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June 15th, 2011
08:17 AM ET

Are the U.S.'s actions in Libya in violation of the War Powers Resolution?

The War Powers Resolution is a product of the Vietnam War when Congress believed the President was exerting too much military power. The Resolution requires that Congress approve military action ordered by the President after 60 days of a given military operation.

In the case of the United States' current involvement in Libya, the Congress argues President Obama is in violation of the War Powers Resolution, as the nation has been militarily involved in the North African nation for more than 60 days without the approval of Congress. However, President Obama has argued the U.S. is only in a support role in Libya, without any combat boots on the ground.

So, who is in the right? Professor Matthew Waxman, Associate Professor at Columbia Law School and a Fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses the War Powers Resolution with American Morning.

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  1. MeLoN

    Without a doubt. Obama promise to get the US out of two wars but instead he gets US into another one. America can't afford more of Obama's policies of continued reckless spending.

    June 16, 2011 at 7:21 am |