North Country reps chime in on intervention in Libya

The region's representatives in Congress are weighing in on the crisis in Libya.

Bill Owens, the Democrat representing New York's 23rd Congressional District, says he supports efforts to free the Libyan people from the grip of a powerful dictator.

But he also has reservations as the U.S. continues military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, 20th Congressional District Representative Chris Gibson, a Republican and retired Army colonel, says the U.S. has no business getting involved in Libya.

"Certainly, I empathize with the Libyan people who desire to live free; however, I am deeply concerned with President Obama's decision to intervene militarily in their civil war," Gibson said in a prepared statement.

According to Gibson, the U.S. is already facing a "myriad of challenges."

Those challenges, Gibson says, include: completing military objectives in Iraq and Afghanistan; protecting the homeland from terrorist networks; and solving the country's economic woes.

Gibson says a "skyrocketing deficit" poses a tremendous threat to national security.

"Now is not the time to take on new missions," he said, noting that the Libyan people must "decide their own fate."

"We should stop our military operations immediately," Gibson said.

Bill Owens says there are two issues at play when it comes to the rebellion in Libya.

"On one hand, we have a situation where we have a group of people trying to overthrow a tyrant, which I think President Obama would like to support," he said. "On the other hand, we are engaged in a very heavy combat situation in Afghanistan and I'm concerned about American troops being over-extended."

"I'm particularly worried that the folks from the 10th Mountain Division stationed out of Fort Drum will see a decline in the support they need to complete their mission," Owens added.

Owens is also critical of the Arab League for not joining more aggressively in the Libyan intervention.

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