Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “on Monday said he expects President Obama to fully explain U.S. military operations in Libya tonight and warned that the use of U.S. air support for Libyan rebels would require congressional consideration,” The Hill reports.
"If U.S. military forces were to have responsibility for close air support or execute additional strike missions in support of opposition forces, then that of course would exceed the president’s definition of a limited, supporting role," McConnell said on the Senate floor. "Such a mission would last indefinitely, and would trigger congressional consideration of our larger role in the war."
McConnell said that Congress “and the American people are unclear on U.S. objectives in Libya, even though President Obama has twice notified Congress of the decision to work with coalition forces to establish a no-fly zone in that country.”
The confusion stems from the combination of the narrow mission that the U.S. military has described and comments from Obama that indicate support for regime change.
McConnell said he “would be listening to Obama’s remarks for answers to several questions.”
"When will the U.S. combat role in the operation end?" he asked. "Will America’s commitment end in days, not weeks, as the president promised? What will be the duration of the non-combat operation, and what will be the cost? What national security interest of the United States justified the risk of American life? What is the role of our country in Libya’s ongoing civil war?"