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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Crapo: Case Hasn't Been Made for U.S. Military Action in Libya

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Idaho's senior U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo isn't convinced the United States military should be participating in any action in Libya.

"The case hasn't been made for us to be engaged there," Crapo told Citydesk Tuesday. "Quite simply, the case needs to be made that our national security requires this or that all other options have been pursued."

The Associated Press reports that Chris Steven, a White House envoy, met with Libyan opposition leaders Tuesday, which could pave the way for U.S. recognition of a "new legitimate government."

Meanwhile, forces of embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi bombarded rebels outside of Brega, a key oil town in Libya. The AP also reports that Gaddafi has begun moving tanks and other heavy equipment to civilian areas to prevent NATO pilots from targeting them.

But Crapo said the Obama administration has chosen to engage in the military action without Congressional oversight.

"The president didn't consult with Congress, and he has yet to ask for congressional authorization for this military activity," said Crapo. "I believe that was a major mistake."

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