Boehner Challenges Obama’s illegal Libya war

Barack Obama has vigorously defended his right to take military action in Libya without the formal approval of Congress, after Republican leaders challenged his authority amid the right’s growing suspicion of costly foreign military operations.

This week the Republican leader of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, wrote to Obama telling him that, under the 1973 war powers act, the president was obliged to seek congressional approval for the Libyan venture before Friday.

The White House replied by saying the law, which says there must be a vote in the legislature within 90 days of the president taking the US to war, did not apply because US participation in the Nato bombing did not amount to full-blown war.

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