Cornyn to Offer Libya Resolution Supporting Regime Change

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) “will soon become the first senator to introduce a non-binding resolution expressing the sense of the Senate on the war in Libya, and it calls for regime change to be the explicit policy of the United States,” according to The Cable.

Cornyn could introduce his resolution as early as today. The resolution, which was obtained by The Cable (PDF), states, "the policy of the United States should be to remove Muammar al-Qaddafi from power and to use military force, if necessary, to achieve that goal."

The resolution also calls on President Barack Obama to submit a plan to achieve Qaddafi’s ouster, and to seek congressional authorization for the military intervention in Libya.

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Cornyn’s draft resolution also rejects the administration’s assertion that a March 1 resolution calling for a no-fly zone in Libya, which passed by voice vote in the Senate, sufficed as "congressional authorization" for the extensive military operations the United States has engaged in to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973.

Cornyn’s resolution “has little chance of being passed by the Senate; it is not likely to be supported by either Democratic leadership or many Senate Republicans, who would prefer a resolution that endorses the Obama administration’s limited action in Libya.”

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