(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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