Glenn Greenwald has an interesting post titled, “The War in Libya Growing More Illegal by the Day.” I was curious what he could mean by that, and was surprised to learn:
To the extent that the War Powers Resolution (WPR) authorized President Obama to fight a war in Libya for 60 days without Congressional approval — and, for reasons I described here, it did not — that 60-day period expired 12 days ago. Since that date, the war has been unquestionably illegal even under the original justifications of Obama defenders, though I realize that objecting to “illegal wars” — or wars generally — is so very 2005. After making clear that they intended to contrive “some plausible theory” to justify this illegal war, the White House finally settled on the claim that the war in Libya — despite featuring substantial U.S. military action with the goal of destroying a foreign army and removing that nation’s leader — is too small and limited to be a real “war” under the Constitution and the WPR.
Even the White House seemed to recognize the absurdity of that excuse — the WRP explicitly applies “in any case in which United States Armed Forces are introduced (1) into hostilities” — and the President thus subsequently requested a Resolution from Congress approving the war. That authorization, however, never came…
Also, GG has a neat post summarizing the budding anti-war alliances among the “far” left and Tea Party right in Congress.