(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Dennis Kucinich is enraged by the president's decision for the U.S. to participate in military action to aid rebels in Libya, saying he bypassed Congress' authority to declare war.
The Ohio Democrat went on a 40-minute tirade on the House floor Thursday against what he termed the "Libyan war," declaring, "we we are in a constitutional crisis because our chief executive has assumed for himself powers to wage war which are neither expressly defined nor implicit in the Constitution, nor permitted under the War Powers Act."
Kucinich alleged that Obama violated the War Powers Resolution that allows a president to move militarily without congressional approval if the nation faces "imminent danger," asserting that the threshold wasn't met in Libya.
Furthermore, the lawmaker argued that the administration used faulty rationale to explain that action was necessary because one side threatened force against the other in Libya.
Not content to stop there, Kucinich accused the president of a premeditated strike against forces loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi, alleging that Obama knew what he would do a month in advance and therefore, could have consulted Congress before acting.
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