When Barack Obama took the United States into war against Libya last year, he broke the law. He never got congressional authorization, as required by the Constitution and by the War Powers Resolution. As a result, the default attitude now is that a President will be able to start a war at whim unless specific action is taken to stop it.
Democratic partisans have brushed off concerns about the precedent set by Obama’s actions. They’ve said that the rush to war was justified by the outcome: Libya got rid of a tyrant. The Libyan people could now be free!
Are the Libyan people free now? Not according to Amnesty International, which finds that the militias that the United States funded and gave weapons to are now torturing and killing prisoners with impunity.