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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.