SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Jason Chaffez, R-Utah, does not back President Obama's plan for military force in Libya.
"I've got real questions for the president," he said. "I just don't believe that you unilaterally use United States' forces the way that we have."
Chaffetz knows the Libyan people have suffered at the hands of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, but the congressman does not believe U.S. forces should take part in "policing" the globe. "No doubt that Gadhafi is one of the world's bad guys, but the use of U.S. force raises it to another level," he said.
He criticized the president for making his case to the United Nations, rather than to Congress and the American people.
After the initial phases of the military action unfold, Chaffetz says, he and other members of Congress will press the issue. "Unless there's a clear and present danger to the United States of America, I don't think you use U.S. forces in North Africa in what is the equivalent of a civil war," he said.
— Jed Boal