So as most people know, we are currently at war with the Gaddafi regime of Libya. The US is doing almost none of the fighting. The US flies support missions for Britain, France and other NATO and NATO partner countries. Despite that, that's still not good enough for a lot of really foolish people in this country and the halls of Congress.
Seeking to avoid a showdown over Libya, House GOP leaders pulled back from a floor vote on a resolution by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) that would bar U.S. involvement in the NATO-led campaign to topple Muammar Qadhafi.
GOP leaders were scrambling Wednesday morning to come up with an alternative plan for considering the measure. This could include having the Armed Services or Foreign Affairs committees draft backup proposals.
Citing “lots of unrest on both sides of the aisle,” a senior House GOP aide said Republican leaders are still working through their options.
Another senior Republican staffer said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) “is concerned that if this were to come to the floor now, it would pass” and could adversely affect the NATO mission in Libya. NATO leaders on Tuesday authorized the continuation of the military campaign against Qadhafi until September.
Boehner and other GOP leaders have called a special meeting of House Republicans on Thursday to discuss the Libya situation, aides said.
The Ohio Republican told reporters on Wednesday that Obama was “technically” in compliance with the War Powers Act, despite criticism from the left and right over U.S. involvement in the Libya campaign.
“There are a lot of questions that remain out there, and frankly I think members on both sides of the aisle are looking for answers about this, and they’re looking for some clarity,” Boehner said. “Legally, they’ve met their requirements [under] the War Powers Act.”
“We decided the House wasn’t ready to decide the question [on Kucinich’s resolution],” Boehner added. “I think before we proceed, we want to do so in what we think is the best interests of our country and allow a process for the American people’s will to be heard on the House floor.”
Boehner jokingly dismissed a question on whether the White House asked for the vote to be postponed. “That would require somebody picking up the phone,” Boehner said.
Kucinich’s resolution, introduced last week, “directs the president to remove the United States armed forces from Libya by not later than the date that is 15 days after the date of the adoption” of the measure. Reps. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) and Dan Burton (R-Ind.) are co-sponsors of the resolution.
So what are the arguments for the far left and far right position on this?
* Gaddafi is a good guy. So what if he's terrorist?
* It's OK for Gaddafi to massacre tens of thousands of people. We're for human rights. Boohoo for the Tibetans and the terrorists in Gitmo, but those democracy activists are not people, they are rats. Let them be slaughtered.
* Our forces are over-stretched. The US doing none of the bombing in Libya and doing no fighting on the ground is over-stretching our resources.