U.S. Dispatches Military to “Hunt” Militants in Libya
Here it comes: President Obama is exercising his Commander-in-Chief powers, a la Durand v. Hollins:
The U.S. responded to the assault by dispatching two Navy destroyers, dozens of Marines, federal investigators and intelligence assets to Libya to protect Americans and hunt the suspected religious extremists who carried out the attack late Tuesday. U.S. officials described the attack that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens as complex and possibly premeditated.
The assault, along with a protest at the American embassy in Cairo, created a crisis atmosphere in Washington just as the presidential campaign is hitting its stretch run and fueled a harsh exchange between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney.
Mr. Obama said the U.S. will work with the Libyan government to bring attackers to justice, but he and other officials didn’t rule out a unilateral U.S. strike. “Make no mistake, justice will be done,” the president said.
Without knowing the facts on the ground, it is hard to say whether it would be appropriate or legal for the U.S. military to launch a unilateral military strike. But President Obama seems to ready to launch such an attack.