Mar 20 2011
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement after the Administration launched Operation Odyssey Dawn to enforce the United Nations-approved No Fly Zone over Libya:
“With the launch of airstrikes and U.S. military engagement in Libya, the President now has an obligation to explain to Congress and the American people what his Administration’s goals are for these operations.
“Going forward, the President must inform the American people to what extent military force will be used and for how long. Are our goals aimed at protecting civilians in Libya or the removal of Moammar Qadaffi from power? In either case, to what extent and for how long will military resources be utilized?
“I am concerned that the use of military force in the absence of clear political objectives for our country risks entrenching the United States in a humanitarian mission whose scope and duration are not known at this point and cannot be controlled by us. A United Nations’ Security Council resolution is not and should not be confused for a political and military strategy.
“Nearly ten years of war have provided us with several key lessons-learned. Chief among them is that the American people must understand the scope and endgame objectives of military operations against another country.”