House rips Obama Libya policy
June 3rd, 2011
02:33 PM ET
10 years ago

House rips Obama Libya policy

Washington (CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives issued a rebuke of President Barack Obama's Libya policy Friday, passing a measure declaring that the president has failed to provide a "compelling rationale" for military involvement in the North African country.

The non-binding resolution criticizes the president for insufficiently consulting Congress before launching air strikes in Libya and urges the administration not to put any ground troops in the country, something Obama has already promised not to do.


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  1. GI Joe

    Aren't these the same people that criticized him for not going in sooner? They didn't want to wait for a coalition.

    They're IDIOTS.

    June 3, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    This resolution is 100% political theater. They should have been voting on legislation in accordance with the War Powers Act. Instead, Boehner withdrew the legislation from the floor when it became apparent it could pass, allowing for continued military action. Now they can condemn the Libya action and complain about a lack of Congressional approval. Come on, man. Do House Republicans actually think the American voters are that brain dead? Yes. They do.

    June 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Cosmo

    Keep leading from the rear GOP and see how fast your majority in the House evaporates.

    June 3, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. vic , nashville ,tn

    Past two months unemployment rate start to go up why house republicans focusing on this kind of business

    June 3, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. DA

    These guys are a joke pure and simple!! I mean Really? When the President was taking a wait and see attitude on Libya, they were crying OMG he is just letting them bomb the people, now you want to say something because he acted!!! These guys really need to stop playing these stupid political games!!! OMG the American people need to vote all of Congress out of office and get some adults in there!! Oh and that goes for both parties!! The time for playing political game needs to be put to rest!! GROW THE HELL UP PEOPLE!!! JEEZ!!!

    June 3, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. BeanerECMO

    Anyone who believes that the uprisings in the ME are rooted in a cry for democracy is extremely naïve and ignorant. The people behind the uprisings are anything but democracy seeking. There is, inter alia, the Muslim Brotherhood, AQ, and Hezbollah, all funded by Iran and the Wahabist Saudi Government. It's a civil war and we should not be involved; especially since the rebels have ties to AQIL. And, BHO is helping to arm those that would kill us. The only reason that the Euros were front and center so quickly was to protect their petroleum interests and nothing more. The only reason that US force is being used is to protect the petroleum interests of the Europeans. The Europeans and the rest of NATO do not have the capabilities that the US has for enforcing a no-fly zone – Navy Air, Surface and Subsurface Arms and, now, drones. Ya know they don't do anything for humanitarian reasons; they don’t want more Muslim refugees in their respective countries. And, they got all that favorable legacy media support. Do ya think the US got the same favorable coverage when they did the same in Kuwait/Saudi Arabia or Iraq? Ya know they didn't. Remember all those placards of, "No Blood For Oil!!" And we still haven't been repaid by either country; not just for the fiscal expenditures, but for the lost and disrupted lives.
    And, now that we know there are AQIL links with the rebels along with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah insinuating themselves into all the uprisings; how near are we to coordinating actions with the rebels, AQIL & MBIL etc. (while we are arming them as well)? Do ya think AQ or Iran are going to backoff against the western world any time soon?

    June 3, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    Not a serious act of governance. Posturing, game playing, symbolic nonsense, flag and wang waving, bible thumping...that's all the GOP is good for...and it's bad for our country.

    BTW, he's not required to consult Congress prior to acting under the War Powers Act. He only has to obtain their authorization within the first 60 days. He acted as a military commander and leader should: decisively. If the GOP wants to pantwet and whine about the Chief Executive and Commander in Chief doing things like that, they should perhaps take a look at their track record for mindlessly and slavishly assisting Bush and Cheney in expanding executive branch power more than any other administration in our history.

    June 3, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  8. Dave

    How about a jobs bill since this tax cut trickle down isn't working?

    June 3, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. once upon a horse

    So NOW the GOP cares about war!! These warmongers are doing nothing but political show esp after what they allowed President Bush to do. No American lives lost, no boots on the ground and had Obama ignored Libya they would have whined about that too. HYPOCRITES!

    June 3, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    This lot is complaining about insufficient consultation? If he had done nothing, they would have been screaming about the blood running in the streets and the inability of their masters to get the sweet Libyan crude they need.

    The GOP second-guessing the White House on anything is like asking John Edwards to lecture on self-control: there is a LARGE credibility problem.

    June 3, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  11. Common Sense

    It's funny how the Republican lead House has nothing but negative words for this President, one of smartest we've ever had, but said absolutely nothing to previous idiot!!! And approved every dumb idea, law and proposal with "NO" verifications of anything....the Republican will self destruct this year!!

    June 3, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Bill from GA

    This non-binding resolution criticizing the President's policy on Libya is a total wste of time.

    The low-life repugs will do anything to draw attention from the fact that THEY have done NOTHING to help the jobs situation.

    You dirt-bag repugs ran on JOBS last fall; your only answer is MORE TAX CUTS.

    June 3, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. gt

    once someone gets in office i guess they have to show there muscle... bush or obama it dont matter... get our troops home more body bags...

    June 3, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  14. Indy

    Johnny Come Lately Boehner "Where are the Jobs" you lying piece of crud House Whore ! These Republicans will do anything they can to distract attention from the economy. Lord love a duck where were they when Bush was in office ?

    June 3, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Name Independent Thinker

    Please can we not find anything better to do in congress than rebuke the president. I am sure if he had not acted, we would be having a go at him for not jumping in. Seems to me everyone wants America to police the world and when we either don't act fast enough or decline the invitation, we get dissed.
    How about our congress doing something useful like concentrating on jobs, energy, etc. Instead of wasting time rebuking a president that can't seem to do right for doing wrong.

    June 3, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    To those who blame President Obama for all of our country's problems, this repug non-binding resolution is an example of how it works. Repugs don't want to take a position, you get this. When repugs want to block REAL legislation, they filibuster in the Senate (since Kennedy's seat went repug), or now, stop it in the House.

    NO PRESIDENT IS IN CHARGE. We are not a Kingdom, nor a dictatorship. 4&thedoor, you should learn that.

    June 3, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Might as well have included a paragraph in the bill that said the following:

    "Congress hereby declares it is pussyfooting around the issue of whether to authorize the military involvement in Libya authorized by President Obama purusnt to his powers under the War Powers Act. Congress recognizes that, 60 days since the President's authorization for said military action having passed, Congerss must choose whether to authorize said involvement or terminate it wihin 30 days or, by failing to act, deem the involvement terminated, at which point President Obama must cease said military actions and withdraw all troops. Congress further recognizes that failure to authorize said military involvement will be a huge mistake and international embarassment for the United States and will severely damage our future relationship with the rebel army likely to win control over Libya and will create severe questions in the international community regarding the United States' honest commitment to supporting its NATO allies in general and in their efforts to stop the humanitarian crises currently occurring. Lastly, Congress recognizes that it will eventually authorize said military involvement in Libya for said reasons, but has decided that it wishes to attempt to play political football with the issue by prancing around like a flock of ideologically useless dodo birds high on LSD prior to doing so at the last minute. We are gutless, self-serving, opportunistic imbeciles ill-prepared to lead and not terribly concerned with actually governing this nation and we hereby proudly declare our collective cowardice, avarice and ineptitude."

    June 3, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. diridi

    Bunch of GOP idiots, and thugs, that messed this nation are talking....they do not have locus standi....any where....idiots....

    June 3, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "There is, inter alia, the Muslim Brotherhood, AQ, and Hezbollah, all funded by Iran and the Wahabist Saudi Government."

    There is, inter alia, no freekin evidence of that whatsoever.

    Please turn off the Faux Noise, put down the crack pipe and go outside for some fresh air and a burst of reality.

    June 3, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    @ BeanerECMO:

    Geez, I'll bet you were one of those people who slavishly supported Bresident Bush when he talked glowingly of a domino effect after the invasion of Iraq, of regimes toppling all over the ME. Now something like the neocon fantasy is acatually happening, but under Obama's watch, you are putting out ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood, et al, secretly subverting the whole thing, eh? Do you propose sending our troops in? What do you propose? Or are you like the rest of the conservatives, bereft of ideas but full of bile and hate? You offer no proof, only rumors and lies.

    June 3, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |