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Is Libya the first “video-game war?” Lawsuit has been filed.

The Justice Department on Friday asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by Dennis Kucinich and ten members of Congress filed demanding that U.S. military support for the NATO operation in Libya be terminated because President Barack Obama’s orders violate the Constitution and the War Powers Resolution.

The problem for Obama is that two of his legal team has sided with the lawsuit.

Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House in June, that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May 20.

Oh-oh, this can’t be good!

 The White House’s contention is the president could continue the Libya campaign without their authorization because the campaign was not in their words “hostile.” Now just wait a minute. Are we going to have to define what hostilities are? We have bombed the crap out of Libya and this is not “Hostile?”  What am I missing here?  The WH contends that since no ground troops are on the ground, the enemy isn’t shooting at them, so no “hostilities’ have occurred.  I guess this is a video-game war and no one really dies either.

Meanwhile you and I have paid close to $1 billion dollars for this little war and Congress has had no say in the matter. Just spend away our tax money without representation.

President Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several other senior members of his legal team — including the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh — who argued that the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.

Oh I get it, just find someone that agrees with your position and you can circumvent Congress. Hey even Attorney General Eric Holder sided with Caroline Krass on this, so this lawsuit has some real merit.

So either the War Powers Resolution is legit, and it restrains Presidents from conducting private wars, or it is worthless, and Presidents can engage in any conflict they see fit and bypass Congress and the American People.

To think our legal and constitutional rights boil down the interpretation of what “Hostilities” mean… is ridiculous!

Shame on Congress for turning a blind eye over this and then expecting us to believe they will cut spending, when they can’t even define “Hostilities!”

And shame on the President for bypassing Congress to fight a war with no end game, no stated mission and no timetable, to do what? Why are we in Libya? The silence from the Administration on this matter is deafening!

I hope the lawsuit is allowed to continue and someone can define the “hostilities” for all of us.

Paul Smith

Delegate to the Republican Party

Former Candidate for Congress 2008-2010

Taking our Government back, one day at a time!

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