U.S. forces STILL flying hundreds of bombing raids over Libya as Obama says America is only playing a limited role
Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula told the Air Force Times that it was not surprising that the U.S. is conducting strike missions.
He said: 'Its no surprise to me that weve been participating, because were a member of NATO.'
The news comes as a debate rages in Washington over the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which calls for the president to ask Congress for permission to deploy American forces into combat for a period longer than 60 days.
Under fire: The Obama administration has been criticised for the use of U.S. forces in Libya
Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Dunlap, now associate director of the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security said: 'Its not necessarily a violation of the War Powers Resolution.
'It does raise questions about the scope and intensity of our participation versus how its been represented.'
However Robert Turner, co-founder of the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia said: 'Legally, this is his discretion, but he is in clear violation of the statute.
'The reason hes not bound by that is because the statute is clearly unconstitutional.'
The Obama administration has said that the War Powers Resolution does not apply to the Libya operation because the U.S. role is limited.
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