libya. Libya was and still is no threat to America, so how is the Libya war constitutional and not a criminal act by our Commander in Chief?

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    June 24, 2011 12:22 p.m.

    To "MonkeySpider | 9:36 a.m." you are wrong. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were voted on by Congress and authorized.

    The US constitution does not state why the US can declare war. If you can provide us with a reference to the clause in the Constitution that would make the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan illegal I would love to see it.

  • David Centerville, UT
    June 24, 2011 11:04 a.m.

    Hillary Clinton's statement that we either support Ghadafi or we support Libyans aspirations for freedoms, sounds a lot like Bush's "You are either with us or you are against us."

    The hypocrisy is astounding. Democrats become Republicans and Republicans become Democrats.

    I always hear about the party of no. I hear about the war party. Supposedly these are Republicans. But now we clearly see that the party of no and the war party has become the Democrats.

    My vote will go towards candidates who focus on our national debt, reducing the size of government, bringing our troops home, cultivating our national resources, making our county energy independent.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 24, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    Re: George | 9:28 a.m. June 24, 2011
    "stop playing games and deal with the budget and the economy."

    Where do you think we've getting the money to drop bombs, missiles, and a perfectly good F-15E Strike Eagle on Libya?

    Next thing you know Obama will be wanting to rebuild Libya after we get done destroying it. Personally I think that money could be better spent developing alternate energy sources here at home.

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    June 24, 2011 10:11 a.m.

    This is a NATO operation. If you want us to get out of NATO, fine, but that is something that should be taken up by the Senate (treaties). The Republican House should take up the business they PROMISED Americans... jobs, jobs, jobs.

  • MonkeySpider Lindon, ut
    June 24, 2011 9:36 a.m.


    It was a republican President that got us into the Iraq and Afghanistan war unconstitutionally, almost all of the republican candidates will continue with war and the status quo, except of course Ron Paul who wants to bring home all of our foreign troops. Obama's war in Lybia is completely unconstitutional, Congress must declare war! Congress wasn't even consulted about Lybia, Obama took orders under UN authorization. He should be impeached for this act and we should withdraw our troops immediately.

  • George Bronx, NY
    June 24, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    stop playing games and deal with the budget and the economy.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    June 24, 2011 9:24 a.m.

    If we had a Republican President, this would never be happening. The hypocrisy is appalling. Playing politics with national security and defense.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    June 24, 2011 9:21 a.m.

    This is a case where Congress badly needs to reassert itself. We've been mired in middle east wars that are none of our business for too long. Bring the troops back home and put them to work securing our southern border. Stop spending money that we don't have helping people who don't appreciate us. Let the Arabs solve their own problems, the US Military is not the world's police force.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    June 24, 2011 9:07 a.m.

    The Unites States is far too quick to commit itself to war. Congress needs to insist that it and only it has the power declare war. If not the problem of us going to war too often will be even worse.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    June 24, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    The US House needs to send Obama a message about spending money without authorization. Who's going to pay for all the damage we've caused in Libya? If Obama was really sincere about help these rebels he'd be dropping bombs in Syria too.