In March 2011, the first thought that came to mind when the Obama Administration publicly discussed U.S.-Libya support operations – i.e., the writ of the international community – was Yul Brynner’s line in the epic 1956 movie, The Ten Commandments: “So let it be written, so let it be done.”
The POLITICO’s ARENA posed a question to DC folks earlier today on this issue. My response is here. They are asking about it because several Members of Congress have filed a lawsuit claiming that the Obama Administration is violating the War Power Act.
There is also an administration memo making the rounds on the Hill that elaborates on the policy justifications for U.S. support operations. Unfortunately, their mindset is still in the “so let it be written, so let it be done” mode. Rather than clearly state what is in the U.S. national interest, it cites U.N. Security Council Resolutions and humanitarian concerns as a primary reason for engagement.