During President Obama's White House press conference today, he dismissed attacks from some Republicans and Democrats on his handling of the conflict in Libya. "A lot of this fuss is politics," said the president, insisting that his actions don't violate the 1973 War Powers Resolution mandating that "military forces must be withdrawn from battle within 90 days without congressional authorization." He reiterated that the operation is "limited in time and scope" with "no risk of additional escalation." But his most ardent critics aren't accepting the "limited operation" argument as a justification for the war.
Matthew Rothschild at The Progressive disputed Obama's account that his actions were in harmony with the War Powers Act. "First, the War Powers Act allows the President to send our military into hostilities only when there is 'a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces,'" he writes. "There was no such national emergency here. Libya did not attack the U.S." Rothschild goes on to argue that labeling the conflict a "limited operation" doesn't legitimize the president's actions. "Nor does saying the action is against one of the 'worst tyrants in the world.'"