The Libya Hawks gather. Not that you or your Congressional representatives have a say or anything, but the USA will be voting at 6pm at the UN Security Council on a no-fly-zone resolution for Libya.
Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Indiana), the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations panel and a frequent administration ally, told a top State Department official Thursday that the Obama administration should come to Congress to approve a declaration of war before agreeing to action at the United Nations.
Gee, ya think?
"Is the administration authorized to enter conflict with Libyan forces without a declaration of war?" Lugar asked Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns, who testified to the panel Thursday on the Middle East. "If the administration is going to participate in selective civil wars where people will be shot, what is your view about Congress?"
"I agree with you that we need to be extra careful in how we approach these things and that we approach them with a sense of humility," Burns responded. "That is why the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have placed so much emphasis on the importance of an international response that is authorized by the UN Security Council and placed so much importance on Arab partnership on any such effort."
So that's State's view about Congress: the UN Security Council and "Arab partnership" matter a whole lot more.
Here's all you need to know about why US intervention is Libya would be an abomination by Andy McCarthy. Bonus: the incredible fact via John Rosenthal that no one even knows who all of the leaders of "the rebels" are.