published Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Sen. Corker on U.S. role in Libya

Chattanooga’s Sen. Bob Corker, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has appropriately raised serious questions about the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy actions that President Barack Obama recently ordered against Libya.

The Republican senator said that while Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi has “engaged in a reprehensible campaign against his own people, I have yet to hear the clearly defined U.S. national interest in participating in what appears to be a developing civil war in the country ... .”

Corker also said he wants the administration to “present to Congress a detailed accounting of the cost of operations to date, any expected additional expenses to be incurred by the U.S. related to military and humanitarian operations in Libya and how the administration will cover these costs.”

While it is easy to deplore the evils of Gadhafi, it is hard to justify the U.S. military attacks on Libya, to explain how they might bring about a reasonable solution, and to account for the cost of the U.S. military intervention.

Corker’s concerns surely are shared by a great many other Americans.

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