U.S. Congress Rejects Libyan Military Mandate
Tired of U.S. lawmakers defeated the measure Friday with only 295 votes against 123 votes for it, AFP reported.
Congress’s action was a blow to Obama’s growing discontent among U.S. lawmakers after the decade of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq at a cost of over a trillion dollars and has helped to fuel the U.S. budget $ 1400000000000.
“We have enough wars going on? The war in Iraq, the war in Afghanistan, we still have a war?” Rep. Dennis Kucinich said during Friday’s vote.
“This war is a distraction. We waving economy requires the full attention of Congress and the president,” he said.
The White House, meanwhile, said he was disappointed by the House of Representatives vote.
“We are disappointed by this vote. We believe that this is not the time to send the kind of mixed message it sends,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One
In the United States has made hundreds of sorties to strike when NATO took over the operation Libyan, March 31.
Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen has pledged to intensify the bombing of Libya, despite the Italian call for an immediate ceasefire to the ongoing fighting.
“NATO will continue with this task, because if we stop, countless civilians could lose their lives,” the Western military alliance leader, said the video on the website of NATO on Wednesday.
Earlier, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, called for “an immediate cessation of hostilities humanely” in Libya.
Surrounded the ruler Muammar Gaddafi has accused NATO of murder, vows to take revenge for the killing of civilians during air attacks by the Western military alliance.
“You said,” we have reached the targets accurately, “they are murderers,” Gaddafi said that the message is sent to the Libyan television late Wednesday, according to Reuters.
“One day we will respond in kind, and their houses will be legitimate targets,” he said.
The Libyan leader has pledged to continue fighting until the West is “destroyed.”
He said no agreement is reached on the crisis in Libya after their children and grandchildren were killed in air strikes.