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Obama authority to act under challenge

Obama authority to act under challenge

President Barack Obama's authority to order military action against Libya without congressional approval is being challenged, and congressional critics are using candidate Obama's words against him.
In a Dec. 20, 2007, interview with The Boston Globe, Obama was asked about the president's constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking authorization from Congress. Obama said the U.S. Constitution does not give the president the power to authorize a military attack unilaterally in a situation that does not involve a threat to the United States.
In a Monday letter to Congress, Obama said he authorized military action against Libya as part of a "multilateral response authorized under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973."
He said he directed the actions as commander in chief and they were in the interests of U.S. national security.


Updated : 2021-04-23 20:37 GMT+08:00