The House of Representatives has decisively voted down a resolution that would have formally authorized President Obama’s war in Libya (not that he asked). A good 70 Democrats voted against the president while only eight Republicans voted with him. By contrast, just six House Republicans voted against authorizing President Bush to wage war on Iraq.
House Democrats also used Bushian arguments in defense of Obama. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) said opponents of the resolution were “siding with Qadhafi.” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said a vote against the resolution would show the world that “America does not keep faith with its allies.” Meanwhile, Republicans sounded antiwar themes. “The president continues to involve the U.S. military in this illegal conflict,” said Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AK).
A vote on war funding will soon follow.
UPDATE: The House rejected a bill that would have cut off funding for the war.
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