The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 13, 2013
Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate Regarding the War Powers Resolution
TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
AND THE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE OF THE SENATE
January 13, 2013
Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)
On January 11, 2013, French forces conducted an operation in Somalia in which they attempted to rescue a French citizen being held hostage by al-Shabaab. United States forces provided limited technical support to the French forces in that operation, but took no direct part in the assault on the compound where it was believed the French citizen was being held hostage. United States combat aircraft briefly entered Somali airspace to support the rescue operation, if needed. These aircraft did not employ weapons during the operation. The U.S. forces that supported this operation left Somalia by approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 11, 2013.
I directed U.S. forces to support this rescue operation in furtherance of U.S. national security interests, and pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct U.S. foreign relations and as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive.
I am providing this report as part of my efforts to keep the Congress fully informed, consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148). I appreciate the support of the Congress in this action.
France in botched rescue attempt in Somalia
AlJazeeraEnglish·Jan 12, 2013
A French hostage has reportedly been killed during a failed rescue attempt in Somalia. One French commando was killed and another is missing. Intelligence agent Denis Allex was captured by al-Shabab fighters in Mogadishu in 2009. But there’s some confusion, as al-Shabab insists the hostage and missing commando are alive and in their custody. Al Jazeera’s Rory Challands reports.
France not speaking truth on Somalia: Nii Akuetteh
PressTVGlobalNews·Jan 13, 2013
A political analyst tells Press TV that the French knew once they get involved in Mali, their hostage in Somalia might be killed so they must have decided to rescue their hostage from Somalia.
The comments came after Somali al-Shabab militants killed two French commandos involved in a botched operation to free a French secret agent taken hostage in the African country more than three years ago.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Nii Akuetteh, African policy analyst, to further discuss the issue.
Barack Obama’s Executive Order: Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency with Respect to Somalia
Horn of Africa: US Proxy War in Somalia Veers Towards Regional Conflict by Finian Cunningham
Mali New Prey To West Imperialist Quest by Finian Cunningham + Nii Akuetteh: UN Approves Intervention in Mali
West’s ‘Scramble for Africa’ terror pretext in Mali by Finian Cunningham
Videos on Somalia
Videos on Mali
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As the US is the world’s one super-power, it seems that representatives of EVERYWHERE should be in the Legislature, eh? The oppressed and colonized should have SOMETHING to say, eh? Even Puerto Rico and DC get to vote on NOTHING … among other “territories” ..It would be “to laugh”, if it all weren’t so sad and tyrannical ..
Excellent point, V. I agree the whole world should be able to vote for the US president, and Congress, too as what they do affects the whole world.
Thanks for the additional info, carinaragno.
most welcome, am seriously upset over this crap. why do we pay Congress if we are ruled by dictator and they are just dropped notes/letters/and ex o’s to notify them of King O’s sole decisions
i am doing a blog on this, there are 535 voting reps @ average 174,000 per year salary that is over 93 million a year we would save alone, not to mention the benefits and reps on retirement … bring you link when get post completed
Wow, they are definitely overpaid, especially considering their benefits and “perks”.
It’s also time to re-think the Senate and have better representation for the population verses the 2 per state like we have now.
you are not kidding, i agree … if they don’t represent us they are fired, and we need a way to ensure that happens immediately not next election
btw that is just average rate, some get more
they should have to present a business plan and sign it like a contract, to include el presidente … with a way for us to expel them from position without impeachment but by popular vote
still working on post, but did come up with rough estimate while searching for info on retiree benefits
How much do Congressional pay and benefits cost taxpayers? … a rough estimate of $6 billion per year spent on Congressional pay and benefits
Thanks for the update. Yes, their pensions are incredible and after “working” for so few number of years they have full pensions for the rest of their lives. Nice to be able to write your own pension benefits and vote on it, too.