Obama and Libya: Political Implications

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

With Col. Muammar Gadhafi's rule in Libya seemingly over, President Obama called for him to step down, to avoid further bloodshed as rebel forces continue to fight loyalists in the capital of Tripoli. Republicans are calling for an even bigger military presence in Libya. It's safe to say that Obama has some difficult decisions ahead, in regard to how the U.S. will be involved in Libya's transition to democracy.

Mark Landler, White House correspondent for The New York Times, talks about how politics are impacting the Obama administration's Libya policy.

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Does the fact that the President was shaking Gadhafi's hand not long ago make a difference? Consulting European powers with oil interest in Libya first when going to war while ignoring his legal obligation of consulting Congress aka..the American people who get to pay for most it, may not play well either.
If getting OBL does not produce a lasting bump in the polls, what will Gadhafi's fall do?

Aug. 23 2011 06:10 PM

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