America goes to war to protect her borders and her national interests; in order to go to war, Congressional approval is needed, at least that is how I understand it.
Obama disagrees. According to Obama, America has a heretofore unknown “core principle” that posits that we go to war when the “entire international community” agrees that there is a “humanitarian crisis.” Obama in Chile speaks about Libya at a press conference:
“The core principle that has to be upheld here is that when the entire international community, almost unanimously, says that there is a potential humanitarian crisis about to take place, that a leader who has lost his legitimacy decides to turn his military on his own people, that we can’t simply stand by with empty words, that we have to take some sort of action. I think it’s also important to note that the way that the U.S. took leadership and managed this process ensures international legitimacy and ensures that our partners, members of the international coalition, are bearing the burden of following through on the mission as well. Because, as you know, in the past there have been times when the United States acted unilaterally or did not have full international support, and as a consequence typically it was the United States military that ended up bearing the entire burden,”
Worst. President. Ever.