Felicia Sonmerz article, “Libya conflict sparks War Powers debate in Senate,” speaks to an issue that is common among presidents. (Please leave all the calls of hypocrisy at the door. This story demonstrates both sides of the aisle have it, so remember the old line: “if you have a log in your eye, don’t point out the twig in another.”) Her article details only what is happening: Six Republican senators are asking President Obama if he would cease action in Libya in line with the 1973 War Powers Resolution. I hope to give some political analysis as to what the War Powers Act is, how this is the same old presidential story (i.e., no side can really point fingers), and what is likely to happen.
According to a recent article by The Washington Times, ex-al-Qaeda and Hezbollah Jihadists are joining forces with the Libyan rebels against Quaddafi. This plus the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, though saying they will sit this one out, seems like a sweeping wave of pro-Islamic nations (meaning radical). However, the article states that the interim in charge of the opposition is seeking “diplomatic elections, not an Islamic republic.” The future of the Middle East will be something interesting to see in five (5) years.