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Obama's Libya Attack Angers Bay Area Lawmakers

Publication Date: 
March 22, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Carolyn Lochhead

Professor Allen Weiner, Director of the International Law Program, is quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle on the effect President Obama’s commitment to send military forces to Libya has on Congress.

Bay Area Democrats charged Monday that President Obama violated the law and the Constitution when he committed to military force in Libya, reaching rare consensus with several Republicans who also questioned whether the intervention has an end goal.

"The president has violated the War Powers Resolution," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose.

Lofgren read the 1973 law aloud in a telephone interview from San Jose. It allows three instances when the president can use force: "(1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces."


But Allen Weiner, director of the international law program at Stanford University, said, "That's a political catastrophe for Congress because the president gets to say they are leaving the troops without the resources they need."