Sunday, 16 September 2012

What Kind of Military Action Requires Congressional Notification and What Kind Doesn’t

President Obama today sent a letter officially notifying Congress that he had dispatched American troops – 100 Marines – to embassies in the Middle East.
Why notify Congress?
By law, the White House has to. Consistent with the War Powers Resolution, the president has to notify Congress if he/she dispatches combat-equipped troops to a  foreign country.
Although these security forces are equipped for combat, these movements have been undertaken solely for the purpose of protecting American citizens and property. These security forces will remain in Libya and in Yemen until the security situation becomes such that they are no longer needed,” he wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

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