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Carney: Libya Couldn’t Wait for Congress

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today said President Obama acted against Libya without prior approval from Congress because waiting would have cost lives.

Had we waited for Congress to act … there is no doubt in our minds that Qaddafi’s forces would have controlled Benghazi and there would have been a great deal of people killed in the process.

In an off-camera “gaggle” with reporters today at the White House, Carney sought to push back on all fronts against criticism of the administration’s handling of the Libya operation.

According to POLITICO’s notes from the gaggle, which I was not able to attend:

“The president believes that consultations with Congress are important,” Carney says, deftly. “He has done that, and he’s instructed senior staff here to do that. And we have.”

“I want people to be aware of the variety of ways in hearings and in briefings where senior people have been informing members of Congress,” he continues.

Carney then rattles off a long list of meetings, classified briefings and committee hearings that White House officials have had with members of Congress.

Some of those include a March 1 closed briefing with Senate members, March 2 testimony by Defense Secretary Robert Gates Adm. Mike Mullen and March 2 testimony by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The list goes on,” Carney says . . .

“The questions that have been outlined by members of Congress, by and large, have been answered,” Carney says.

Carney insisted Obama has explained his position on Libya and would continue to do so.

You’ll be hearing from the president on this with relative frequency and relatively soon

Asked if Obama would consider a prime time address, Carney asserted that’s “not the question here.”

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6 Responses to Carney: Libya Couldn’t Wait for Congress

  1. Yeah–well, lives are being lost now–the hosps are overflowing acc to one report. Not to mention trashing houses and villages of people who didn’t have much to start with. we are told this means no torture, beheadings, disappearances in the night–etc–but how do we know?

  2. Last nite, O’Reilly was in a swivet saying anybody who opposed this was obviously okay with people being slaughtered before their very eyes–are you comfortable with that, he kept saying. No–and I didn’t quit beatng my wife, either, Bill. Like the charge of racism, there is no answer to that. This is geopolitics…rough stuff. He was saying we are so “exceptional,” so compassionate as a people we could not let slaughter happen. Well, we do all the time. He also said no troops on the ground–he would oppose that. Well, why stop there, Bill? Anyhow, it was irritating…I do go on. If enjoy Bill a lot of the time, but I wonder how much time he puts into research. He keeps saying, “We don’t speculate.” This is ALL speculation–on all our parts.

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