Entries in Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (2)


Gingrich Not Alone In No-Fly Zone Contradiction

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Newt Gingrich isn’t the only Republican to oppose President Obama’s decision to involve American forces in the no-fly zone after first criticizing the president for not imposing a no-fly zone.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., endorsed a no-fly zone in a Feb. 26th press release when she said “stronger penalties must be imposed in order to hold the regime accountable for its heinous crimes, and to prevent further violence against the Libyan people.  Additional U.S. and international measures should include the establishment and enforcement of a no-fly zone…”

But after the president imposed the no-fly zone, on March 20, Ros-Lehtinen had concerns which she expressed in a new press release.

“I am concerned that the President has yet to clearly define for the American people what vital United States security interests he believes are currently at stake in Libya,” she said.

On March 21, after military action began, Rep. Candice Miller, D-Mich., accused the President of committing U.S. forces “to the conflict in Libya without any consultation or consent from Congress and without clearly stating to the American people the compelling U.S. national interest.”

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House Panel to Hold Hearing on Egypt & Lebanon Next Week

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced Wednesday night that next week the panel will hold a two-day hearing on the continuing crisis in Egypt and also the less-publicized trouble in Lebanon after Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government was replaced by a new Hezbollah-controlled coalition.

On Day One -- next Wednesday, Feb. 9 -- the committee will hear testimony on the implications for U.S. Policy and Allies in the Broader Middle East from Elliott Abrams, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and Lorne Craner, president of the International Republican Institute.

On Day Two -- next Thursday, Feb. 10 -- the committee will hear testimony from James B. Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State, and has invited Michèle Flournoy, Undersecretary for Policy at the Department of Defense, to testify as well.

Additional witnesses could be added to the panels.

After Hosni Mubarak announced he would not seek re-election in Egypt’s elections next September, Ros-Lehtinen expressed her dissatisfaction Tuesday that Mubarak would stay in power through the vote. Ros-Lehtinen also called on Mubarak to schedule “legitimate, democratic, internationally recognized elections in the near future, not eight months from now.”

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