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Welcome back to Hannity now we just -- with that Morris about the criticism the President Obama is receiving courtesy of his friends on the left over Libya.
And for more on this democratic backlash I'm joined by former democratic congressman from Pennsylvania -- suspect.
Congressman -- say welcome back to program.
Good to -- action -- of the criticism.
Can you tell me could you tell America.
They -- friends in congress you've been -- yourself who is heading up operation Odyssey dawn who's in charge of this.
Without a question right now it is the United States and if I could.
My viewpoint said I'm gonna give you -- it was -- from 31 years the United States navy doing a no fly zone over Iraq strikes against Afghanistan and also serving at the -- and he just like Clinton.
They're not shaped by.
Certainly any liberalism -- by a pragmatic approach that -- the cost vs the benefits and that's my concern.
-- -- -- but yeah -- resonates you -- what you are probably one of the few that actually believe America's hating this separate out.
But does the president himself said that we are playing a supportive role.
The administration has said they're playing a supportive role and all of the Sunday shows they're playing a supportive -- so we are not heading this up.
Nicholas Sarkozy Great Britain France and and England they seem to be heading a -- Does that concern you that the president has given conflicting messages via -- be his secretary of state his own words.
And I'll buy it with his Defense Secretary -- -- heading this up.
Without any question -- about 13540.
Tomahawk missiles that are fired by the United States.
All the refueling.
And all the command -- control -- by us we are the muscle in this operation but I agree with this.
Whenever men and women of the United States placed into harm's way I want the United States to have leadership I do not believe.
That we should back away from this I feel -- earlier on in this crisis we should have made a strong determination will we.
Or won't -- rather than being had apparently dragged into this by the Arab League France and England always.
Yeah but but but -- and an admiral -- is set.
That that was our role is going to be short term and then he's leaving it and so we don't really know what the mission -- -- this uniform one democratic congress we -- one calling for impeachment.
We have others saying that he should have gone to congress here's what one democratic.
Congressman said they -- the Arab League the United Nations they didn't consult the united state -- states congress George Bush.
Got the authorization for the use of force in Iraq and formed a coalition.
Did the president make a mistake by not doing that.
I think getting calls for impeachment -- ridiculous.
And yes I do think the president should have better consulted.
But look since World War II you know as well as ID from Korea on presidents and that it takes -- action.
Like this has has been now all that said admiral Mullen also said something that was very insightful over the weekend when he stated.
Will drive where this goes in the future that concerns me.
Because our military force that we -- used must be very carefully matched with the political objective what is it.
If -- humanitarian assistance that's one thing right but if it is to remove -- eventually by some means but how do we ever extradite ourselves.
They've played -- like that certain objective.
But the president did not say that -- real this weekend but I agree with you about the war powers act I agree there -- issues that probably should be resolved.
But I are you concerned about the president's vacillation.
Being consistent message from.
From top cabinet members are you concerned about mission creep that has -- -- started.
With due respect to the commander in chief and administration know I am concerned that early on we did not somehow on -- own -- to speak up not only in the international community but to a public.
That has been too -- too long wars for a decade.
To say here's where we're going and here is what the end game is.
A look you and I both remember Bosnia.
Where after 78 days of air strikes having said that no ground troops would ever be in there there were ground troops but look I.
Yeah and so my thing -- you cannot say -- are ever take off the table.
Ground intervention I don't think we should I agree with you I am curious is that we -- -- -- -- wise one but.
-- we better have an objective.
The president's seven Rio -- you know we're gonna make the world safe from tyrants but we don't miss a day and we don't have to move -- -- got -- go away in Bahrain Yemen.
We gonna insert ourselves and Syria Lebanon that we can insert ourselves in Saudi Arabia.
I mean -- what what is what is -- how we define success she what does our mission here.
End -- what is the new Obama standard here.
Boys -- taken look I'm a believer that the Clinton administration should have intervened for example wander in the first George Bush was correct.
In Somalia when we first went in but then you remember.
We change the military and the political objective but didn't build up our forces to matches and that is my concern here we put up with a -- -- so.
-- dad has had.
-- star Robert Taylor rob them of god be my point is that.
We you have to weigh the cost vs the benefits and if we do go into this thing you cannot just say that we're in and then work out not when men and women United States are involved I would week.
Have done this for Egypt for example just a month and a half ago.
I care about humanitarian concerns it is one of our interest but I don't think this matched up to it it -- to -- When I gotta take if we're not in this to win it and by definition I would say when he has to be the bee removal of -- of Qaddafi.
And you know I also the field and into -- in the next segment are -- supporting X the aren't these rebels and anyways connected to al-Qaeda -- it's a big question in this evidence they may be.
Got this is -- political end game that is so uncertain that gives me Paul the pause that I brought out.
Yeah I think you -- and some -- objectives.
We wish our military men and women the best as always but thank you for being as always thank you -- coming -- and as well Japan.
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