Back in the 1980s, covert operations by the US military to help spread Democracy around the world were the cornerstone of Conservative ideals. Even in the early 2000s, as George W. Bush pushed for a war in Iraq that was based on faulty evidence, the GOP applauded the effort and supported the war fully.
Fast forward to a Democrat in the White House and the GOP seem to have lost their thirst for military intervention in the world. Sue Myrick released this statement last week about the Obama administration’s push to support the rebels in Libya:
“A few weeks ago, Congress passed a resolution stating that no members of the US Armed Forces shall be used on the ground in Libya, and requesting detailed information regarding US interest in Libya, especially as it relates to the War Powers Act. The Administration has delivered this information to Congress, stating that the War Powers Act does not apply as our military’s role in Libya is limited because we’re operating under NATO.
Myrick goes on to say that the United States providing 70 percent of the coalition’s intelligence capabilities and refueling assets for aircraft are not what she considers a limited involvement in Libya.
“Seventy percent isn’t limited. Providing a majority of the resources to continue airstrikes isn’t limited. To me, that’s a pretty aggressive role, and as such, the Administration should be required to bring all further action in Libya before Congress for authorization. As Speaker Boehner has indicated, the House will be looking at the legislative options available to us in the coming days.”