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Libya Conflict

Recorded on June 21, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Our Constitution splits the war powers between the President and the Congress. Those two branches must cooperate, and Presidents should not launch unilateral military actions like President Obama did in Libya.

He's created a mess. Nobody knows the true goals of the rebels he's helping. They could turn out to be backers of another radical Islamist government that wants to bring down America.

But before Congress cuts off funding immediately, we have to remember our NATO treaty allies who Obama brought into Libyan operations. If we pull the plug quickly, what will these allies do the next time we ask for their help, sometime when we really need it for national security.

Congress should insist that NATO's September deadline not be extended and the operations not be expanded. What Obama did was wrong, but abandoning our allies would just add another wrong.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.