As previously announced, I am lead counsel representing members of Congress challenging the Libyan War. The White House has insisted that this is not a war and that, for purposes of the war powers resolution, there are no “hostilities” in Libya. Putting aside the appearance of Western forces taking out tanks and coordinating attacks with the rebels, it now appears that military personnel in the Libyan operations are being given extra pay for “imminent danger” for the non-hostilities.
Since April, the Pentagon has been paying an “extra $225 a month in “imminent danger pay” to service members who fly planes over Libya or serve on ships within 110 nautical miles of its shores.” So, let’s catch up. We can bomb a capital city, destroy tanks and enemy forces, and pay personnel hazard pay, but there are no hostilities and no war. It is so because . . . well . . . the President says it is so.
Source: Washington Post