House Votes to Ban Troops for Libya War

Siobhan Hughes
The Wall Street Journal

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to prohibit ground troops from being sent to Libya and only narrowly defeated a measure to force President Barack Obama to lay out plans to end the Afghanistan war, in moves that show the limits of congressional support for military involvement in overseas conflicts.

The U.S. military’s actions on three fronts—Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq—are wearing on the public, polls show, and lawmakers are leery of additional open-ended military commitments amid a severe budget crunch.

The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan last month is also adding to the reassessment of …

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