Senator John Thune (R-SD) “said on Wednesday he does not believe President Obama needed the consent of Congress before ordering the U.S. military to attack forces and military installations controlled by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi,” The Hill reports.
"You have to reserve to your commander in chief the authority to act in emergencies," said Thune, according to the Rapid City Journal.
Thune said that, if the fight becomes protracted, Obama must to go to Congress for permission to continue.
"I do think if there is any kind of sustained operation there, then Congress needs to be involved," Thune said.
Thune’s approval “did not come without reservations.”
"I think we have to ask the question, ‘What is the vital American national security interest?’" Thune said. “What’s the end game here? How do we define this mission? There’s been a lot of confusion and a lot of ambiguity about that, and that’s not good."