Argument: Libya war weakens War Powers; makes going to war easier

Issue Report: US and NATO intervention in Libya


Bruce Ackerman and Oona Hathaway. “Death of the War Powers Act.” Washington Post. May 17th, 2011: “Once Obama crosses the Rubicon, future presidents will simply cite Libya when they unilaterally commit America to far more ambitious NATO campaigns. If nothing happens, history will say that the War Powers Act was condemned to a quiet death by a president who had solemnly pledged, on the campaign trail, to put an end to indiscriminate warmaking.”

David Bromwich. “The Bipartisan Case Against U.S. Involvement in Libya.” The Huffington Post. June 20th, 2011: “The high bar set by the Constitution for taking the country to war was lowered a long notch further by President Obama’s circumvention of Congress on Libya. In the March 19 announcement of his decision, Obama stepped into one more war of choice, appealing, as he did so, to an even weaker standard of urgency than any of his predecessors.”