House GOP chairman urges more U.S. engagement in Libya
July 26th, 2014
02:14 PM ET
3 months ago

House GOP chairman urges more U.S. engagement in Libya

Washington (CNN) – After intense fighting among warring militias forced the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Libya, one top House Republican criticized the Obama administration's overall policy towards the North African nation.

"I think having removed [Moammar] Gadhafi, the administration sort of took its focus off of Libya and things have been getting worse for quite some considerable time now," Rep. Ed Royce said Saturday in a CNN interview.

“I do think they should be much more engaged on the ground with the factions in Libya," the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee added. "I've tried to encourage some of this with the administration. And I think they’re on the right track, but late into the game in terms of trying to bring factions together and use U.S. leverage in order to try to work this out.”

In 2011, an uprising resulted in Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi's ouster, ending his 42-year rule. Months later, Gadhafi was killed in crossfire after being captured. The events sparked ongoing fighting between armed Libyan factions.

The U.S. evacuated its personnel from the embassy in Tripoli, Saturday. Violent clashes between those Libyan factions, dangerously close to the embassy, prompted serious safety concerns. U.S. officials said its personnel have been relocated and the embassy's operations have been "temporarily suspended" until "the security situation on the ground improves." The staff will continue their work from other locations.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, praised the administration's move to evacuate personnel.

"I think it was very prudent to move our personnel out of there," the California Democrat said on CNN, Saturday. "We have a fierce battle going on between several militias."

Republicans have kept up sustained criticisms of the administration since the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, in violence on September 11-12, 2012 against U.S. government facilities in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

Republican critics have claimed the Obama offered misleading explanations about what sparked the attacks - assertions the administration has steadfastly denied.


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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Counselor1

    Let's send Ed Royce there as a special envoy, together will Bush, Cheney, and all the American Zionist Neocons that got us into ground wars and nation destroying in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria... etc. Etc. Many countries have artificial borders set by major colonial powers after WW1 and WW2, for their own colonial purposes. With disparate groups they can only be held together by "Strongmen," who can always be portrayed as tyrants by our D.C. Republican or Democrat LIARS even when they are somewhat benevolent to some of their people.

    July 26, 2014 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  2. chrissy

    If the Congress romper room misfits spent half as much time doing their job as they do trashing the POTUS this country would be in great shape! And hello @ Bigwilliestyles, my old friend!

    July 26, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  3. ja

    He should put his boots on, or send his kin

    July 26, 2014 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  4. marilyn58

    good thing our president isn't a republican we would be involved in so many wars right now. Let's take care of our own country, help Obama solve this invasion instead of tying his hands and then blaming him. we should be able to impeach every congressman and start all over again.

    July 27, 2014 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  5. Andrew

    The Republicans need to stop the whinning and crying.. they continue to put foot in mouth on about every subject. We don't vote in representatives to just complain "Obama won't do what we want- so he's a big meany head "..
    The GOP and their base are like children. Start acting like adults and make decisions based upon reality not some crazy nonsense you read on the internet.. Or Fox News. The GOP at best have 10 years left of political power.. The set generations are during off and that's a majority of their voters.. So the end is coming ..

    July 27, 2014 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  6. Tony in Maine

    I'm sure that the McCain Graham Hour this morning (formerly known as MTP) will be devoted to branding Barack Obama a coward. Had a left the embassy staffed and a single person had suffered a sprained ankle, the same pair of bobbleheads would be howling about the President not caring about the safety of US citizens abroad.

    I just wonder if their sock puppet, Kelly Ayotte, will join them or whether her previous lurches to the right and the reaction of southern NH, aka suburban Boston, made her nervous.

    July 27, 2014 06:14 am at 6:14 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    Chris – the democrats did not dumb you down, you did that all by yourself.

    July 27, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  8. Marie MD

    NOTE to Rep. Ed Royce – why don't you go Syria and try to keep peace.
    Make sure to bring your sons or daughters (if you have them) or have them enlist in the Armed Forces.
    Sayonara and good riddance fool!
    @Chris et.al, you do realize that most of those buying these drugs you alleged are brought in by Democrats are white folks, right? The ones who come to the inner city to buy street drugs in their shiny brand new cars?
    Why don't you ask the fat radio oxycodone druggie where he gets his.
    As far as dumbing down the US – look in the mirror!

    July 27, 2014 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  9. Ian's Rushtache

    Chris..E.al says:
    July 26, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm
    I know the democrats are purposely trying to dumb down this nation from drug abuse to the millions of spanish speakers coming here in groves there is no doubt about it . Wake up U.S.A .
    _____________________________

    By this post you clearly don't use drugs. So my question is what exactly is your excuse for being so dumb. You are clearly the least educated regular poster on these forums.

    July 27, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  10. Jackson Antoine

    The republican people now are very nervous, they 're very scare. Because 2016 is the corner and the democrat party is in. Better position to. Win everything.

    July 27, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. rs

    Given that the Republicans in the Senate have block the U.S. sending formal representation (i.e. ambassadors ) to 25% of the nations around the world (including Russia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras), they have a lot of damned nerve complaining about the foreign policy of this administration. Just like everything else in government, the GOP has worked hard (by not appointing these State Dept. personnel) to make this situation as broken as everything else they have fouled up.

    July 27, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. rs

    Tommy G
    Obama said Khaddafi had to go and got him killed. Now the country is a terrorist hotbed and and mess.
    ____________________
    Google Pan Am flight 103 or Lockerbee, Scotland, and learn.

    July 27, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Chris..E.al
    I know the democrats are purposely trying to dumb down this nation from drug abuse to the millions of spanish speakers coming here in groves there is no doubt about it . Wake up U.S.A .

    You're reaching into "there is no doubt Republican women don't have abortions" and "Catholic women don't use birth control" territory. Now who is it REALLY that is being dumbed down, Chris?

    July 27, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Thomas

    "Dick" Cheney ,

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love War .

    July 27, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. thosewhoserve

    Rep. Ed Royce stated "I do think they should be much more engaged on the ground with the factions in Libya" and "I think they’re on the right track, but late into the game in terms of trying to bring factions together and use U.S. leverage in order to try to work this out.”

    Then the article tells us "Republicans have kept up sustained criticisms of the administration since the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, in violence on September 11-12, 2012 against U.S. government facilities in the Libyan city of Benghazi." as Ambassador Stevens was working with the different factions to bring peace.

    The Republicans need to make up their mind; do they want us to be involved in ways that expose us to danger or do they want us to never take casualties? The two points are mutually exclusive.

    July 27, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. anthony78

    @rs
    Tommy G
    "Obama said Khaddafi had to go and got him killed. Now the country is a terrorist hotbed and and mess."

    Bush said Saddam had to go and got him killed. Now the country is a terrorist hotbed and and mess.
    FIFY

    (see how easy that was)

    July 27, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. Tommy G

    rs
    Tommy G
    Obama said Khaddafi had to go and got him killed. Now the country is a terrorist hotbed and and mess.
    ____________________
    Google Pan Am flight 103 or Lockerbee, Scotland, and learn.
    --

    Totally irrelevant to today's situation or taking Khaddafi out. Khaddaffi handed the guy over and he was in jail until the Brits let him out. Is 20-30 year irrelevant garbage all you got in your grab bag of lies?

    So rs is saying because of something that happened decades ago, which had been settled, it was far better to get rid of Khaddafi and hand over Libya to terrorists, including AQ affiliates. Who then kill our Ambassador and have now caused us to close our embassy in Tripoli. This is why is is very dangerous putting leifties in control of our country. They bring their insane baggage from decades ago and use it to justify stupid things today.

    July 27, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. chrissy

    Lol @ Andrew..."big meany head?" Now THAT was the best thing ive read all day...and certainly the funniest! And @ Marilyn58...SPOT ON girl!

    July 27, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. Stryke

    Rep. Ed Royce should gear up and get his sorry butt over there and put his boots on the ground, if he's so keen on dragging us into this. Don't these Beltway Clowns ever lear or read history, or recent news. What mealy-mouthed cowards.

    July 27, 2014 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  20. Tommy G

    anthony78
    @rs
    Tommy G
    "Obama said Khaddafi had to go and got him killed. Now the country is a terrorist hotbed and and mess."
    --
    Bush said Saddam had to go and got him killed. Now the country is a terrorist hotbed and and mess.
    FIFY
    (see how easy that was)
    --

    Yes, deceit and dishonesty is always easier than the truth. Obama was handed an Iraq that was holding free elections and didn't have half of it in the hands of terrorists. Joe Biden was bragging about how it was going to be one of Obama's biggest successes. All of this has occurred on Obama's watch. You do know he has been President for 5.5 years right?

    July 27, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Former republican, now an independent

    These republicans made accusations of weakness against the the president for months after the last attack in Libya, and spent millions of taxpayer dollars on one of their hundreds of "witch hunts" trying to sell their propaganda. Now, the president evacuates our embassy in the same country and they accuse him of weakness??? Hold on to your wallets American taxpayers, for another multi-million dollar witch hunt by car thief Darrell Issa and his band of merry mad men!!!

    July 27, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Woodwind

    This sort of chaos never happened when Moammar Gadhafi was in charge. Obama had him murdered, and this is one of the results.

    July 27, 2014 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. Lizzie

    Former republican, now an independent, -– just like the independents in the senate who are considered DEMOCRATS.

    July 27, 2014 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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