Friday, March 25, 2011

US lawmakers to act against Libya move

Illinois Republican Representative Tim Johnson

Source: Press TV

American lawmakers are studying legislation to cut off funding for the US military operations in Libya, arguing the effort lacks congressional authorization.

Leading the Congressional measure is Republican Tim Johnson, who argues that US President Barak Obama should have consulted Congress before launching the military campaign.

In an interview with The Huffington Post on Wednesday, he described Obama as the "new war-mongering president” and said the decision to launch a strike on Libya “elevates hatred toward America.”

Despite the fact that the Obama administration is not asking Congress for a supplemental bill to fund the operation, some lawmakers believe they have the means to withdraw funding and put an end to the operation.

According to a report released on Tuesday, the initial cost of a no-fly zone over Libya is likely to surpass USD 1 billion if the US-led military operations in the country persist for more than a few months.

The first day of the Operation Odyssey Dawn was estimated to have a price tag of over USD 100 million in missiles use by US forces alone.

Meanwhile, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher warned on Tuesday that America is going broke as the government is fighting three wars simultaneously.

"If we continue down on the path on which the fiscal authorities put us, we will become insolvent - the question is when," he said.

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