Does Obama have a fool for a client?
President Obama, former adjunct Constitutional law professor, has taken on the role of WH legal counsel, indeed legal counsel for other more involved departments as well, in determining that what the US is doing in Libya is not "hostilities." Pentagon and Dept. of Justice legal opinions were rejected.
President Obama rejected the views of top lawyers at the Pentagon and the Justice Department when he decided that he had the legal authority to continue American military participation in the air war in Libya without Congressional authorization, according to officials familiar with internal administration deliberations.
Jeh C. Johnson, the Pentagon general counsel, and Caroline D. Krass, the acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, had told the White House that they believed that the United States military’s activities in the NATO-led air war amounted to “hostilities.” Under the War Powers Resolution, that would have required Mr. Obama to terminate or scale back the mission after May 20.
But Mr. Obama decided instead to adopt the legal analysis of several other senior members of his legal team — including the White House counsel, Robert Bauer, and the State Department legal adviser, Harold H. Koh — who argued that the United States military’s activities fell short of “hostilities.” Under that view, Mr. Obama needed no permission from Congress to continue the mission unchanged.
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate president now cements and extends the right of US presidents to define "hostilities," and to use any armaments anywhere for these "kinetic actions."
Purportedly Abraham Lincoln said that "A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client."