On the House floor Thursday, Rep. Ron Paul pointed out that imposing a so-called no-fly zone on Libya would be illegal under international law and an act of war.
“I’m preparing to introduce a resolution next week, and it’s a sense of Congress, that the executive branch can’t do this without approval from the Congress,” said Paul.
Paul is one of 10 House members who sponsored a resolution earlier in the week to direct the president to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
“We have to remember, a no-fly zone is an act of war,” he noted. “You can’t just all of a sudden turn a switch and say don’t fly over Libya. You have to bomb a lot of anti-aircraft sites and a lot of military establishment. So the war is on.”
“Now, what moral right do we have to participate in war activity against Libya?” he asked. “Libya hasn’t done anything to the United States. It would be foolish, it would have a downside, and we should think very, very carefully before we go expanding the wars that we’re already involved in.”