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March 23, 2011 / J. Shaw

'Obama's Folly'-Obama Doesn't Have a Clue on Libya

President Obama wants to get out of the Libya conflict as soon as possible. Everyday the US is in the Libya War more Americans and people around the world see that the US has no business in the war. They see that getting in the war was a terrible decision by Obama. The public sees Obama had no plan when he went into the war. It is obvious Gadhafi will not be ousted. So what was the point of the mini-war? I also have noticed that even if Gadhafi was to be removed Obama has no idea what rebels would be in charge of libya and obama doesn’t know if these rebels want to be a democracy.Libya could be a leaderless country run by various tribes. I think the whole Obam adventure into Libya should be called”Obama’s Folly.” SHAW
The Obama administration has yet to endorse any particular group to take control of Libya, despite its clear rejection of the current regime of President Moammar Gadhafi.Four days after launching airstrikes against Gadhafi’s military, senior administration officials continue to deflect any association with the rebel forces fighting to oust Gadhafi or their primary leadership, the 31-member Libyan National Council.

“I don’t really want to get into predicting kind of in a temporal way how things might develop over time,” National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said when asked about a post-Gadhafi Libya.

That reluctance to embrace a clear alternative to Gadhafi, coupled with widespread confusion over the U.S. role in Libya, has left many in Washington wondering what’s next.

“We need to be thinking much further ahead than it appears,” said retired Air Force Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula. “That said, we may be, but it is behind the scenes.”

The U.S. is focused on withdrawing military forces from Libya soon, leaving international leaders sparring over who will coordinate military operations once the Americans leave.

“The difficulty is the military objective — when it’s accomplished — does not necessarily lead to the political objective [of ousting Gadhafi],” said retired Gen. Wesley Clark. “This is what’s puzzling to people.”

France and the Arab League have recognized the National Council, led by former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil, as the legitimate governing body of Libya.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., have penned a resolution urging Obama to recognize the rebels’ council.

The House is considering a similar measure that could reach the chamber floor by next week, according to sources actively negotiating the legislation with leaders of the National Council.

Obama’s approval of the council could free up more than $30 billion in Gadhafi’s frozen U.S. assets for use by the rebel forces.

But senior administration officials say they are not ready to endorse a new government.

“We do need some humility about predicting exactly what’s going to happen both in terms of how long Gadhafi might be in power or what the next step is on the ground,” said National Security Council spokesman Ben Rhodes. “We have a very clearly prescribed military mandate that protects civilians and it’s focused on Gadhafi’s forces, not any other armed entity in the country.”

Diplomats for the National Council insist that establishing a democracy in Libya is their primary goal.

“There is absolutely zero possibility for extremists or al Qaeda to take over,” said Adam Turbi, a council activist. He said the Libyan people “100 percent support” the council.

“There are six million people in the country. They don’t want a dictator and they don’t want a monarchy,” he said. “There’s going to be a democratically elected council appointed by the people in Tripoli. … Once Gadhafi is out, it’s 100 percent over.”

hpeterson@washingtonexaminer.com     washingtonexaminer.com/

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