Top Senate Democrats Wednesday praised President Barack Obama's handling of the U.S. mission in Libya, comparing him favorably to President George H. W. Bush.
"I might say that I think this was a very wise course," said Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., of Obama's actions.
"It is reminiscent of George Herbert Walker (Bush)'s effort before our involvement in Kuwait where he lined up support across the board and through the United Nations before any military action was commenced," he said in a conference call with reporters.
Bush put together a coalition to fight Iraq, after it invaded Kuwait in 1990.
The leaders were uncertain whether Congress should give its formal consent to the operation; Bush eventually sought and got congressional approve for the Gulf War in 1991.
"None of us can say with any certainty what will happen when we return," said Durbin. Congress returns Monday from a 10-day spring recess.
He said "it is consistent with our constitutional responsibility to take up that question," but it's uncertain what the status of the conflict will be next week.