Congress Scolds Obama for Doing the War in Libya All on His Own

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 02: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers reporters' questions during his weekly news conference in the Capitol Visitors Center June 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. Boehner said that he wants President Barack Obama to engage more directly in the current budget negotiations. When asked about Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and the purported hack of his Twitter account, Boehner deflected the questions and referred all reporter to Weiner himself. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Photo: Chip Somodevilla/2011 Getty Images

The House of Representatives has been miffed about President Obama's handling of America's involvement in Libya from the very start. In addition to the lack of a clear objective or strategy, Obama declined to seek Congress's permission for the prolonged military action, and Congress doesn't typically like it when that happens. Finally today, over two months after the war began, the House, in a 268–145 vote that crossed party lines, passed a resolution rebuking Obama and demanding "more information about the scope, cost and duration of the intervention." A much more hostile measure to Obama's war policy, one sponsored by Dennis Kucinich, would have compelled Obama to cease all operations in Libya within fifteen days, but it failed on a 148–265 vote.

House approves Boehner's Libya resolution, rejects Kucinich proposal [Hill]
Party lines blur as House debates Kucinich, Boehner Libya resolutions [2chambers/WP]