Does anyone know exactly what our mission is and how we’ll know when we’ve achieved it? What is the end game? What are the metrics or benchmarks of success?
At the same time, today the House will consider expanding the authorization for use of military force, empowering a president to start firing bombs and missiles virtually at his whim, against any nation or non-state actor that appears to pose a threat. And without so much as a check-in or a consultation with Congress.
I’ve had enough over the last decade of this state of permanent warfare. I have five grandchildren and not one of them knows what it’s like to live in a country that’s not at war with someone and killing someone else’s grandchildren.
It’s time to put the brakes on. It’s time for Congress to draw some clear lines, and Libya is the perfect place to do so. That’s why I am supporting Rep. John Conyers’ (D-Mich.) amendment to the defense authorization bill specifically prohibiting the deployment of ground troops in Libya.
We cannot afford any further expansion of this engagement. We owe it to the American people who are footing the bill – and of course to our servicemen and women who are already fighting on two fronts – to keep this mission from mushrooming into a full-blown ground war and military occupation.
We must not put boots on the ground in Libya, and we must close any loophole that allows any president to do so.
We still have combat troops in Iraq. We’re spending a staggering $10 billion every month on an ongoing war in Afghanistan that has been a devastating moral and strategic failure.
We can’t keep doing this. Our military is at a breaking point. The American people’s patience is wearing thin. Two wars are already more than we can handle.
Let’s define the mission in Libya, complete it, and get out of there. Anything less is a replay of Iraq and Afghanistan, where we must move just as quickly to bring our troops home.