The PJ Tatler

US Libya mission to go on indefinitely

The Obama administration never bothered to seek Congressional approval for the Libya mission, and is running up against the War Powers Act’s 60 limit next Friday. But the WH has found a way around that: Don’t call it a war.

As a congressional deadline on military action in Libya looms next Friday, and both Republicans and Democrats onCapitol Hill question the mission, the situation on the ground is at a stalemate two months after the conflict started.

President Obama, through his constitutional authority with the War Powers Act, gave the go-ahead for the Libyan mission, which included military support on a United Nations resolution enforcing a no-fly zone. The administration however does not classify the conflict as a “war.”

“Kinetic military action,” then, is a semantic way around Congress?