SENSENBRENNER STATEMENT REGARDING THE PRESIDENT’S SPEECH ON LIBYA
Mar 28, 2011 -
Please see the below statement from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (WI-05).
“Better late than never, was my immediate thought when it was announced that President Obama would address the American public about U.S. actions in Libya.
“I question how Nobel Peace Prize winner, President Obama, who up until last week expressed a much different tone on Libya, now is involving U.S. troops in a large military action; and then how he delayed explaining to the American people his justification for spending more than $1 billion to do so.
“The American people, who are already seeing their friends, neighbors and family members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, deserve better from their President. They deserve answers.
“Furthermore, with President Obama already having pledged to bring many of our men and women in uniform home, Congress should have been consulted before the President put more troops in harm’s way. Instead, the President deferred to other countries.
“Our nation has a long history of promoting individual freedom. However, when the President says ‘the United States will do our part to help,’ what does that mean and what is President Obama’s benchmark for leaving Libya? What is our objective? If Muammar Quadhafi is not defeated or does not step down, will the U.S. remain, for how long and who? If other nations begin to disengage from the coalition, will we remain or will we disengage as well? And if the President wants to actively pursue Quadhafi being out of power ‘through non-military means,’ how long will our military have a presence in Libya?
“President Obama needed to replace confusion with some certainty tonight, but he failed. We now have even more questions than answers. The American people, Congress, and the men and women serving in Operation Odyssey Dawn deserve to know the clear objective and the plan to achieve it. We did not hear that tonight.”