In the last few days, Obama administration officials have frequently faced the question: Is the fighting in Libya a war? From military officers to White House spokesmen up to the president himself, the answer is no. But that leaves the question: What is it? Read More
How would state Sen. Barack Obama have reacted to President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya, taken with no debate and no authorization from Congress, a commitment that could in real life become open-ended and involve this country in a prolonged civil conflict? Read More
Calling the current operation in Libya a no-fly zone is simply inaccurate. Despite President Obama's assurances that U.S. operations will be “limited in their nature” and his multiple references to a "no-fly zone" in his address to the nation, the U.S. Read More
Moammar Gadhafi is exploring an exit strategy from Libya, according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"This is what we hear from so many sources," Clinton told ABC's Diane Sawyer Tuesday. "Some of it, we think, is exploring — what are my options, where I could go, what could I do. And we would encourage that."
But Clinton said Gadhafi could be igniting speculation about his intent to escape as part of his political strategy. Read More
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's confidants have been speaking to other nations “allegedly on Gadhafi’s behalf” for exile options.
She did not say which nations Gadhafi’s regime has been speaking to but former Libyan officials who spoke to The Examiner said Venezuela, headed by American foe Hugo Chavez, is one. Chavez is a close ally of Gadhafi and defended him at the beginning of the uprising. Read More
How many Americans approve of U.S. involvement in the war in Libya? It depends on how you ask the question. Read More
The crisis in Libya provides a useful reminder that the world’s demand for American power is rising. This is clearly the case in the Muslim world, which was in turmoil long before the current “Arab spring.” Read More
‘Today I authorized the Armed Forces of the United States to begin a limited military action in Libya in support of an international effort to protect Libyan civilians.”
That’s how President Barack Obama opened Saturday’s briefing announcing his decision to launch a war in North Africa.
Let’s just say several key phrases here are, er, debatable:
An “international effort”: “We did not lead this,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters Saturday. Read More
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