This is astonishing. Why would an administration that is so visibly unsure of itself when it comes to the application of military power go out of its way to invite a challenge from a Congress that otherwise looks indisposed to challenge it?“The White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during a classified briefing to House members Wednesday afternoon.
“Clinton was responding to a question from Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) about the administration's response to any effort by Congress to exercise its war powers, according to a senior Republican lawmaker who attended the briefing.”
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Imperial Presidency Watch (cont.)
I suggested earlier today that the administration is sticking its thumb in Congress’s eye by prosecuting military action in Libya without even consulting seriously with congressional leaders, much less securing congressional authorization. Make that a thumb and two fingers: