With representatives strongly opposed to a U.S. ground presence, GOP leaders block Rep. Dennis Kucinich's attempt to end the war altogether. How long can they keep it up?
Rep. Dennis Kucinich is trying force a vote to end the war in Libya. GOP leaders in the House of Representatives blocked that vote on Wednesday. Why? Speaker John Boehner "is concerned that if this were to come to the floor now, it would pass," Politico reports. Isn't that something? President Obama unlawfully launched a war without seeking congressional approval. Members of Congress abdicated their constitutional role for months on end. And now that the people's representatives want to have their say? Republican and Democratic party leaders are thwarting them.
They may not succeed for long.
Last week, the House "overwhelmingly backed an amendment to the defense bill barring any taxpayer dollars for U.S. ground forces or private security contractors in Libya," The Washington Post reports. "The vote was 416-5." And Politico cites anonymous sources claiming "lots of unrest on both sides of the aisle" over the Libya situation. As well there should be.
The Democrats who backed Obama did so partly because they didn't want any more wars of choice. GOP voters, already weary of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, are in no mood for a debt-financed campaign that doesn't improve our national security. I've argued before that the Republicans should run to Obama's left on national security. At minimum, some GOP candidates for the 2012 nomination are going to use Obama's Libya misadventure as a cudgel against him.
That will be deserved, for as Daniel Larison explains: