BREAKING: Key Senate committee clears measure backing Libyan intervention
Former Libyan Ambassador to the United States Ali Aujali listens to U.S. State Department legal advisor Harold Koh testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on June 28, 2011.
June 28th, 2011
04:11 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Key Senate committee clears measure backing Libyan intervention

Washington (CNN) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a joint resolution Tuesday supporting the limited use of U.S. military force in Libya for one year - a move sought by the Obama administration as it works to win clear congressional backing of the controversial North African mission.

The resolution, which explicitly rejects any introduction of U.S. ground troops, was approved 14-5. It now advances to the full Democratic-controlled Senate.

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  1. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    What a waste of time.... Obama doesn't care what the Congress says or wants. He's got UN and Arab League approval. They are more important.

    June 28, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS

    The measure will definitely pass the Senate. There are already senators signing onto the McCain-Kerry bill.

    June 28, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Nothing new here – President Obama said himself there would be no boots on the ground.

    The Senate and House are bending over backward to do ANYTHING except work for the people of this country. DO NO RE-ELECT ANY OF THEM. SEND IN A NEW BUNCH, IF THEY DON'T WORK, SEND IN ANOTHER NEW BUNCH. THEY WILL GET THE MESSAGE. ALL OF THEM !!!!

    June 28, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Why is no one is making the same fuss over use of military force (drones) in Pakistan? How is Libya really any different?

    June 28, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Now watch closely American how these same Republican Senators vote when the resolution is put before the Senate for a final vote. I think the measure is flawed because it explicitly rejects any introduction of ground troops, which means we cannot do search and rescue operations.

    June 28, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. vet in texas

    are the GOP members actually protecting America from Obama's socialist/marxist/communist/muslim (if it's even possible to be all 4 at the same time) values he's trying to impose on the country? I guess that would explain their first 2 years saying no to everything. I wonder how we would be as a nation now if they had instead of saying no, laid out an "ok as long as you do this" like they did with the unemployment benefits in order to get the tax breaks renewed..........If they can do it for that, why couldn't they do it for the jobs bills? Interesting, so they actually didn't do anything for the country since he was sworn in, except save the rest of us? Thanks GOP, wouldn't know where to begin to thank you for your patriotism.

    June 28, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. GI Joe

    Republicans want us to be modern day fascists. That's what they are destroying this nation for – to build it back under corporate control (minimum wage anyone?)

    June 28, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Sylvia Saint

    Shouldn't this article include the names of the 5 Senators that do not support our men & women in uniform?

    June 28, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "How is Libya really any different?"

    Because the GOP is filing its manpampers over the fact that it is very very likely to turn into another victory speech by Obama. Once was enough for them. After how much it rankled when he got bin Laden, they're hellbent on not letting it happen again.

    June 28, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "If they can do it for that, why couldn't they do it for the jobs bills?"

    Because if they allowed him to do anything that would improve the economy too much, it would just be shooting their political aspirations and ambitions in the foot. Just take a look at what they're doing with the debt ceiling debate. It's all about dragging it out to the last possible second so they can mil as much economic fear and instability out of it as possible.

    June 28, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. Sylvia Saint

    Why are we telegraphing to the enemy [Kaddafhi] that all he has to do is wait us out for a year and we will go away?

    Also, as General Powell states, all options should be on the table if we consider this a "war". Why would we telegraph that the enemy will not face the prospect of ground forces?

    June 28, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    I smell a dead rat in here somewhere. Is this part of we do this for you and you screw everyone in the country except for the rich and the corporations?
    I wish Obama WAS a communist like beck said he reminded him of stalin because stalin would have taken every single horses' behind in congress and put them in jail or worse! Term limits should be implemented. These people live in their high falluting ivory tower in DC and they have no idea what the rest of the country is going through.

    June 28, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |