Levin emphasized that the goal is not to unseat Gaddafi using military force. He said there are other ways to do that, specifically that the people remove him from power or seriously weaken him so that he cannot hurt civilians. He also said the United States must work in conjunction with its international partners and must not make unilateral decisions.
The mission in Libya is very different from the military action in Iraq, which did not have U.N. support, Levin said. “There was no U.N. support in Iraq, and it made a big difference,” he added.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.