Speaker Boehner continues to send out maddeningly ambiguous messages on Libya and the War Powers Act. On one hand, he says that the U.S. is, notwithstanding the Administration’s absurd claims to the contrary, which he says don’t pass the “straight-face test,” engaged in hostilities in Libya; that it has not gotten congressional authorization under the War Powers Act for engaging in such hostilities; and that the House may move to cut off funding for American military actions against the Kaddafi regime. All good. On the other hand, Boehner demands that the White House explain “why we are there, what the mission is and what our goals are, and how do we exit this.” But of course the issue is not why we are there, the issue is that the President has not gotten congressional authorization for our being there. Boehner’s demand for information at this late stage of our illegal action there, AFTER the 60 day period and the additional 30 day period under the War Powers Act have already expired, raises reasonable doubts that he is serious about stopping our illegal action there. I continue to hope that Boehner will take steps to stop it, but I will not believe that he actually intends to do it until he actually does it.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at June 16, 2011 07:13 PM | Send