Inhofe blasts Obama on Libya, “in shock” over lack of consultation

posted at 6:30 pm on March 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Hot Air spoke to Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in an exclusive interview a few minutes ago just after he returned to Washington after more than a week at home in Oklahoma, with his first media response to the military action in Libya. Inhofe, the second-ranking member of the Armed Services Committee and also a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, says he was never consulted by the White House on the action, and after checking with both Democrats and Republicans on those committees, isn’t sure anyone was consulted.  Inhofe accused Obama of reversing his stance on intervention in order to take credit for leadership of the coalition, and suggested that Obama waited until Congress was in recess to pull the trigger:

“I don’t think it’s good policy” to keep Congress out of the decision process on military intervention, Inhofe told me, noting that George W. Bush came to Congress first before beginning offensive military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.  When I asked Inhofe whether Congress would have authorized the President’s move had Obama consulted Capitol Hill, Inhofe expressed some reservations.  “You almost have to wonder if he did this intentionally,” Inhofe says about the timing of the decision, “because we were out of session in a recess.”  Inhofe objects to the fact that he wasn’t consulted as a member of the two committees with oversight in this situation, but “even his own Democrat leadership was not consulted,” and says that Obama will have a hard time explaining that in his speech tonight.

Even apart from the timing, Inhofe has more questions than answers.  “Are we going to be able to do it with just air power alone?  We don’t know that,” Inhofe says.  “Are we teaming up with the very people we’re fighting in Afghanistan — al-Qaeda?”  Inhofe also questions whether Obama has thoroughly planned resources for the mission after a series of “downgrades” of the military.  For instance, the mission uses C-17s, Inhofe says, a program that Obama has stopped, “one of the worst things he’s done.”

Inhofe then goes on to discuss environmental policy at length.  He expects to get a floor vote on his amendment tomorrow, and claims to have three Democrats ready to support it: Joe Manchin, Mark Pryor, and Mary Landrieu.  Inhofe also warns that Democrats are trying to dilute the pressure they face over the EPA’s efforts to conduct its end-around on Congressional authority on global warming.  Inhofe says his bill will get a vote just as soon as Harry Reid is confident that it can be defeated.

What can people do to help Inhofe win the vote?  Call your Senator today and tomorrow and tell him or her that the EPA’s efforts to regulate carbon dioxide will damage the economy and put too much power in the hands of bureaucrats.


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and suggested that Obama waited until Congress was in recess to pull the trigger

That’s one explanation for the dithering…

ladyingray on March 28, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Shocked, I say. Is he related to Capt Reneau[or whatever his name was,,you get my point]

retiredeagle on March 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM

and suggested that Obama waited until Congress was in recess to pull the trigger

That kind of rhetoric will get people killed, sir.

portlandon on March 28, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Obama forgot to tell you, the Congress doesn’t matter.

tarpon on March 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Inhofe and every other member of the GOP leadership should be out in front of the people taking this fight directly to Obama and his cabinet of czars. Instead they sit back and let the state run media lap them twice with no response.

Keemo on March 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM

The legislative branch is a bunch of negative rights.

esnap on March 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Excellent job Ed.

In the old days this would have been a special “Vent”!

Zorro on March 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

How can this be? A lefty “friend” just told me that “it’s not a war, it’s a multi-national, UN sanctioned, limited action, no boots on the ground, no fly zone!”

Vera on March 28, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Political Punch
Power, pop, and probings from ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper
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Rumsfeld: Confusion Reigns in Obama Libya Action
March 27, 2011 9:55 AM
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(VIDEO 10:02)

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld used the word “confusion” six times in an interview on ABC News’ ‘This Week’ to describe the United Nations-backed military effort in Libya.

“The first thing you have to do,” Rumsfeld told ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, “is recognize…the mission has to determine the coalition. The coalition ought not determine the mission.”

“If you go into something with confusion and ambiguity about what the mission is – and we’ve heard four or five different explanations about why we’re there – and that is the root of the problem. The confusion that comes from that,” Rumsfeld told Tapper on “This Week.”

“Confusion about what the mission is, confusion about who the rebels are, confusion about whether or not Gadhafi should be left in power, confusion about what the command and control should be,” Rumsfeld said.

The former defense secretary, who served in that position under both Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, told Tapper he thought the coalition involved in the Libya mission did not compare favorably to the coalition President George W. Bush put together to fight the “global war on terror.”

“The coalition that is in place with respect to Libya is the smallest one in modern history,” Rumsfeld said.

“We had over 90 countries in the global war on terror that President Bush and Colin Powell put in place. We had dozens of countries involved in Afghanistan, dozens of countries involved in Iraq. … And still, the Democrats were alleging that it was President Bush was a unilateralist. It’s nonsense,” he insisted.
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http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2011/03/rumsfeld-confusion-reigns-in-obama-libya-action.html

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

and says that Obama will have a hard time explaining that in his speech tonight

no worries, TOTUS is ready to go….

let me be clear, I won, not like W….anything else?

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

**********************Unilaterally************************

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Kinda smacks of CowBoying Up!(sarc).

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:04 PM

tea cup ready to go C? :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:06 PM

RAF Tornado GR4 Destroys 3 Armoured Vehicles Libya.
Mar 27 2011
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fc0_1301226015

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:08 PM

open thread tonight allah?

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:09 PM

ooopsie Ed….

:)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

tea cup ready to go C? :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:06 PM

cmsinaz:Yes,and that reminds me,to find a streaming link,
for Hopeys ReClarification Libya Speech!

Or,strut up the stairs to watch Fox,haha!!:)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Inhofe and every other member of the GOP leadership should be out in front of the people taking this fight directly to Obama and his cabinet of czars. Instead they sit back and let the state run media lap them twice with no response.

Keemo on March 28, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Perhaps the scorn or lack thereof will come after the explanation. Good move to wait and see what the saviour of the labor movement that is sweeping the Earth with hopenchange has to say before commenting.

Key West Reader on March 28, 2011 at 7:11 PM

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:10 PM

got it there now…

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:12 PM

no worries, TOTUS is ready to go….

let me be clear, I won, not like W….anything else?

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM

I am praying for Divine Intervention. TOTUS will not be operative and this thing will be exposed.

Key West Reader on March 28, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Smart move on Barry’s part to have his speech in front of a captive audience.You know they’ve been told to be “enthusiastic.”He’ll look all Military leader and all standing in front of those American flags…..

sandee on March 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Can we impeach him yet? Obama, that is.

Fortunata on March 28, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Key West Reader on March 28, 2011 at 7:13 PM

tee hee :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:15 PM

I’m not sure I’d ever heard of Senator Inhofe before I saw Ed interview him a few times now. But dang, he sure has his head screwed on straight. Particularly on energy policy.

beancounter on March 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Live Streaming Fox News on tonights Libya Obama Speech
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FOX 28/Stand By For Cut-In.

http://www.fox28.com/global/video/flash/popupplayer.asp?vt1=l&d1=0&ClipId1=mms%3A//a1063.l4920959062.c49209.n.lm.akamaistream.net/D/1063/49209/v0001/reflector%3A59062&LiveURI=mms%3A//a1063.l4920959062.c49209.n.lm.akamaistream.net/D/1063/49209/v0001/reflector%3A59062&h1=Live Video&at1=News&LiveURITitle=Live%20Video&LaunchPageAdTag=News&fvCatNo=undefined&secure=undefined&akPort=undefined&akProfile=undefined&rnd=84643416

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

Oh Sh*it Libya open thread,catch everyone over there!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

head to the open thread :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Smart move on Barry’s part to have his speech in front of a captive audience.You know they’ve been told to be “enthusiastic.”He’ll look all Military leader and all standing in front of those American flags…..

sandee on March 28, 2011 at 7:14 PM

Will they get the clap on?

Key West Reader on March 28, 2011 at 7:24 PM

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM
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head to the open thread :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 7:18 PM

cmsinaz:Thanks,yup—————:)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Obama’s eliminating the C-17′S? I didn’t know that. Where does he get the authority to just eliminate an aircraft? Isn’t this our newest transport aircraft? Do we have anything at all to replace it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-17_Globemaster_III

JellyToast on March 28, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Who are we to question his inner Hu?

chickasaw42 on March 28, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Impeach Obowma? Hardly. He’s going to be re-elected.

SwabJockey on March 28, 2011 at 7:56 PM

How did they end the C-17? They’re still building them for the USAF and will be until at least 2013. Browsing some more Wikipedia info, it looks like India just ordered 10 of them as well.

strictnein on March 28, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Jimmy Carter ended development of the B-1 when he was President but I know the guy who took charge under a different name so when President Reagan took office the B-1 immediately sprang back to life. They had been working on it the entire time and were ready to go full speed ahead.

In the DoD they can work around dumb Presidents like Carter and Obama by renaming programs and in this case getting Foreign Military Sales to keep the lines open.

We could use some more C-17′s with the aging C-5 fleet as the C-141′s have already been retired. Obama forgets when he travels on AF One that C-17′s travel right along to bring all the equipment required. Maybe he thinks they should only be for him. January 2013 cannot come soon enough.

PhiKapMom on March 28, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Poo.

Mason on March 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM