First the reversal on closing Guantanamo and today Obama reversed course by ordering a military strike in Libya without congressional authorization.
“The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.”
As Commander-in-Chief, the President does have a duty to protect and defend the United States. In instances of self-defense, the President would be within his constitutional authority to act before advising Congress or seeking its consent. History has shown us time and again, however, that military action is most successful when it is authorized and supported by the Legislative branch. It is always preferable to have the informed consent of Congress prior to any military action.- Barack Obama – 2007
UPDATE: FROM Chad Pergram
Urgent: Kucinich calls today’s action “grave” and without “constitutional authority.”
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Comment from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) who is concerned that the president did not seek a resolution from Congress before authorizing today’s air strikes.
“This is a grave matter because such an attack is specifically without the required constitutional authority.”