Tag Archives: Libya

The Post-War on Terror Republican Party

Moammar Ghadafi’s death comes as just the most recent in a string of events putting the lie, conclusively, to the notion that Democrats are too weak, diplomatic, even-tempered, internationalist, or what-have-you to lead the American military. And every day the country survives without a terrorist attack counts as one more blow to the theory that […]

The American Concept in Libya

A few months back, The New Yorker attempted to set out a synthesis explaining the President’s foreign policy strategy, as applied to Libya, the “Arab Spring,” and beyond. They concluded that the administration was attempting to “lead from behind” — which David Remnick corrects to “leading from behind the scenes” — by pushing for American […]

Stuxnet: a Hypothetical on the Changing Face of Unilateral War Power Problem

On this site, we’ve spent a fair bit of time arguing about whether the current military action in Libya was “authorized” (no), whether it therefore becomes unconstitutional (no), and whether it should be unconstitutional (maybe). Here’s a variant on the theme. Can the President order a cyber attack on a foreign power, despite the absence […]

Picking a Better Framework for Starting (and Maintaining) Wars

A while back, I argued that because the War Powers Resolution doesn’t treat anything less than a ground war as a war, Obama’s handling of Libya is, whatever else it may be, constitutional. I still think that’s true: the legislative history plainly contemplates restricting only the President’s right to start a ground war, and the text of the […]

The “Bush-Obama” View of Warfare

Joe Scarborough rightly tags a particularly absurd nascent media narrative: that the GOP’s opposition to President Obama’s Libya intervention constitutes “isolationism.” It doesn’t. First, to ascribe a particular ideological label to the Republican Party’s position here posits an actual, unitary, coherent worldview. Maybe that’s a reasonable assumption with other major political actors, but the Republican […]

Are We At War?

Several House members — including America’s nonviolent Tom Zarek, Dennis Kucinich — will sue President Obama, to enjoin the ongoing fighting in Libya. I hope I don’t have to tell you that this is going nowhere. The form of the law almost doesn’t matter, because the Court will simply punt based on the political question […]

Towards an “Obama Doctrine”: the Efficient Hegemon

I’ve recently acquired a decent respect for Joe Scarborough. He seems, to a certain extent, to defy easy labeling as another mouth of the hydra-headed, but uniformly extreme, Republican Party (e.g.). But that respect has its limits. In a Politico op-ed, Scarborough asks where the liberal outrage is over Libya — he apparently reads neither […]

Neocon Support for Libya Bespeaks Caution: Clarifying War Powers

It’s charming to see ultra-conservative Mark Levin rush to Obama’s defense, against charges that the war in Libya was started illegally. And equally satisfying to see him get the justification so very wrong. Says Mark Levin, declarations of war are mere formalities, which can be dispensed with unless (and until) you need money to run […]

Presidential Character Arcs: Executive Power

The National Review joins publications on both sides of the aisle nailing President Obama for breaking his promise to avoid undeclared, unilateral wars. Two problems. First, on the indicated text, candidate Obama made no such promise. Nor would it have been responsible for him to do so. Second, query whether a promise to avoid undeclared, […]

War Powers

I’m baffled by a conservatism that proudly proclaims the righteousness of Bush’s war of impulse, yet denounces the current Libya adventure as “illegal.” Granted, the Iraq War was duly authorized — albeit on knowingly incomplete information, recklessly relied on — but this is the conservative movement that trumpeted Congress’ 9/11 authorization of the use of […]


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