President Barack Obama, the Democrat who rode a crest of anti-government and anti-war sentiment into office, now faces political heat from all sides because of a war he helped start.
Obama is under fire from all sides and faces increasing criticism from his liberal Democratic base. Even Democrats who supported President George W. Bush‘s controversial decision to invade Iraq say the U.S. involvement in Libya is a big mistake.
And normally pro-war Republicans say the President waited too long and went into war with no clear plan or goal.
House Speaker John Boehner, in a statement released by his office says “the President define for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is, better explain what America’s role is in achieving that mission, and make clear how it will be accomplished. Before any further military commitments are made, the administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved.”
Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich, one of the party’s most extreme left-wingers, even suggests the President’s unilateral decision to launch an attack on Libya without Congressional consultation beforehand could be an “impeachable offense.” And Republican Congressman Ron Paul agrees with him.
“We used to relish leading the free world,” South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News Sunday. “Now it’s almost like leading the free world is an inconvenience.”
- U.S., allies strike Libya; Some in Congress upset (capitolhillblue.com)
- Dennis Kucinich, Democratic Congressman, Questions Whether Libya Air Strikes Are ‘An Impeachable Offense’ (alternet.org)
- Top Dem rejects calls for Obama impeachment over Libya (thehill.com)
- Boehner: Obama Should Explain Libya Mission (biggovernment.com)
- Congress angered by Obama’s war in Libya (rt.com)
- Can embattled Obama recapture his old magic? (capitolhillblue.com)
- Where Is The Anti-War Movement? (andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com)
- Obama Does an End Run Around Congress and the Constitution to Hit Libya, Where’s the Anti-War Movement? (UPDATE) (sfcmac.wordpress.com)