June 14, 2011 |
House Speaker John Boehner warned the Obama administration Tuesday that it will be in violation of the War Powers Act if the White House fails to seek congressional approval in a matter of days for the U.S. military operation in Libya. In a letter to President Obama, the speaker said Sunday would be the 90th day since U.S. forces have been engaged militarily in the NATO-led operation, the limit allowed without approval from Congress. Boehner said many lawmakers are frustrated by the "lack of clarity" about the administration's strategy in Libya.
November 22, 2011 |
Libya's interim prime minister on Tuesday unveiled a new Cabinet apparently assembled with an eye to subduing regional factions, which have grown increasingly adversarial in the scramble for power since the overthrow of longtime strongman Moammar Kadafi. The new political leadership, which will run Libya until elections are held next year, faces the daunting task of creating a workable government and uniting a country ravaged by war and 42 years of dictatorial rule. "All of Libya is represented," Prime Minister Abdel-Rahim Keeb told a news conference in the capital, Tripoli.
October 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's decision to mount two risky capture raids against Al Qaeda operatives in North Africa reflects a reduced role for lethal CIA drone strikes and a growing role for the Pentagon in leading counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials said Sunday. In storming the coastal Somalia home of a leader of Shabab, the Somali-based group that claimed responsibility for last month's massacre inside a shopping mall in Nairobi, the Obama administration opted to put U.S. Navy SEALs at risk against a fixed target that could have been destroyed with bombs or missiles from the air. The suspect sought in the raid was not captured, though he may have been killed in a firefight that ultimately forced the U.S. force to withdraw, officials said.
June 20, 2011 |
House Speaker John Boehner and the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate are now inadvertently sharing talking points on President Obama stance on Libya, both saying it doesn't pass the "straight-face test. " The unusually aligned rhetoric between Boehner, a Republican, and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the majority whip, offers another sign of the emerging bipartisan alliance against the White House's reluctance to seek congressional approval for the military operation under the War Powers Act. "It just doesn't pass the straight face test, in my view, that we're not in the midst of hostilities," Boehner said last week about the White House assessment that the aerial bombings underway by the U.S. military as part of the NATO-led operation do not constitute hostilities under the act. Durbin, on Sunday's "Meet the Press," said similarly: "It doesn't pass a straight-face test in my view that we're not in the midst of hostilities.
October 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A top Republican said more money should be spent to beef up diplomatic security after the attack on the U.S. compound in Libya, as Republicans continued their assault of President Obama's handling of the situation. "We need to start spending that money and not claim that we don't have enough money," said Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House oversight committee, Sunday on "Face the Nation. " "If there needs to be supplemental money, of course Congress would respond.
October 11, 2012 |
GOP vice presidential nominee Paul D. Ryan said it took President Obama two weeks to label the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans as “a terrorist attack.” In fact, Obama labeled the incident an “act of terror” during his remarks on Sept. 12 in the White House Rose Garden. “No acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for,” Obama said.
October 17, 2012 |
Wednesday morning on CNN, Candy Crowley defended her moderation of Tuesday's presidential debate -- and in particular, her on-the-spot fact-checking of Mitt Romney's claims about President Obama's response to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. During the debate, Romney alleged that Obama had taken weeks to describe the incident as a terrorist act. Crowley intervened, saying that the president “did in fact” call the attack an “act of terror” in his comments the following day and encouraging Romney to move on. Her assertive performance has drawn howls about "liberal media bias" from the right, including from Rep. Paul D. Ryan, who accused her of backtracking on the Libya issue.
October 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Wednesday acknowledged that his administration passed faulty information to the public about last month's deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, but suggested those reports came in the interest of keeping the public abreast of what they knew at the time. In an interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer that aired Wednesday night, Obama said that “as information came in, information was put out,” and that those reports “may not have always been right the first time.” In a brief set of excerpts aired on the evening news, Obama also said he trusted that “if there's something to be fixed, it'll get fixed.” The admission came as critics questioned early accounts of the attack that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other diplomats at the consulate on the night of Sept.
April 18, 2011 |
The fighting in Libya has reached a stalemate: Moammar Kadafi has proved far more resilient than his adversaries anticipated, and he has also exposed the limits of what can be accomplished by war from afar. If NATO decides to end the standoff by attacking his forces with greater ferocity, there's only one nation (you guessed it) with the requisite power. This much is evident. What remains unclear is the sort of political arrangement the anti-Kadafi campaign will produce. Here's one possibility.
June 28, 2011 |
The Obama administration is facing tough questions in the Senate over its decision not to seek congressional authorization for its participation in the NATO military mission in Libya. Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday complained that the White House’s position had made Congress “irrelevant,” unnecessarily antagonized lawmakers and opened a Pandora’s box of debate over the definition of war. At the heart of the debate is the 1973 War Powers Act, which requires the president to seek congressional approval within 60 days of engaging in military hostilities or discontinue them.