Republican Leader Says Obama Must Explain U.S. Mission in Libya

By Staff | March 21, 2011 | 6:23 AM EDT

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio takes part in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

( - House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued a statement Sunday, telling President Obama he must clarify the U.S. military mission in Libya. The statement reads as follows:

The United States has a moral obligation to stand with those who seek freedom from oppression and self-government for their people.  It’s unacceptable and outrageous for Qadhafi to attack his own people, and the violence must stop.

The President is the commander-in-chief, but the Administration has a responsibility to define for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is, better explain what America’s role is in achieving that mission, and make clear how it will be accomplished.  Before any further military commitments are made, the Administration must do a better job of communicating to the American people and to Congress about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved.