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-- and joining us tonight for more on middle east policy and Nile -- of The Heritage Foundation.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Fox News contributor.
Let's start now in your judgment right now is the president's.
Is the president going to be able to persuade congress to continue the very the conflict.
And the US involvement -- Well I do think it's important that's -- Obama make.
Makes -- very clear case to the congress and to the American people for continued but US involvement in Libya and -- -- like do you think it's very important.
But the United States plays a full role as a native -- up.
In support all of NATO operations to protect civilians.
Ultimately hopefully to remove Qaddafi from power would dealing with.
A real -- stood here someone who has killed large numbers of design people he has American -- of blood.
On his hands with the Lockerbie bombing and answers of -- a terrorist attacks.
And I do think that present Obama.
Should be showing some very strong leadership all be Libyan question at the moment I think his policy at the very much leading from behind.
Not that simply not good enough to the situation.
Point on it -- What is the Libyan question -- And -- because we've already heard from our own government officials there is -- US vital interest involved.
Yeah I do think that's.
It is important that the United States as a leading member of the NATO alliance.
Plays an important role.
In enforcing the UN Security Council resolution here the protection -- -- is like I do think there is a a national interest.
-- in -- that this operation.
Is a great success if it's not a success like do you think it would undermine.
A NATO would undermine US leadership on the world stage.
It would allow a brutal tyrant but to get away with notice like I do you think they're -- important US -- -- interest -- -- -- I didn't necessarily the President Obama.
Hasn't done a very good -- are certainly all -- presenting the case to the American people.
Well there's a growing number of congressman who say the president is violating the constitution.
And I want to turn through Judy Miller on this.
Violating the constitution by not consulting congress on.
Military action in Libya this is what the congressman had to say today.
-- president like him or not violated the constitution by.
Taking us into a war against Libya without having to consent of congress and it's very clear.
Another war powers act gives us an opportunity to be able to have a vote -- when congress returns there will be a vote.
-- -- Did he violate the constitution your judgment or will he if he goes beyond that statutory law.
Well Lou first of all I am not a lawyer had happily -- have many problems that come -- long and hard about not among them one thing I want to say is the White House argues that they are not in violation of the constitution.
Because this they say is not a war.
There is some -- at -- time is limited at time -- when it is military and military action for humanitarian purposes.
Hammer over all of those peoples and including mr.
Kucinich who rushed forward and said.
He is violating the war powers act by not reporting.
This mission within 48 hours.
-- White House did.
Go forward with an explanation to congress within 48 hours and technically tactically -- The White House has another thirty days after next Friday's deadline.
To wind down US involvement in Libya if congress you -- -- and I don't have risen.
Many of the end.
Our fellow Americans present Washington and it's all politics and it's partisan because it seems to.
-- he returned about secretary of state Hillary Clinton.
Who -- a young staff who worked on Capitol Hill war powers act was born she said during the campaign against President Obama.
Then candidate Obama.
That he's the kind of fellow who would not pay attention to the war powers act.
-- -- It was pretty close to right that's true because her how to put out didn't I there but I.
You forgot to tell us where she would be content that's true journalism and in fact no president has -- to -- attention to this law it was passed over the objection of the presidents it was passed.
By two thirds of the congress but all presidents have chosen -- pretty much ignore it.
You have the punitive tar group Mahmud Jibril yes the leader of transitional national council look at.
Your impressions your thoughts and enormously sophisticated and impressive human being.
And in fact he is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh he got a master's and Ph.D.
there and political science he's thoughtful.
He says I am not the prime minister I am -- manager.
Of the transition.
Into something that the Libyan people will decide he's humble he's Smart he's very focused on getting shot and.
I want to go to the Muslim Brotherhood you know attractive to all Qaeda now is he can actually do any terrorist organization because.
That has been that has been the course that we've heard when it comes to the opposition as you know from hallmark -- opera I don't know who they are.
Sounds like you know a little bit about my ideas.
Yeah -- I think I know who he is I think I know with the top people around him are they are enormously impressive American trained people.
Are they quarreling with one another yes there's a little bit of tension is that tension under control yes -- they islamists know.
Are they committed to creating -- need is something that we would consider to be a democratic.
And you know they are committed to letting the Libyan people decide through the ballot box whom they wish to govern them.
And that's some ups and -- leap forward from what we've had that's kind of more -- language out of Washington has been -- -- You know it it's letting the people decide and I think that.
He right now he needs money and that's why he came to Washington to make the pitch to unfreeze some of -- is money.
That we -- he says give it to this transitional national council.
Will spend it on behalf of democracy.
Democracy now the them -- -- Alan I'm not garner very quickly.
What is the outcome we're now are two just about two months.
Is you put it NATO the United States.
Does -- -- have a future in governance.
Well I agree with with Judy I think there is a viable emerging.
Opposition here -- we should be supporting -- position especially by freeing.
Money and assets which they.
They vice city need to we do have to be very capital to allow.
-- -- -- To take -- I Libya I do -- the end game that clearly.
Is this coming on I think that -- look at that his days on London and we have seen NATO strikes increasing intensity.
I'd be very surprised if we have couldn't -- accident.
Say two months from now.
Two months from now.
I'm not so sure how time limited that is -- are we appreciated -- Gardiner thank you -- thank you Q thank.
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