Lynn Woolsey lets loose on Obama’s Libya stance

“Contempt for the Constitution,” “flies in the face of common sense” and “an insult to the American people” is the kind of hot rhetoric Rep. Lynn Woolsey used to level at our immediate past President.

But there Woolsey, D-Petaluma, was firing those verbal bullets at President Barack Obama today, after argued he doesn’t need Congressional authorization under the War Powers Act for U.S. involvement in Libya because our efforts there fall short of full-blown hostilities.

Obama released the unclassified section of a report entitled “United States Activities in Libya,” providing his Administration’s answers to questions received from House members and Senators; a cover letter from the Defense and State departments to House Speaker John Boehener; and a letter from himself to Congress.

Here’s Woolsey’s full statement:

“The Obama Administration’s argument is one that shows contempt for the Constitution and for the executive’s co-equal branch of government, the United States Congress. To say that our aggressive bombing of Libya does not rise to the level of ‘hostilities’ flies in the face of common sense and is an insult to the intelligence of the American people. This act must not stand, because we can’t afford another full-blown war—the ones we’re already fighting are bankrupting us morally and fiscally. Let those who support the military campaign against Libya make their case, in an open debate culminating with a vote in the U.S. Congress. The American people deserve nothing less.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.