Cynthia McKinney to protest Libya bombing

5:13 PM, Mar 30, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- She has become notorious in the years since she was a Congresswoman for her stance on matters of the middle east. Now, former Georgia Representative Cynthia McKinney plans to protest the American military effort in Libya with leaders from the Nation of Islam and other groups Thursday in front of the Newseum, not far from the White House.

McKinney has never shied away from controversy, drawing criticism in recent years for trying to run Israeli blockades in an attempt to bring supplies to people in Palestinian territories.

But where members of congress have demanded grater clarity of the U.S. mission in Libya, McKinney calls for a cessation of bombing altogether, writing in an online editorial that the humanitarian effort is a red herring for preserving financial interests in the region.

In a sprawling rebuke of the Obama administration, McKinney lobs accusations of war crimes, pro-Israeli machinations, and an agenda to preserve national oil interests.

"Muammar Qaddafi has long been a friend to African people", she wrote, going on to brand American actions "illegal".

Questisons Over American Involvement

On Wednesday congressional Republicans and Democrats peppered senior administration officials with questions about how long the U.S. will be involved in Libya, the costs of the operation and whether foreign countries will arm the rebels.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to House members at an hour-long, closed-door briefing on Wednesday. Lawmakers emerged still complaining about the lack of consultation with Congress.

Rep. Donald Manzullo, R-Ill, said the officials provided little clarity on the end game. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said the officials indicated that after spending half a billion dollars, the operation could cost $40 million per month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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