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Not ‘Hostilities,’ Just ‘Imminent Danger’

Posted on | June 21, 2011 | 4 Comments

What U.S. forces are doing in Libya is not “hostilities,” the White House said last week — because “hostilities” is the key word in the War Powers Act, which the White House insists doesn’t apply to Libya. NATO bombs are killing civilians, but it’s not “hostilities.” However, the Pentagon is giving “imminent danger” pay to troops deployed for the Not Actually a War in Libya:

On Monday, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Pentagon’s decision was further proof that Obama’s logic is flawed.
“If members of our armed forces involved in the military action in Libya are getting ‘imminent danger’ pay, it’s one more indication that the White House claim that we aren’t involved in ‘hostilities’ just doesn’t pass the straight-face test,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

Meanwhile, watch Jay Carney spin it in this clip from the PBS Newshour:

Operation Odyssey Dawn began March 19, so we’re now past the 90-day window required for the president to notify Congress under the War Powers Act, but liberals never live by the rules they try to enforce on others, and Obama’s Illegal War™ just proves the rule.


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