Sen Diane Feinstein’s reply to my message on Libya supportA Point of View, Libya, Middle East & North Africa, Military, Politics | Sandra | July 13, 2011 at 14:44
Please know that I support the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led efforts to enforce a no-fly zone and arms embargo over Libya aimed at protecting civilian populations from Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s forces. Â These actions have been authorized by the United Nations (UN) Security Council, and came in response to a request for assistance from the Arab League. Â Colonel Qaddafi had vowed to hunt down his opponents like “rats” and exterminate them. Â In my opinion, the international community had to step in to prevent such atrocities from occurring.
The U.S. military has assumed a supporting role in this mission. Â The President has stated there will be no U.S. “boots on the ground,” and I agree with that decision. Â Further, while the President has called on Qaddafi to go, a position I share, we agree this is beyond the UN Security Council Resolution and beyond our military operations. Â While it remains unclear how international involvement in Libya will end, the Administration and Congress continue to discuss the most appropriate course for U.S. involvement going forward. Â Be assured that I have noted your views and will keep them in mind during this process.
Again, thank you for writing. Â I hope you will continue to write on matters of importance to you. Â If you should have any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to call my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841. Â Best regards.
United States Senator (CA)