Bartlett takes a stand against America's illegal war in Libya

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Congratulations to Maryland conservative Republican Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett for joining like-minded members of Congress of both parties in suing President Obama for illegally involving our country in yet a third war in Libya ("Bartlett, others sue over Libya," June 16).

This makes Rep. Bartlett the sole member of Maryland's congressional delegation to actually do something to bring this war to an end.

Rep. Bartlett's lawsuit does nothing, however, to end two other constitutionally illegal wars — in Iraq and Afghanistan. But it's a step in the right direction.

Marylanders and the nation voted against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006, 2008 and 2010. But our presidents and Congress have nonetheless gone their own merry way by ignoring the only polls that matter — the voters.

In 2012 we will have another chance to vote against these wars. I hope that the Libya lawsuit is successful. Either we have the rule of law under the Constitution and the 1973 War Powers Act or we don't. Right now, it seems we have neither.

Blaine Taylor, Towson

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