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House Dem: US President Becoming 'An Absolute Monarch'

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TEHRAN, June 25 (ICANA) – A House Democrat has warned that the U.S. president is becoming an "absolute monarch" on matters related to his authority to start a war.
Saturday, June 25, 2011 10:21:36 PM
House Dem: US President Becoming 'An Absolute Monarch'

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on Friday that Congress must act to limit funding for military operations in Libya in order to correct that trend.

“We have been sliding for 70 years to a situation where Congress has nothing to do with the decision about whether to go to war or not, and the president is becoming an absolute monarch,” Nadler said on the floor. "And we must put a stop to that right now, if we don't want to become an empire instead of a republic."

Nadler stressed that he is not talking exclusively about "this president," meaning President Obama. But he said nonetheless that Congress needs to reassert its authority to declare war, and said this should be done even over concerns that it would damage U.S. credibility with its NATO allies.

"I think that the nation's credibility, that is to say its promise to go to war as backed by the president, not by the Congress, ought to be damaged," he said. The Hill

 

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The war in Libya has been illegal under the Vietnam-era Act since May 20, when President Obama missed the 60-day deadline for obtaining congressional consent for the conflict.

The White House argues the U.S. role in Libya does not constitute "hostilities" and is therefore not covered under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which requires the president to seek authorization from Congress 60 days after notifying lawmakers of a military action. The Hill

Obama's reasoning is in stark contrast with the Pentagon's decision in April to pay an extra $225 a month in "imminent danger pay" to service members who fly planes over Libya or serve on ships within 110 nautical miles of its shores, according to the Washington Post.

A Pentagon memo shows that the cost of America's involvement in the war in Libya is around $2 million per day, putting the cost well ahead of previous estimates of $40 million a month to more like $60 million a month. Antiwar

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