Faced with Monday night’s House vote to withhold funding and demands from both parties to provide a justification for the conflict, the Obama Administration today claimed that the War Powers Act doesn’t not apply to the Libya War.
The administration’s argument is that the Libyan War is not technically a war from America’s perspective, since they are only playing a “support” role for NATO’s attacks. Despite this claim, the US has continued to fire missiles of its own at Libya and has troops deployed in the conflict.
The later of which is the actual test under the War Powers Act‘s language, as it requires the administration to seek Congressional authorization for any use of forces beyond a 60 day grace period. Such authorization has not been granted, and it is now nearly 90 days since the attacks began.