Boehner: First Libya strikes OK, but Obama must consult Congress before further action 

House Speaker John Boehner has just issued his first statement on the U.S. attack on Libya.  In the statement, Boehner expresses his approval of the initial strikes but says that before the U.S. takes further military action, the administration "must do a better job of briefing members of Congress" about the Libya mission.  Here is Boehner's statement, in full:

The United States has a moral obligation to stand with those who seek freedom from oppression and self-government for their people.  It’s unacceptable and outrageous for Qadhafi to attack his own people, and the violence must stop. 

The President is the commander-in-chief, but the Administration has a responsibility to define for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is, better explain what America’s role is in achieving that mission, and make clear how it will be accomplished.  Before any further military commitments are made, the Administration must do a better job of briefing members of Congress and communicating to the American people about our mission in Libya and how it will be achieved.

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