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Senator: Obama War in Libya Hypocritical

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TEHRAN, April 3 (ICANA) – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says the Obama administration's decision to intervene in Libya contradicts the president's campaign statements against military action without Congressional approval.
Sunday, April 03, 2011 11:51:18 PM
Senator: Obama War in Libya Hypocritical

Paul told a group of Iowa College Republicans on Saturday that Obama's airstrikes in Libya are hypocritical. He pointed to Obama's pre-election statement that presidents should not unilaterally authorize military action unless an imminent threat exists.

The Kentucky Republican made similar remarks in delivering a speech on the Senate floor last week.

"We are engaging in a third war at a time when our country is struggling under an enormous debt and involved in two other wars," he said, according to The Hill. "I will be very interested to see whether other senators support the candidate Barack Obama or now the hypocritical version that has become our president."

The Kentucky lawmaker said during his campaign for Senate last year that foreign policy is the issue area he finds himself most at odds with members of his own party. He raised skepticism in an interview with National Review Online about the country's military efforts in Afghanistan. Raw Story

The Obama Administration took the United States to war against Libya without bothering to notify Congress, much less obtain a constitutionally-mandated declaration of war. The Hill

As a candidate in 2007, then-Sen. Obama said a president could not unilaterally authorize military action without Congress' consent. That's just what he's now doing in Libya. slate.com

The United States and its allies have run into some criticism for the intensity of the firepower unleashed on Libya. rferl.org

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on March 23 sharpened his criticism of President Barack Obama's handling of military operations in Libya, pressing Obama over the mission's cost, leadership and exit strategy. Reuters

A senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee escalated his party's attacks on the Obama's administration's military action in Libya, calling the move unconstitutional. The Hill

Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio says President Obama may have committed an "impeachable offense" by committing U.S. military forces to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya without congressional approval. "This president has assumed power that no president, not even President Bush, has assumed,” he said. Democracy Now

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