Carol E. Lee
Wall St Journal
March 24, 2011
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Oh.) sent a strongly-worded letter Wednesday to PresidentBarack Obama, raising questions about the U.S. military action in Libya, and accusing the President of consulting foreign allies more than members of Congress.
The letter asks Mr. Obama to clarify the purpose of the mission, determine who will take over when the U.S. cedes the lead, say whether it’s acceptable for Moammar Ghadafi to remain in power and explain what will happen if the international coalition dissolves.
“All of these concerns point to a fundamental question,” Mr. Boehner writes, “What is your benchmark for success in Libya?”
Mr. Boehner, who issued a short statement on Libya over the weekend, ratcheted up his criticism of Mr. Obama’s handling of operation as Democrats and Republicans continue to voice concerns about the cost of the mission and the president’s decision not to pursue approval from Congress before authorizing military force.
In his letter, Mr. Boehner writes that he is “troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America’s role is in achieving that mission.”
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