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House to vote on restricting funding for U.S. mission in Libya

by Jorge Hernandez on June 24, 2011

The House is set to pass a bill, led by Republicans, to limit funding of President Obama's efforts in Libya, according to a new CNN report. The House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio expressed much reserve about the U.S. forces in Libya.

"I think the strategy was flawed from the beginning," Boehner told the news source. "I understand the humanitarian mission, but the idea that the rest of the strategy was to hope that [Libyan leader Moammar] Gadhafi would leave begged the question of, well, how long are we going to be there?"

However, others including Robert Gates, the U.S. Defense Secretary, believe that restrictions on funding the U.S. mission in Libya would be a mistake.

"Based on everything we see, the [Libyan] government gets shakier by the day," Gates told PBS. "His forces have been significantly diminished. The opposition is expanding the areas under their control."

It is at times difficult to get a firm grasp on the situation in Libya, where fighting continues and refugees are fleeing to neighboring countries. A recent Time Magazine report claims that the situation on the ground is perhaps not favorable for the U.S. and other countries involved.

"Western leaders may insist that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is weakened, isolated, irrelevant, and about to bow out, but their words hide a growing anxiety in Western capitals about the implications of his tenacity," writes Bruce Crumley.

Crumley is the Paris Bureau Chief for Time.



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