Skip to comments.Inside the White House-Congress Meeting on Libya (Obama Spox: U.S. involvement "days not weeks")
Posted on 03/18/2011 6:46:21 PM PDT by kristinn
The other lawmakers in attendance (beside Sen. Richard Lugar R-IN) were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-TX), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-NY), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA).
Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough held a conference call with top Congressional staffers on Friday afternoon where he emphasized Obama's "deep respect for Congress in all of these matters," and gave a read out of the White House meeting. A recording of the call was provided to The Cable.
"The president expects the preponderance of our involvement to last a matter of days, not weeks," McDonough said.
"At the front end of this effort, the United States will contribute our unique capabilities to neutralize air defenses and military equipment that threatens civilians and civilian-populated areas to enable ongoing enforcement operations led by our partners," he said. "We will then enable and support other countries to enforce the no-fly zone...with us in a support role.... It will not be an open ended effort by the United States."
NATO, which is organizing command and control of the no-fly zone, enforcement of the arms embargo, and humanitarian assistance operations, could finished their planning as early as today, McDonough said. He also confirmed that in addition to the no-fly zone and the "no-drive zone," planning is ongoing for a "no-sail zone," which would allow greater enforcement of the arms embargo authorized by the new U.N. resolution.
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After today, I don't ever want to hear one word from the Democrats and McGrahamnesty about George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Iraq. Ever.
Obama get authorization to go to war from congress yet?
You beat me to it. I must have missed the Congressional resolution.
Oh the irony, Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize
He is on his way to Brazil to ask them!
All the liberal talking heads are praising Obama for not “Rushing to war” like Bush. They must have missed the months of debate and approval in both congress and the UN.
Oh, Goody! Yet another war to fight at Taxpayer Expense!
Finally viewed ‘The King’s Speech’ last night. I’m sure 0bama will do a Top-Notch, Capital, Bully job in leading America through THIS crisis, as did King George VI and Winston Churchill in WWII...
*SIGH* *Rolleyes* *Barf*
Wonder if that Churchill Bust will be makin’ it’s way back to The White House in the near future? LOL!
I cannot BELIEVE this DOPE is our president. And even as I TYPE it, I cringe, because I sound like every @sshole I’ve worked with in ‘The People’s Republik of Madistan’ while they raged against President Bush for 8 years...and are now strangely silent on their Boy King...
Go figure! ;)
A community organizer, not a community leader.
A war organizer not a war leader.
90 minutes notice to congress... figures.
I am speechless...
News to me!
But he isn't any worse than Cornyn and Hutchison.
I think it was almost a year of debates which ended with approval from both UN and US congress to go to war
Of course, Barry just talked...didn't follow up.
Obama’s PRIDE is on the line here. We must go to war to defend his pride!
These clowns in the White House, and the Republicans that give them cover, are a pox on this Nation.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
There are locusts and pestilence in the Land (primarily in Washington D.C.) ...
Its long past time to humble ourselves, and pray, and to seek our LORD's face, and turn from our wicked ways...
I wonder if our illegal war will be over before Obama returns from vacation? /half-sarc
These people are crazy.
Bill Clinton thought his war on Yugoslavia would be over in days.
It took a while just going into Afghanistan.
Wait just a cotton pickin’ minute (raciss!) Where’s McCain in that lineup? What does McCain think? We can’t wait ‘til Sunday to find out!
I HOPE it is over quickly. I shudder to think what may happen with this idiot in charge.
One thing that is very bizarre about this is the seemingly slap-dash aspects to this. Maybe I missed it while I was dealing with other things and paying attention to Japan, but I don’t recall Obama going before Congress or the public to call for this.