Oh. Right. Libya.

Like most God-Fearing Americans, we’ve been completely ignoring the Middle East, since dictators aren’t known for dick-tweeting. But it appears our Instamatic Slumber (sorry, no prize for unpacking the references) will soon be coming to an end:

A bipartisan group of House members announced on Wednesday that it is filing a lawsuit charging that President Obama made an illegal end-run around Congress when he approved U.S military action against Libya.

“With regard to the war in Libya, we believe that the law was violated. We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies,” said Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who led the 10-member anti-war coalition with Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.).

Yes, well, Kucinich, we know. But Agent Orange is also threatening to dust off the 1973 War Powers Resolution if we don’t stop kinetically acting in Libya by Friday, and the White House is making its case today. Time to grow up and put on our Big Boy pants, we guess. And this time, leave them zipped.

Lawmakers sue President Obama over Libya [Politico]

Even my worstest enemy, if they pull us out of military conflict, I am there. This shit is crazy disturbing. Now NATO is playing cute about not targeting Ghadaffi? What the fuck is going on? All these kids already being maimed and killed in Afghanistan and Iraq for no reason, every fucking day we have to wake up with that. . . Now this. Oh, yeah, we’re watching it and we can control escalation, blah, fuck you. It’s all I can do not to scream all fucking day long.

@FlyingChainSaw: Why are there no nude Twitter-pic scandals involving the lovely Mrs. Kucinich? Life is so unfair.

Speaking of, ya gotta admit, Johnny Earle takes a mighty fine mug shot.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) was making noises earlier this week about keeping US involvement in Libya limited.

Oh, ok, NOW we’re concerned about the War Powers Act. My, my, my,comment la façon change!!

@Mistress Cynica: Elizabeth? Oh, god, yes, sweet mystery of life, yes.

@FlyingChainSaw: I agree about iraq and afghanistan, but i think we (meaning not really the me part of we) should take ghadafi out. he was/and maybe still is much more a threat to the good ole u.s. of a than saddam was. i really hoped obama would have turnt the seals loose on ghadafi after they got bin laden and put an end to his shit once and for all. remember, for all reagans tough talk about a line in the sand or ocean or whatever he was so comatosely babbling about at the time, didn’t do diddly about ghadafi when he had the chance. see my point? obama did what w the shoe dodger didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t about bin laden and then for obama to have ghadafi killed some 25 years after the god of all things republican’t didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t….what a political coup that would be and still could be. how could any teapublican’t say jack shit about national alleged security then? and the fear of that outcome may be the reason the teapublican’ts want no american action against ghadafi. they know obama is man enough to pull it off when they of course aren’t. but much more importantly, i’m not man enough to volunteer for the job so how can I sit here and demand that others put their lives on the line? and once again, we see that our foolish involvement in iraq and our continued presence in afghanistan not only wastes lives and bodies but hamstrings americas ability to take decisive action where and when it is really needed.

@Mistress Cynica: He looks greasy, like a used car salesman 3 Camrys short of his monthly quota on the penultimate day of a summer month.

@jwmcsame: All agreed but there is a vast spectrum of engagement available up to direct attack and activation of NATO. I’ve had enough pre-emptive strike for this lifetime.

And here’s the follow-up:

In a broader package of materials the Obama administration is sending to Congress on Wednesday defending its Libya policy, the White House, for the first time, offers lawmakers and the public an argument for why Mr. Obama has not been violating the War Powers Resolution since May 20.

On that day, the Vietnam-era law’s 60-day deadline for terminating unauthorized hostilities appeared to pass. But the White House argued that the activities of United States military forces in Libya do not amount to full-blown “hostilities” at the level necessary to involve the section of the War Powers Resolution that imposes the deadline.

As always, any analysis must substitute “President Bush” to be valid.

@nojo: We bomb from love, not hostility.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: Blame the earthquake and tsumani for the shortage of Camrys.

@nojo: He said “package.”

@FlyingChainSaw: i know. i’m just saying kill ghadafi with the seals and let the rebels (libyan, not ole miss) take care of the rest. had w the shoe dodger stayed out of iraq and used unconventional forces to take out al qaeda and taliban leaders like the special forces were meant to be used, all would be much better now. obamas on the right track, he’s just not moving fast enough.

if there are any college baseball fans here, the cws starts this weekend and is much better than mlb these days (unfortunately for mlb, but they have only themselves to blame). the tennessee vols just hired away dave serrano from fullerton st, an under-appreciated college baseball power house out west. the train wreck that has been mens sports here on rocky top lately may be getting back on track finally. we just had our mens athletic director resign and he has been replaced by 67 year old joan cronan, the lady vols athletic director who is now running the mens show on an interim basis. imagine that, a woman running a mens athletic department in the SEC. ’bout time considering the way the lady vols win championships while obeying rules and such and not cheating. unfortunately, a clean successful SEC mens program hadn’t been seen ’round here in a while.

@jwmcsame: Had dinner with a Fullerton grad last night. She was very proud of the school’s beisbol program.

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