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Lawmakers start to question Libyan conflict

by Adam Russett on June 16, 2011

The Libya conflict has been called a lot of things, as if even experts are unsure about what to call it, which is indicative of the broader issue – Americans wonder why we're there in the first place and just how much money and troops we're dedicating to it.

Republicans have decided to call President Obama out on what has been a vague mission in an effort to clarify some of the hazier details. While the White House recently presented a 32-page defense of the conflict, House Speaker John Boehner claims that it didn't "pass the straight face test."

Boehner previously cautioned Obama that the operations may be out of line with the War Powers Resolution, but the letter from the White House sought to reassure American leaders and the American people about the legality and validity of the continued involvement of the U.S. in Libya.

"The President is of the view that the current U.S. military operations in Libya are consistent with the War Powers Resolution and do not under that law require further congressional authorization," the report reads, according to CBS News.

Boehner spokesman said that the defense uses "creative arguments" to justify the actions. Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey seemed to agree with the sentiment, saying that lawmakers needed more than just a "progress report. "

Boehner also argued that the U.S. is helping with logistics for drone attacks and bombing Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's compound, according to USA Today. The increasing criticism indicates that Republicans may be considering a cut to some of the spending for the conflict in the coming days.

In fact, dissatisfied lawmakers have been found on both sides of the aisle when it comes to Libya. Ten members of the House, both Republican and Democrat, have sued the Obama administration, claiming that the war is illegal. 

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