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Just 21% Say US Has Clearly Defined Mission in Libya

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TEHRAN, April 3 (ICANA) – Despite US President Barack Obama's address to American people Monday night, most voters still aren't clear about why the U.S. military is engaged in Libya.
Monday, April 04, 2011 12:02:06 AM
Just 21% Say US Has Clearly Defined Mission in Libya

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. voters think the United States has a clearly defined military mission in Libya.

Fifty-six percent (56%) disagree and say the military does not have a clearly defined mission. Nearly one-in-four voters (23%) are not sure.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Republicans and 67% of voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties feel the United States does not have a clearly defined mission in Libya. A modest plurality (38%) of Democrats disagree and think the mission is clearly defined. The Financial

Another survey released on March 24 indicated that 45 percent of likely U.S. voters supported the president's decision, 47 percent said they thought he should have gotten congressional approval before ordering the military into action in Libya, pollsters said. UPI

The Obama Administration took the United States to war against Libya without bothering to notify Congress, much less obtain a constitutionally-mandated declaration of war. The Hill

As a candidate in 2007, then-Sen. Obama said a president could not unilaterally authorize military action without Congress' consent. That's just what he's now doing in Libya. slate.com

The United States and its allies have run into some criticism for the intensity of the firepower unleashed on Libya. rferl.org

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on March 23 sharpened his criticism of President Barack Obama's handling of military operations in Libya, pressing Obama over the mission's cost, leadership and exit strategy. Reuters

A senior Republican on the House Armed Services Committee escalated his party's attacks on the Obama's administration's military action in Libya, calling the move unconstitutional. The Hill

The CIA has sent a covert team into eastern Libya while the White House debates whether to arm the opposition revolutionaries. NPR

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