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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Obama: "...it's in our national interest to act. And it's our responsibility..."
When it come to everyone and everything except the interests of the average American taxpayer, solider and boder-state resident, apparently.
This is not a surprise.
Odumbo lied from the beginning when he said it would be over quickly.
No one in their right mind believed it.
Waiting for the Anti-War protests from the left.
waiting... and waiting... and waiting..
There go billions more of our taxpayer dollars.
Naha, Obammy campaigned on saving money by getting out of these BUSH driven skirmishes!
He's not doing it unless we are MAKING money by doing it!
I want to know how in the hell Obama’s Libyan war is in our national interest!
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.”
Pity the American soldier and pray for him/her. Gates doesn’t know; Obummer doesn’t know. Meanwhile the soldiers die...
First it was: “Days, not weeks”, now it’s: “Months, not years”.......we all know what comes next....
Nailed it, not one damn bit of our business, lies, lies, and more lies, from dumbest guy in the room.
If the republicans don’t grow a pair and put an end to this crap I will vote third party from now until I die.
Every WAR that the US has participated in the POTUS has given a nation wide speech either from the Oval Office or in Congress.
Here Bozo is having US planes, personal, ect... attacking Libya, helping terrorists (I'm not defending Gadaffi but this is a lose lose).
Meanwhile when protesters staged an uprise in Iran Bozo was dead silent.
Obummer wants a Muslim Brotherhood Caliphate led by the Hitler in Iran.
What's next? Obama helping Chavez quell protesters in Venezuela?
Call your Rep and demand IMPEACHMENT NOW!!!
And we are surprised how?
I’d like to know where Boner’s committee for impeachment is??
Quagmire. Rush to war.
No blood for oil.
c a l i p h a t e
now that we are the largest muslim nation,
or have you forgot?
This is NOT about Libya.
Ever notice all the reports that we have sided with the “rebels” , AKA AlQaeda?
Easy ... in Obama's world view. The war is in Obama's interest and he is the nation. Il Duce II.
Obama the Liar’s contribution to the forthcoming muslim caliphate at our expense. Where is the outrage from the Republicans?
Either you have a pipe dream or they do. Caliphate with what - no world class military anything, armed with stolen planes, improvised devices and suicide vests? Nah, hardly a winning formula.
At least Al Qaeda will be grateful for US air support against Khadaffi. Surely that is worth a few billion $...
If this was about Europe we would have Khadaffi stay in power since he has almost been an ally these last few years. The motivation here is not realpolitik, but something far more frightening.
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