President Obama acted appropriately when authorizing the military to take action in Libya, Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said Thursday.

“The president has consulted with Congress on these operations — however — I also believe he has an obligation to provide Congress and the American public with ongoing updates and more details about the mission and the United States’ role in enforcing the United Nations resolution,” Udall said in a statement.

Udall said that Col. Moammar Gadhafi forced the international community into action, and the White House was right to act when it did because “the situation on the ground rapidly changing for the worse.”

Udall’s comments run counter to the tide of congressional opinion — backed by many Republicans — that accuse the president of not adequately consulting the legislature about the use of military force.

The Democratic senator does not give the president free rein, however.

“A protracted and deepening U.S. engagement in Libya is neither affordable nor is it in our long-term strategic interests,” Udall said. “Ultimately this is not our fight.”