House Lawmakers Draft Legislation To Defund Libya Operations
Members of Congress are discussing several mechanisms to cut off funding for U.S. military operations in Libya, arguing that since President Barack Obama did not obtain congressional authorization, he is essentially waging an unconstitutional war.
Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.) is one of the lawmakers leading the charge. He says that not only does he believe Obama should first have consulted Congress, he opposes and would have opposed any U.S. military involvement in Libya.
“I think this, combined with our presence in Afghanistan and Iraq … just elevates hatred toward America and western democracies, throughout the Middle East. This is just one more nail in the coffin, so to speak,” said Johnson in an interview with The Huffington Post, arguing that there’s no connection between the conflict in Libya and the national security interests of the United States. He called Obama a “new war-mongering president who’s belied everything he stands for and everything we thought we stood for.”