Nobel Peace Prize Committee:
The Nobel Peace Prize 2009 was awarded to Barack H. Obama "for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples".
United Nations charter:
4. All Members [ of the United Nations ] shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state
All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
The Congress shall have Power … to declare War
War Powers Resolution, actual text:
The constitutional powers of the President as Commander-in-Chief to introduce United States Armed Forces into hostilities, or into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances, are exercised only pursuant to (1) a declaration of war, (2) specific statutory authorization, or (3) a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.
War Powers Resolution, commentary:
The War Powers Resolution has been violated in the past…
All incidents have had congressional disapproval, but none have had any successful legal actions taken against the president for violations.
President Obama's Press Secretary Jay Carney's 26 August 2013 briefing:
Q: Would the President act without congressional or U.N. authorization? …
Jay Carney: …When it comes to Congress, we’re consulting with Congress and will continue to do that…
Q: Can you detail the consultations with Congress that have gone on so far? Because there are many members of Congress who believe they have not been consulted.
Jay Carney: I think members of Congress with a particular interest in this matter have been consulted
Q: What would the legal basis be for a military strike?
Jay Carney: I'm not going to speculate
Q: Do you need Congress to act on anything? …
Jay Carney: I don't want to speculate
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