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NATO on Brink of Turning Libya into Ground War

United Nations FlagSpeaking at a security conference in Asia, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov voiced his displeasure that the United Nations resolution Russia supported may lead to a land operation.

Apache HelicopterWhile the U.N. resolution had provided protection from air attacks on Libyan rebels, the rebel groups have been ineffective in assaulting Gadhafi’s core troops. Early on Saturday, British and French attack helicopters had joined the battle to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. A clear stretching of the resolution’s purpose of protecting Libyan citizens, it may be re-interpreted to allow the use of ground forces to finish what the U.N. started.

The Obama administration has apparently not committed attack helicopters  as it faces bi-partisan opposition to continued participation in the Libyan conflict. Ohio Democrat, Dennis Kucinich presented a resolution to force the withdrawal of American forces from Libya. Amendments to the measure have been added that would prevent the introduction of uniformed ground forces from the United States.

House GOP leadership has gone so far as to present an watered-down alternative. The GOP resolution demands that the administration submit a report to the House to explain why the United States is involved in Libya. It does not force any other action.

The GOP resolution has passed, Kucinich’s has not. The door is still open for President Obama to continue his campaign in Libya and perhaps interpret the U.N. statute to allow ground troops.

 

House Concurrent Resolution 51 – War Powers

112th CONGRESS

 

1st Session

H. CON. RES. 51

Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

May 23, 2011

Mr. KUCINICH (for himself, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, and Mr. CAPUANO) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs


CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya.

 

    Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring),

 

SECTION 1. REMOVAL OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES FROM LIBYA.

 

    Pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1544(c)), Congress directs the President to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya by not later than the date that is 15 days after the date of the adoption of this concurrent resolution.