Lugar to Discuss Libya Situation at White House

Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) has been invited to the White House today “to discuss U.S. policy in Libya, his spokesman said,” according to Yahoo! News.

Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations committee, has insisted that the Obama administration should come to Congress to get a declaration of war before approving the use of U.S. military personnel and assets in an international intervention in Libya.

"Before any American military assets are used, Senator Lugar wants Congress to have a full briefing on the planned use of American military personnel and equipment, and how it will be paid for," Lugar’s spokesman Mark Helmke said Thursday. "This is an issue that requires full public debate under the Constitution."

"We have NATO allies, the British and the French, who say they are ready to attack. What if they are attacked in return?" Helme explained. "Under Article 5 of the NATO treaty, the U.S. is required to defend them."

"Senator Lugar is warning President Obama that he better make sure the American public and Congress are prepared for such a commitment, along with all of its costs in blood and treasure," he said.

Update: According to the Washington Post, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was also to attend the briefing. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was to attend by phone.


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