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-- more than a week -- operation Odyssey dawn began but how long should the US be involved in the conflict.
Joining us now North Carolina senator Kay Hagan she is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee senator thank you for your time today.
Thank you Shannon.
I want to start by asking you first of all how you felt about the president moving ahead.
Many on both sides of the -- been critical about him not taking this action in Libya without coming to you to you first in in congress.
And what do you feel about the level of involvement now that operations earned her way.
Well we did have -- they closed briefing the senators did.
And -- the UN's Security Council did issue a resolution going forward with the no flight -- And that president needed to take action to prevent bloodshed in the streets when you see colonel Qaddafi actually saying.
He is gonna go from house to house.
That atrocities that have been committed needed to be stopped and that's why.
We went forward.
And I didn't want to highlight.
The North Carolina Marines based at camp -- in Jacksonville, North Carolina and cherry point and have a lot North Carolina we have 16100 Marines from North Carolina.
That are fighting this fight.
And they were able to rescue that F fifteen fighter pilots.
That got -- due to the malfunctioning of the of the aircraft within three hours in the middle of the night.
And then also the weapons officer.
Was actually also rescued by.
The people in Libya and those individuals are safe.
And with the Americans.
Senator we -- so happy about that I had this distinct privilege of living in North Carolina for a few years.
-- many of those troops and a wonderful families we know that Sylmar so much fabric part of the state there.
On how concerned are you about how thin some say our military's being stretched not only in Libya but.
Obviously with the ongoing situations in Iraq and Afghanistan and around the world as well.
-- CNN since you live in North Carolina and you know that North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation.
And we really need to give our thanks every day to these brave men and women who are putting themselves -- to protect others.
And -- but you know I think we will hear from the president tomorrow night and his addressed in the nation concerning Libya.
And we obviously do not want to have this to be a a protracted drawn out situation our focus needs to be on Afghanistan where we have a 100000 troops.
That are fighting that fights and that's where our focus should should be that we certainly.
Needed to prevent the atrocities.
Of from colonel Qaddafi of slaughtering his and innocent civilians.
What your expectations for the president's speech tomorrow night's when he thinks he needs to say to you as a member of congress and and more broadly to the American people about what's going on in Libya.
Shannon I serve on the Senate Armed Services Committee I'm also chairman of the subcommittee on emerging threats.
And will be meeting next week talking about Libya.
And putting forward strategy.
But I think it's premature to say and I think we will all be attuned to what the president has to say tomorrow night.
Right senator -- and we thank you very much out of North Carolina we thank the many troops that we know you represent their and their families as well.
Thank you very much.
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