Power Breakfast: Constitutionality Of The U.S.'s Presence In Libya Questioned | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Power Breakfast: Constitutionality Of The U.S.'s Presence In Libya Questioned

Play associated audio

"Congress has the power to stop this war in its tracks by cutting off funding," he says.

According to Kucinisch, questioning the practicality or viability of doing that now, with operations already underway, plays to the hands of those who want to sidestep the underlying issue.

"There was no Congressional approval for this," he says, "That's number one. Number two, it's against the Constitution to proceed in that way."

There's also the matter of what the U.S. can afford. The Ohio Democrat is dubious of prospects for a swift exit.

"And so this is really at a time when Congress has to step up to its role as a co-equal branch of government. This is a teachable moment. It's an important civics lesson," Kucinich says.

Kucinich isn't the only one to come forth this week with criticism about the President's decision to make this call without more input from Congress. The word he chooses to describe himself is "mystified."

"The administration obviously spent some time building support for this attack. They had time to talk to the Arab League, the UN, NATO, Great Britain and France in particular. But no time to talk to the United State Congress to ask for approval," Kucinich says.

Instead, the President sent a letter, in which he asserted his authority under the War Powers Act. His past support for the President notwithstanding, Kucinich disputes that claim.

"I like Barack Obama. I love the Constitution," he explains.

Congress isn't in session this week. But Kucinich has his proposal ready to go for his fellow lawmakers when they return.

NPR

'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.
NPR

Coffee Horror: Parody Pokes At Environmental Absurdity Of K-Cups

The market for single-serving coffee pods is dominated by Keurig's K-Cups. But they aren't recyclable, and critics say that's making a monster of an environmental mess. Meet the K-Cup Godzilla.
NPR

Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

When Blue Shield Of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.
NPR

Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.