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Jules Lobel in the Washington Post on Lack of Congressional Authorization for Libyan Military Action

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May 22, 2011

Professor Jules Lobel discussed Congressional inaction on the President's use of American military force in Libya in the Washington Post.  HIstorically, despite calls for presidents to seek Congressional authorization for military action, many presidents have not done so, and Congress has not always been eager to force the president's hand.  According to Professor Lobel, Congress will often fail to act because “[i]f you authorize it, and it turns out badly, you’re on the line. And if you refuse to authorize it, the president then says, ‘We’re weak, and it’s because Congress is weak.’ ” The story ran in numerous publications around the country.

 

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