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Pompeo objects to Libya campaign

Sunday marked the 90th day since NATO began efforts to protect pro-democracy protesters in Libya and to force out president Moammar Gadhafi. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, objects to the campaign and to the fact that President Obama hasn't received congressional approval, which Pompeo considers a violation of the War Powers Act. "President Obama made a decision to commit American resources to the struggle in Libya, even though the turmoil in that country does not pose a threat to the United States nor do we have vital interest there," Pompeo said in a statement. "As a member of the body which maintains the powers to provide for the common defense, raise and support armies, provide and maintain a navy, and to declare war, I take issue with the president's rash military actions in Libya, along with the fact that, to date, he has failed to obtain authorization from the U.S. Congress for this mission."