- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

@-Text.noindent:President Obama’s decision to take military action in Libya is unconstitutional (“Obama’s illegal war,” Comment & Analysis, Monday). There was no imminent threat to the United States from the tumult in Libya, nor were there U.S. citizens or interests requiring immediate military action.

@-Text.normal:Most importantly, the power to declare war is reserved for Congress, per the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8). In 2002, President George W. Bush sought and received Congress’ approval to attack Iraq. Mr. Bush’s actions were constitutional; Mr. Obama’s are not.

The Constitution does not delegate U.S. warmaking authority to any international body. We are engaged in an illegal war we can ill afford. The United States must put an end to its military campaign in Libya at once and Mr. Obama must be held accountable for his unconstitutional actions.

@-Text.noindent:FRANK ROCKWELL

Melbourne, Fla.