Operation Odyssey Dawn and U.S. Military Operations In Libya, Committee on Armed Services, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, March 31, 2011   [open pdf - 559KB]

This is the March 31, 2011 hearing "Operation Odyssey Dawn" held before the House Armed Services Committee. From the opening statement of Howard P. McKeon: "The House Armed Services Committee meets today to receive testimony on the President's decision to commit Armed Forces in an international effort to shield Libya's civilian population from the fury of a repressive tyrant. I commend our fighting forces for manning the wall between freedom and tyranny, and I honor their bravery, but I have concerns about our objectives in Libya, our contribution to meeting those goals, and the length of America's commitment to what could be a prolonged conflict. […] With Iraq and Afghanistan already occupying a considerable share of American resources, I sincerely hope that this is not the start of a third elongated conflict, especially in a region where we have other, more discernible strategic interests. With America's fighting men and women in harm's way, it is not my intention to second-guess or undermine the administration's authority, but I would like an explanation of the nature of this threat and how American interests will be advanced through the use of military power." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Howard P. Mckeon, Adam Smith, and Robert M. Gates.

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H.A.S.C. No. 112-31; House Armed Services Committee No. 112-31
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