GOP Lawmaker Backs Obama's Decisions on Libya

By Kevin Freking | March 28, 2011 | 3:48 PM EDT

Washington (AP) - President Obama's decision-making on Libya picked up a strong endorsement from a member of the Republican Party: California Rep. Duncan Hunter.

Hunter, a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, writes in the San Diego Union-Tribune that Obama was confronted with watching a humanitarian crisis unfold or standing with the international community to save lives and assist rebels who are outnumbered and outmatched.

Hunter, a member of the House Armed Services Committee whose father chaired the panel, says presidents have the power to conduct limited operations absent congressional approval to maintain the element of surprise.

Lawmakers in both parties have been divided over the president's actions. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina favored a no-fly zone while Richard Lugar of Indiana expressed reservations.