It’s important that the Libyan people oust Col. Moammar Gadhafi themselves, Sen. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerReid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option Immigration was barely covered in the debates GOP leaders advise members to proceed with caution on Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) said Friday.
Schumer said the U.S. could be involved in getting rid of Gadhafi, but that it would be best if this were done by Libyans themselves.
“I think it's important that he be ousted from power and I think it'd be a lot better if his own people ousted him,” Schumer said on MSNBC.
Schumer’s comments come as the Obama administration faces criticism from Republicans in Congress over the goals for the Libyan campaign. In a letter to Obama, Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDems brace for immigration battle 56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race Trump may pose problem for Ryan in Speaker vote MORE (R-Ohio) complained of a “sometimes contradictory” case for the war.
The administration has insisted that the military’s mission is to protect Libyan civilians, describing the campaign as an effort to prevent a humanitarian crisis. Yet the mission has also bombed Gadhafi’s compound, and officials have said U.S. policy is that Gadhafi should leave power. Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: 'I have nothing to do with Russia' Trump turns up heat on Clinton in Fla. Trump rally roars at media in Tampa MORE has said it would be difficult to have peace in Libya with Gadhafi around.
Schumer said that the U.S. has been succeeding in the goals it set in getting involved in Libya: offering humanitarian aid and disrupting “command and control lines of Gadhafi.”
Schumer described the mission as also to allow rebel forces in Libya to strengthen themselves and remove Gadhafi from power.