Skip to comments.US officials: Libyan operation could last months
Posted on 03/27/2011 7:46:58 AM PDT by quesney
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S.-led military action in Libya has bolstered rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi's forces, but the international operation could continue for months, the Obama administration says.
NATO's top decision-making body was to meet Sunday to expand its enforcement of the no-fly zone to include air strikes against Libyan ground targets.
The military progress follows deep criticism against Obama from lawmakers upset that the administration hadn't sought greater congressional input on Libya.
But asked on ABC's "This Week" if that would mean a U.S. military commitment until year's end, Gates said, "I don't think anybody knows the answer to that."
The lack of clarity on that question reflects a worry for lawmakers clamoring to hear fuller explanations from the administration on why the U.S. was embroiling itself in another Muslim conflict and what the ultimate goals of the intervention are.
Asked if the Libyan conflict posed a threat to the United States, Gates said it was "not a vital national interest" but he insisted that the situation nevertheless demanded U.S. involvement..
Clinton noted how the strife affects Europe's key interests, from oil to immigration, and that their concerns were important...
"When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the U.K., France, Italy, other of our NATO allies," she added. "This was in their vital national interest."
Those themes will likely be taken up by Obama, who cited "significant success" in the war and defended the U.S. intervention as lawful and critical to save thousands of lives. In his weekend radio and Internet address, he noted that the U.S. cannot get involved in every world crisis, but said if Gadhafi was threatening a "bloodbath that could destabilize an entire region ... it's in our national interest to act. And it's our responsibility."
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Babies, a gazillion petro-dollars and their enemies have a civilizational deathwish... That is a winning formula. They don’t need a single division to conquer the west when we allow them to migrate here and outbreed us.
You would be surprised what a army of stupid people can move. AND when they take over the weapons of the host or target countries they have what they need.
Just WAIT for them to overthrow France and get more nuclear weapons.
No blood for oil.
Don't you just love irony?
In reviewing government projects, always take the promised completion time, double the numerical eelment, and move to the next larger specific descriptive measure.
One hour becomes 2 days.
4 days becomes 8 weeks.
One month becomes two years, etc
Works every time.
- The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous. Hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance. This new version is the past and no different past can ever have existed. In principle the war effort is always planned to keep society on the brink of starvation. The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects and its object is not the victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to keep the very structure of society intact. - ~ 1984 G. Orwell
And therein lies the conundrum.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, even in Pakistan...they are our sworn enemy.
but in the “revolutions and rebels” we are again on the same side as Osama bin Laden?
While I agree this is a mess, much more to the point if has been a failure of command for quite sometime. Failing to properly define and identify the enemy due to political correctness, now places America in a very odd position.
GOP, your ass is on the line.
We have fallen to the point where we have the enemy in the White House.
There is no confusion on that.
His efforts are giving AlQaeda significant advantage in their objectives at America’s expense.
We dunn bin hornswoggled!
“months” could mean “indefinitely.”
The republicans are cowering in their offices waiting on “Boo Hoo Boner” to tell them what to do. “Boo Hoo” is trying to regain his composure so he can talk without his voice breaking.
The Pill and Abortion are not their creations, they are our civilization deathwish.
I’ve lost all hope in the GOP. The GOP controlling all three branches didn’t do us much more good than when the dems controlled all three.
American’s really need to start considering a regime change of their own
American companies are being hurt by the embargo....
Well said. When Gingrich thinks he has the right stuff, the GOP end is near.
This will come as a great shock to the vast majority of Obama’s base, who don’t have any clue what the words “odyssey” or “dawn” mean on their own, let alone what it means when you put them together. I’m sure they were expecting a weekend getaway.
...some old fashioned democracy....Its well overdue. Right now, the Muslim in Chief is lining America up against Israel, thereby ~ America is his next target for the same principles.
In reality? America by siding against Israel is going to be smote.
God himself promised.
This is the problem, either no one knows where this mess is headed or it is moving along by design.
obama, the man who promises peace, and leaves nothing but destruction in his wake.
The man is not only a menace to America, he is literally a menace to the human race.
Clinton claimed we would leave Bosnia by Christmas.........he just never specified which Christmas.
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