Minnesota delegation responds to Obama’s Libya speech
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm
Several members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation were quick to respond to President Obama’s Monday night speech on military action in Libya. Rep. John Kline called for more clarity while Rep. Betty McCollum said the Libyan people must remove Qaddafi. Rep. Michele Bachmann, always prepared to throw verbal bombs at the president, said that “President Obama is taking sides with Palestine over Israel” by supporting NATO action in Libya.
“This is a radical departure from United States foreign policy and the president did it unilaterally without consultation with Congress,” Bachmann said in a post-speech interview with Fox News. “President Obama is taking sides with Palestine over Israel.”
Rep. Betty McCollum released this statement following Obama’s speech:
“I support America’s limited role in the international effort to protect Libyan civilians from being massacred by the tyrant Qaddafi. I agree with President Obama that standing idly by while Qaddafi made good on his edict to slaughter 700,000 Libyans in Benghazi – including women, children, and the elderly – would be an unacceptable blow to America’s values and the security of the region. However, the success of the rebels’ military campaign to remove Qaddafi from power is in the hands of the Libyan people, not the United States.”
Rep. John Kline sent this statement before Obama’s speech (his office hasn’t released a followup reaction):
“I remain deeply concerned that the President committed valuable U.S. military resources to war without conveying to the American people – including our troops – our stated objective in Libya. Tonight, the President must clearly define that mission in no uncertain terms. As a 25-year veteran of the Marine Corps, I respect the Commander in Chief and support our troops in their efforts, but the President must speak with greater precision and clarity about his vision for protecting Libya’s civilians from the fury of a terrorist dictator and whether that includes removing Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi from power.”
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