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By davidswanson - Posted on 23 March 2011
Reply from Bob Gibbs (R) Ohio 18th:
Thank you for contacting my office regarding the conflict in Libya. As your representative in Congress, I appreciate your input on this important issue.
As you know, in February the Libyan people began a major uprising against the brutal and repressive dictatorship of Muammar al Qadhafi, who has led Libya for over 41 years. In March forces loyal to Qadhafi mounted a counter-attack to crush the rebellion and its supporters.
On March 20th the U.N. Security Council with the United States support passed Resolution 1973, which is centered on protecting Libyan citizens from Qadhafi's regime. Coalition forces later launched limited air and sea attacks to diminish Qadhafi's ability to harm civilians and enforce a no-fly zone.
The 1973 War Powers Resolution requires the president to notify Congress within two days of commencing military action and prohibits the use of force for longer than two months without a Congressional action. The President did meet with, and sent notification to, Congressional leadership about the use of force to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya. However, the President must express to the American people what our continued role will be in Libya and provide clear objectives on how we can accomplish our goals.
As the situation in Libya continues to evolve, I will continue to keep a close eye on any developments and be sure to keep you views in mind.
Again, thank you for contacting my office. Please continue to keep me informed on the issues that are important to you. For more information on my work in Congress, or to sign up to receive my e-newsletter, please visit the 18th District's website at: http://gibbs.house.gov
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