Libya Showdown: House Gives Obama Ultimatum

Make the legal case or get out!

President Obama has until this Friday to give his legal argument to continue military involvement in Libya.  House Speaker John Boehner told the President in a letter that if he did not make the legal case then he will be in violation of the 1973 War Powers Act.  From The Blaze:

Ratcheting up the pressure, the Ohio Republican said in a letter to the White House that the administration clearly will be in violation of the 1973 War Powers Act this weekend. Obama did not seek congressional consent for the operation within 60 days of the March 19 U.S. airstrikes against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.

“Given the mission you have ordered to the U.S. Armed Forces with respect to Libya and the text of the War Powers Resolution, the House is left to conclude that you have made one of two determinations: either you have concluded the War Powers Resolution does not apply to the mission in Libya or you have determined the War Powers Resolution is contrary to the Constitution,” Boehner wrote. “The House and the American people whom we represent deserve to know the determination you have made.”

Boehner complained that the administration has provided briefings for lawmakers but has not sought formal authorization. Seeking an explanation, he asked Obama for answers to constitutional and statutory questions by Friday.

Do you remember a time when Obama said that the U.S. involvement will be very limited in scope and term?  Now approaching the 60 days mark we are still involved in Libya, a nation that unlike Iraq and Afghanistan posed no national or regional security threat, and we have added (or increased involvement in) Yemen.  Yemen at least does compliment the War on Terror.  But Libya?  And from a President that campaigned on pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan quickly after getting into office?  I think many Americans would agree that there is a greater national security threat along our border with Mexico than in Libya.  At least one of the Republican presidential hopefuls, Newt Gingrich, understands that point.  He made this comment during the recent primary debate:

You break this down. Herman Cain’s essentially right, you break it down. First of all, you control the border. We can ask the National Guard to go to Iraq. We ask the National Guard to go to Kuwait. We ask the National Guard to go to Afghanistan. Somehow we would have done more for American security if we had had the National Guard on the border.