Argument: UN authorization of Libyan war no substitute for Congr approval

Issue Report: US and NATO intervention in Libya


The lawsuit against President Obama aims to protect the American public from 3) the policy that a president may commit the United States to a war under the authority of the United Nations without authorization from Congress.[1]

“EDITORIAL: Obama’s illegal war.” The Washington Times Editorial. March 18th, 2011: “With Thursday’s passage of United Nations Security Council resolution 1973, the United States is set to go to war against Libya. Removing Moammar Gadhafi from power would probably advance the cause of freedom, but the United Nations has no legal authority to take a step of this magnitude. By bowing to the will of the U.N. Security Council, President Obama is diluting the sovereign power of the United States.”

Bruce Ackerman. “Obama’s Unconstitutional War.” Foreign Policy. March 24th, 2011: “Obtaining a U.N. Security Council resolution has legitimated U.S. bombing raids under international law. But the U.N. Charter is not a substitute for the U.S. Constitution, which gives Congress, not the president, the power ‘to declare war.'”