Obama went lawyer shopping for War Powers Act opinion

So what if the top legal advisors at the Pentagon and Department of Justice told the president he had to get congressional authorization for the war in Libya? Obama was sure he could find someone to split the necessary legal hairs to find him justification to make war without pesky democratic checks and balances like, you know, the law standing in his way. To say that the legal justification Obama accepted from other attorneys is weak, a stretch, contradictory, and without merit is just getting started in a critique of the president's actions. He actually overrode the top legal minds in government when it comes to warmaking in order to give congress the back of his hand. New York Times: Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military's activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to "hostilities." Under the War Powers...(Read Full Post)

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