Lugar heads to White House for meeting on potential Libya attack

The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says that, under the Constitution, President Obama must seek congressional approval to attack Libya, something Defense Secretary Robert Gates said would be the first step of instituting a no-fly zone the United Nations just approved.

Now, Sen. Richard Lugar, Indiana Republican, is heading to the White House for a meeting about the issue at 12:30, according to Lugar spokesman Mark Helmke.

The meeting comes one day after Lugar insisted congressional authorization is needed for any attack on Libya at a committee hearing.

“If we are going to declare war against Libya, we ought to have a congressional declaration of war,” Lugar said.

President Obama, Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton all insisted as candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination that presidents need congressional authorization to attack foreign countries in all but emergency situations.

“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,” Obama said as a candidate and then-senator.

  • Kurtis D. Davis

    Let’s see here—Osama bin Laden makes one attack on the U.S., and the whole country agrees that he waged war. But Soetoro/Obama unleashes a massive bombardment on Libya, and that is something other than war, which does not require Congressional approval. ONLY A LIAR CAN HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!

  • krjohnson

    If there is no “actual or imminent threat to our nation” why in the heck would we commit our troops? The US military is not humanitarian organization. It’s meant to defend the country and fight and win wars. This is insane.

  • kingfish

    Every American should be OUTRAGED that Obama and zionist Senator Lieberman has started ANOTHER war! For it to be at the DIRECTION of Israel, AIPAC, and the same war-mongering PNAC Neocons is even more disgusting! Notice that Americans didn’t even have time to react to the U.N. declaration before they’re telling us American troops will be on the ground. The emails and calls to the White House and congress should OVERWHELM these criminals..



  • kingfish

    Farrakhan to Obama on Libya, “WHO IN THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?”


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