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House Debates Two Pro-War Resolutions on Libya


This morning, the House of Representatives is debating a pair of pro-war resolutions surrounding the war in Libya, with the first vote echoing the McCain/Kerry “one year authorization” bill in the Senate and the other masquerading as the antiwar choice.

While the first bill is comparatively straightforward and lets the president do basically as he wishes for one year, the second bill is presented as “limiting” the use of funds for the war with a number of exceptions. Those “exceptions,” officials agree, are de facto authorizations to do all of those things.

Those exceptions are “search and rescue,” “intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance,” “aerial refueling,” and “operational planning,” which encompasses virtually the whole of President Obama’s current actions in the nation.

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