White House denies violating War Powers Act in report to Congress on Libya

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent a report to Congress Wednesday
insisting that he did not exceed his powers in ordering US military action in
Libya.

Officials said that the 30-page report justifies US action in the mission to
protect civilians and target the forces of Moamer Kadhafi and contains a
detailed legal analysis showing Washington’s role is permitted under US law.

It came amid rising criticism among even some of Obama’s allies on the
operation and Obama’s authority to wage it, along with questions about the
ultimate US goal in Libya and the mounting cost of the action.

But senior Obama aides said the US role in the NATO-led operation, now
largely confided to a support mission, did not rise to the level of warfare that
the Act says must be endorsed by lawmakers under the 1973 War Powers Act.

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