Arizona Senators complain about Libya action

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Senator Jon Kyl weighed in on the Libya conflict Monday after touring the Steward Observatory mirror lab at the University of Arizona.

He says the United States should have taken action sooner.

As the third straight night of attacks against Moammar Gadhafi's regime continues in Tripoli, a growing group of Republican Senators say the United States should have gotten involved sooner.

"I agree with Sen. McCain that we lost the opportunity 2 weeks ago to in effect freeze the situation on the ground after the rebels in Libya had taken over all of the country except just the internal part of Tripoli," said Senator Jon Kyl.

Kyl says, so far, the President hasn't laid out any clear plan for ousting Gadhafi, even as U.S. Forces there begin to diminish.

"If the leader of the world, the President of the United States, doesn't follow up on that and see that Gadhafi goes, then obviously the world looks upon Barack Obama as an ineffectual President, and upon the United States as a weak country, unwilling to follow up on what the President has said," said Kyl.

In the meantime, the President defends his decision to send air forces to Libya with the sole purpose of protecting civilians.

"I think it's very easy to square our military actions and our stated policies. Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the Security Council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by Colonel Gadhafi to his people," said Obama.

But until the President lays out a clear plan to follow through on his call to take out Gadhafi, Kyl says he won't gain the support of congress and the American people.

When asked, Senator Kyl offered no specifics of his own on how the United States and coalition allies should proceed in Libya, or how to remove Gadhafi from power.

As for the remaining 21 months of his final term, Kyl says he wants to continue pushing for what he calls a more pro-growth tax policy, get the budget under control and work to secure the border.