Our ’smart’ intervention in Libya is already escalating
It’s an escalation that was essentially predictable, the natural progress of an imprudent war of choice waged entirely at the discretion of the executive branch. This reckless endangerment of American lives mirrors the disregard the Obama administration has shown for the Constitution, Congress and public opinion by the very fact of its Libyan interventions.
Indeed, now as in 2011, there was no formal declaration of war to authorize our involvement in Libya. As in the fight against ISIS more broadly, the White House claims as cover the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which at this point functions like a blank hall-pass you steal and Xerox endlessly to get free run of the middle school.