Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Wilson: UN Resolution Is No Substitute for American Foreign Policy

Mar 21, 2011
Press Release

Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, released the following statement after the Administration announcement to impose a no-fly zone over the airspace in Libya: 

“Authorizing military action before setting a clear objective places our brave soldiers at risk for an indefinite amount of time. A United Nations’ Security Council resolution is no substitute for American foreign policy. Today, the President stated, ‘It is U.S. policy that Qaddafi needs to go…’ but the UN resolution makes no mention of a regime change.  The Administration must explain the intent of such military actions to the American people as well as Congress.

From this point forward, Congressional leaders must be informed of the strategy and overall goal being attained. Members of Congress and the American people have a right to be told as to the developments concerning our troops in the region. 

The United States is a leader in aiding those seeking to achieve democracy. It must not hide from this responsibility. The people of Libya are attempting to rid themselves of a dictator in order to become self-governed. However, the Administration’s military objective must be outlined to the American people and Congress without further delay.”