Moran Ups Ante, Votes for US Ground Troops in Libya

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    We all know that Congressman Jim Moran supports the intervention by the United States and our European allies in what has essentially become a civil war in Libya. But today Jim Moran upped his support for the military intervention in Libya by being one of only FIVE members of Congress to oppose an amendment that would keep members of the Armed Forces, or private security contractors, from being deployed on the ground in Libya except for specific purposes related to the rescue of a member of the Armed Forces.

    Check out the vote here. Even as the Congress bickers over whether or not they need to step up and require President Obama to comply with the War Powers Act, the House of Representatives has voted overwhelming to ensure that our role in the intervention remains limited. A whopping 416 members of the House of Representatives voted for an amendment offered by Congressman Conyers of Michigan to prohibit the use of funding to, quote, “deploy, establish, or maintain the presence of Members of the Armed Forces or private security contractors on the ground in Libya unless the purpose of the presence is to rescue a Member of the Armed Forces from imminent danger.”

    Why was Jim Moran one of only FIVE members to vote against this common sense amendment? The overwhelmingly bipartisan message is no ground troops in Libya. What is Jim Moran’s justification of sending ground troops into Libya?