Today an American F-15 Strike Eagle jet crashed in Libya. The two pilots safely ejected, and as of this moment one has been recovered. (UPDATE: both pilots have been safely recovered.)
Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich issued a statement Friday calling for Congress to address the President's decision to attack Libya without first notifying nor getting consent from Congress. According to the US Constitution, Article 1, Section 8 clearly states that the United States Congress has the power to declare war. The President does not.
Saturday, in a conference call with Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Mike Capuano (D-MA), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rob Andrews (D-NJ), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), "all strongly raised objections to the constitutionality of the president's actions" during the conference call, a source told Politico.
Saturday’s conference call was organized by Rep. John Larson (Conn.), chairman of the Democratic Caucus and the fourth-highest ranking party leader. Larson has called for Obama to seek congressional approval before committing the United States to any anti-Qadhafi military operation.
My biggest fear right now is that American military personnel may get captured or killed in Libya. The horrific looming specter of bodies being dragged through the streets of Tripoli may be enough to ignite calls among even those Obama-hating conservative lawmakers for the launching of a full-on Iraq-style war.
This is something we absolutely cannot afford. Hopefully they'll get this thing over quickly and get everyone safely out of there as soon as possible.