Operation Odyssey Dawn and the Situation in Libya, Hearing Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 31, 2011   [open pdf - 291KB]

From the opening statement of Carl Levin: "Over the past few weeks, President Obama has carefully helped assemble a broad military coalition supported by a U.N. Resolution. The coalition has established a no-fly zone and an arms embargo, stopped Moammar Qadhafi's advancing army, and has seamlessly passed the command of the military effort from a U.S.-led joint task force to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The fast pace at which the administration has moved and at which the Department of Defense (DOD) has deployed forces is to be commended. It is a testament to the leadership of the Department and to the skill and flexibility of the men and women of our Armed Forces. It is a remarkable moment in history when the international community unites and acts to stop a tyrant bent on massacring his people. Today, Qadhafi and his supporters are more isolated. His military capabilities have been degraded by coalition airstrikes that will continue until Qadhafi ends his military attacks on his own people. As President Obama has said, while the military mission is focused on saving lives, we must also pursue the broader goal of a future for Libya that belongs not to a tyrant, but to the Libyan people." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Carl Levin, Robert M. Gates, and Michael G. Mullen.

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S. Hrg. 112-162; Senate Hearing 112-162
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