So far, the American part in the civil war in Libya has been illegal and unconstitutional. President Obama took the United States into a third war with just a few hours warning and no congressional authorization.
No legislation can change the illegality of Obama’s actions in starting the U.S. involvement in the Libyan war, but legislation can provide legal footing for the war from this point forward. In the House and Senate, legislation has been introduced to provide legal authority for President Obama to continue the American part of the war in Libya.
In the Senate, S. J. Res. 20 has been introduced by Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Benjamin Cardin, Sen. Richard Durbin, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Sen. Mark Kirk, Sen. Jon Kyl, Sen. Carl Levin, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, and Sen. John McCain. In the House of Representatives, Alcee Hastings has introduced H. J. Res. 67. Both bills would provide legal authorization of the U.S involvement in the war in Libya.
Whether or not you believe that American participation in the war in Libya is a good idea, now is a good time to call your U.S. senators and U.S. Representative through the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121, and tell them what you’d like them to do. Votes on the war authorization legislation could happen in both houses of Congress as soon as tomorrow.