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U.S. Congress challenges President Obama's power to make war

This extraordinary news report (available on YouTube Obama 'ignore' button: Congress has a say? (also embedded within this article) describes U.S Congress's challenges to President Obama's powers to make war against a foreign nation without approval from congress.

See also: Libya conflict: Backlash ensues to Obama's refusal to seek Congress's nod of 18 Jun 11 by Cheryl Sullivan on Christian Science Monitor, US-NATO are Planning a Ground War in Libya, Military Intervention in Syria of 18 Jun 11 by Bob Chapman on Global Research.

The YouTube broadcast Obama 'ignore' button: Congress has a say? (also embedded below) describes U.S Congress's challenges to President Obama's powers to make war against a foreign nation without approval from congress. Near the end of the broadcast (3' 46" into the 4' 22" broadcast) Author David Swanson remarked:

Congressman Dennis Kucinich was debating a former lawyer from the Reagan White House who was defending Obama and he asked this guy twice -- never got an answer -- "If there were 2,000 missions over the United States by a foreign nation and many of them were dropping bombs, would that be war? Would that be hostilities?"

See also: Libya conflict: Backlash ensues to Obama's refusal to seek Congress's nod of 18 Jun 11 by Cheryl Sullivan on Christian Science Monitor, US-NATO are Planning a Ground War in Libya, Military Intervention in Syria of 18 Jun 11 by Bob Chapman on Global Research.

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This is an amazing piece of news commentary because it reports so very frankly on how people in the US don't want the war and also how people in Libya don't want it. It also illustrates the war with realistic footage of injuries that are its consequence.

RT Media have a lot of interesting reports on You Tube. Here is another about protests in Latin America at US training schools that have produced violent officials, where reporters were arrested, apparently for filming the protests.

http://www.youtube.com/embed/1LyU0z_WpCU

Pertinent arguments about Obama's claim that the US is not engaged in hostilities against Libya are cited in the Christian Science Monitor article linked to above:

UN resolution on Libya: Does it let allies target Qaddafi?

* “An honest appraisal of the activities that the United States continues to engage in would put the administration squarely within the purview of the War Powers Resolution,” the Washington Post editorial board opined Thursday, noting continuing US airstrikes, use of Predator drones, and logistical and intelligence support.

* “It is absurd to say that US forces are engaged in Libya for purely humanitarian missions,” wrote Fox News contributor and former State Department adviser Christian Whiton, on Friday. “Were this true, we would not be striking Tripoli directly, including repeated strikes on Qaddafi’s headquarters.”

* And from House Speaker John Boehner on Friday: “The White House’s suggestion that there are no ‘hostilities’ taking place in Libya defies rational thought.”

The Financial Times newspaper has reported that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy, the former coloniser of Libya "has voiced serious doubts about the success of the NATO mission over Libya , saying he had been against the operation from the outset.he had been against the operation from the outset."

"Mr Berlusconi said he felt forced to go along with the mission despite his doubts because of political pressures inside Italy.

“'I was against this measure,' Mr Berlusconi said at a book presentation in Rome. 'I had my hands tied by the vote of the parliament of my country. But I was against – and I am against – this intervention which will end in a way that no one knows.'"

However Italy is still allowing its territory to be used for NATO air strikes against Libya.

Berlosconi's reason for his personal prior silence and effective acquisition to the unprovoked war against the Libyan nation including the 1,000,000 (or 1,700,000 reported in Mathaba) of its 7,000,000 population who demonstrated in support of Colonel Ghaddafi on 7 July, hardly seems compelling, but his preparedness to speak out now may be an indication an indication that the strength of the Libyan people's defiance of NATO may have been more than the US/NATO warmongers had bargained for.