WASHINGTON – The U.S. and NATO will continue military operations in Libya as long as Moammar Gadhafi keeps attacking his people, the White House said Friday as top U.S. officials met in Washington with leaders of the Libyan opposition.
The meetings come as a deadline nears on the 60-day window President Barack Obama has to keep the U.S. military involved in the Libya campaign without congressional approval. While lawmakers do not appear likely to enforce the limits outlined in the War Powers Resolution, U.S. officials said they are looking for ways to keep U.S. action in Libya in compliance.
White House spokesman Jay Carney offered no specifics Friday on how the U.S. planned to do that, only saying that officials were, "in regular communications with Congress and that will continue."
Administration officials have been eager to show signs of progress in the Libyan bombing campaign, first led by the U.S. and now overseen by NATO. Obama met privately in the Oval Office on Friday with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the White House said the two agreed that the military action would go on until Gadhafi's assault on civilians stopped.