Obama's Cabinet and Intervention in Libya

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the new START Treaty, with Chair of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen and Defense Sec. Robert Gates (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty)

President Obama made the decision to use U.S. military forces in Libya in his role as the top of American government's executive branch. But the president's cabinet and circle of advisers play an important role in policy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates come from different areas of the political spectrum, and their positions on Libya have appeared to be quite different. Will the relationship between President Obama's advisers complicate the endgame in Libya?

Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose explains that its unlikely that the U.S. will be able to get out of Libya as quickly as it would like.


Gideon Rose

Comments [1]


"The Rumsfeld nightmare" in part helped rid Libya of its WMD program in 2004 which would have been a real nightmare today if it still existed.
"The administration doesn't really know what its doing right now" is the more accurate opinion.

Mar. 24 2011 09:42 AM

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