Even US Senators call for Obama to provide them and the American people--whose money Obama throws out the window on so many whims ---with justification for his actions in Libya, other than saying in effect that we're an arm of the UN.
6/9/11, "Nations pledge $1 billion for Qaddafi foes, plan for a Libya without him," Christian Science Monitor, Howard LaFranchi
"In the meantime, the relief aid announced Thursday brings to about $80 million the total for US assistance, other than the approximately $1 billion the Pentagon has spent for the US contribution to NATO's military mission in Libya....
Another factor, however, is mounting congressional displeasure over what both Republicans and Democrats consider to be President Obama’s disregard of Congress in ordering a US role in Libya.
The House last week passed a resolution rebuking Mr. Obama for failing to consult Congress on Libya. On Wednesday, two senators – Jim Webb (D) of Virginia and Bob Corker (R) of Tennessee – introduced a similar resolution calling on Obama to give Congress an explanation of the
- purpose and objectives of the Libya intervention.
“The President has failed to provide Congress with a compelling rationale based upon United States national security interests for current United States military activities regarding Libya,” the resolution reads in part. It calls for an unclassified report to provide essential information “to Congress and the American public” to evaluate US involvement in Libya.
The administration, on the other hand, is painting the Libya intervention not only as a critical initiative for resolving one country’s conflict and helping to bring about change there, but also as an example of Obama’s concept of multilateral diplomacy.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday en route to the Libya Contact Group meeting, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said, “More broadly, the Contact Group reflects the President and the Secretary’s model
- for diplomacy in the 21st century.”
She then offered a definition of that model. “It’s a flexible mechanism which allows us to build and sustain a broad coalition of like-minded states and international organizations which are united in common purpose to advance a shared agenda of peace, security and democratic reform,” she said, “and to translate that agenda into common action.”...
As intense fighting continued on the ground between Libyan rebels and forces loyal to leader Muammar Qaddafi, representatives of Libya’s Transitional National Council responded to the pledges of support with a wait-and-see stance. Representatives of the TNC, which sees itself as the legitimate interim government of a post-Qaddafi Libya, told the conference that Libyans would start to starve to death if $4 billion in food, fuel, and other essentials is not forthcoming."...