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Lawmakers Slam Obama over Libya War

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TEHRAN, July 13 (ICANA) – US lawmakers on Capitol Hill have criticized President Barack Obama's handling of the war in Libya.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 8:21:02 PM
Lawmakers Slam Obama over Libya War

The US congressmen said the Obama administration has used hundreds of millions of dollars in Pentagon accounts to cover the costs, despite the US economic challenges, Press TV reported on Wednesday.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who has been leading the opposition on Capitol Hill, says the voters will force the issue to the forefront and turn it into a major political burden for Obama.

In late June, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution that authorized continued American participation in the NATO-led war in Libya.

The resolution allows the mission to go on for one year but bans the deployment of US troops on the ground. It also puts the removal of Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi on top of US foreign policy objectives.

Some experts say Capitol Hill lawmakers lack the political will or unity to find a way to rein in Obama's actions.

“I would say to Congress you should take all that money out of the military and put it into programs that actually build democracy and peace and justice,” Director of Washington Peace Center Sonia Silbert said.

“It's so unfair at this point we see the massive budget cuts we are facing domestically and on very local level people are not getting food they need; they are not getting education they need; they are not getting housing they need and yet we have money in the Pentagon and the money in the military budget to add just to the list of countries that we are bombing," she added.

Peace activists say there is a growing anti-war grassroots movement in the US which could force the issue to the forefront.

The White House says it is prepared to support Russian-led negotiations in Libya only if they lead to a democratic transition of power and Gaddafi's stepping down.

Libya has been the scene of intense fighting between government troops and revolutionary forces since mid-February. The deadly conflict has left thousands of people dead and many others wounded.

Revolutionary forces want an end to Gaddafi's decades-long rule.

NATO launched a major air campaign against the forces of the Libyan regime in mid-March under a UN mandate to “protect the Libyan population.”

However, the military alliance has admitted that its forces have killed scores of civilians and wounded many others in the ongoing aerial attacks on key Libyan cities.

NATO has also recently intensified its attacks on Libya in an alleged attempt to increase pressure on Gaddafi.

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