Defense & Homeland Security

White House pushes back on efforts to end Libya intervention

The White House said Thursday that President Obama believes the NATO mission in Libya is succeeding, and he is opposed to ending that mission right now.

With a number of Democrats and some Republicans pushing for an end to U.S. involvement in the mission, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the president believes most members agree with the mission.

“We believe that the policy is working,” Carney said. “We believe the goal the president has is shared by the majority of the members of Congress.”

{mosads}Carney said the president has held true to his word that the U.S. would step back from its leadership position in the bombing campaign after the early days of the mission.

And, Carney said, the White House has “consulted Congress every step of the way.”

U.S. and NATO efforts have been key to saving lives in Libya, Carney said.

“Beyond the consultation with Congress, I think the president believes very strongly that we’re doing the right thing here,” Carney said.

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