Candy Crowley's post-game analysis
March 20th, 2011
01:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Candy Crowley's post-game analysis

(CNN) – Today, we covered two major developing stories – the attacks in Libya, and the crisis in Japan. Here are the highlights:

Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Chairman, on CNN's State of the Union
I would say that the no-fly zone is effectively in place. We've got combat air patrol or aircraft over Benghazi and we'll have them there for - on a 24/7 basis, start to move to the west. He hasn't flown any aircraft for the last two days. And the whole goal here is to, one, get it in place, two, be in a position so that he is unable to massacre his own civilians and that we affect the humanitarian support. So from that standpoint, the initial operations have been very effective, taken out most of his air defense systems, some of his airfields. Yet, there is still, I think, a great deal to be done.


Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Chairman, on CNN's State of the Union
CROWLEY: What would make you stop?
MULLEN: Well actually, we would like to see him withdraw his forces across the country back into garrison. Stop attacking his people. And then not in any way interfere with the humanitarian support that is need right now.

Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs Chairman, on CNN's State of the Union

CROWLEY: Gadhafi says that there have been civilian deaths, women and children, as a result of these air strikes.
MULLEN: We've selected these targets very carefully. We work to completely eliminate civilian casualties. And I've seen no reports of any kind of significant civilian casualties.

Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona, on CNN's State of the Union

CROWLEY: Did President Obama wait too long on the U.N. to act?
MCCAIN: He waited too long, there is no doubt in my mind about it. But now, it is what it is. And we need, now, to support him and the efforts that our military are going to make. And I regret that it didn't - we didn't act much more quickly, and we could have.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, (I) Connecticut, on CNN's State of the Union

Gadhafi had so much of an advantage in terms of logistics, command and control, weapons, that time helped him every day while the world refused to make the decision. I think earlier on, maybe a no-fly zone could have done it.

Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona, on CNN's State of the Union

Obviously, if we had taken this step a couple weeks ago a no-fly zone would probably have been enough. Now a no-fly zone is not enough. There needs to be other efforts made. And I want to preclude ground troops, U.S. or allies ground troops, that is not what we are talking about. But there is a whole lot of things that can be done.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, (I) Connecticut, on CNN's State of the Union

LIEBERMAN: Look, and the first thing I want to say is once the president of the United States says as President Obama did that Gadhafi must go, if we don't work with our allies to make sure Gadhafi does go, America's credibility and prestige suffers all over the world.
CROWLEY: So, we can't afford to let him stay in office?
LIEBERMAN: We can't afford to let him stay in office.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu on CNN's State of the Union

Of the three reactors, one, two, and three, two of them we believe are intact, the main containment vessel… We don't know the status of the third one… because of the higher levels of radiation, we take that as evidence that there might be a breech in that containment vessel. But they're not extraordinarily high. So it appears if there is a breech, it is a limited breech. But again, we don't really know.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu on CNN's State of the Union

CROWLEY: So a 9 would, as it was troublesome for Japan would be troublesome for us?
CHU: Yes, except a 9 does not come from the type of faults around that reactor site. That's the other thing you have to consider. The very large earthquakes that Japan saw are what are known as subduction zone earthquakes where one piece of ground goes under another. And these other faults, they are slip faults like that. And you simply don't get 9s in those kinds of faults.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Snow

    YEP, the going gets tough and obama leaves town for one reason or another, usually a vacation.

    March 20, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Indy

    If the Republican Hate Machine wants to criticize the POTUS for creating a colation before going into Libya then they have to slam, the UN, NATO,Britain,Canada, Saudia,Belgieum,France, and every Arabian allie involved in this well thought out strategy. If they don't slam everyone involved we will have proof that they are anti American, or jealous that this will go down in history as the most unified and correct military coalition action ever taken.Anything but job creation for Republicans.

    March 20, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Sgt Schultz

    Well done President Obama. First gain consensus with our top European allies. Then the Arab League reached consensus – again those are critical allies. Finally the United Nations – reached a 3rd consensus. McNumbskull prefers just pushing a button and attacking at first impulse. Ah...no...we can not act like a tyrannical bully. Obama did this perfect. I do not anticipate even one wounded casualty and no U.S. troops will step foot on Libyan soil. Most importantly we got a lot of help with France and the U.K. to lighten the financial and logistical burdens.

    March 20, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Joan

    I am quickly losing respect for Candy Crowley's show because she has the same Pres. Obama bashers, McCain and Leiberman on all the time spewing their criticisms, jealousy and hypocracy. If these are her only "go to guys" then she has lost a lot of credibility and influence in her journalism. They are both has-beens, attention seekers and dividers. They never add solutions to any problem, they just try to muddy the water. It is really sad to see once sharp, intelligent and respected politicians sink so low.

    March 20, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    John McCain and Joe Lieberman are 2 old grumpy farting men who need to be put out to pasture and I mean quick. And what's worst Palin and her drop out of high school husband Todd have made a pure fool out of McCain and the GOP in her zest for power which she'll never get. The Palin's have committed treason and are traitors and the Republicans aren't saying anything.

    March 20, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Larry

    I am concerned by the number of people who think American pride should dictate foreign policy. That's the gist of this part:

    LIEBERMAN: Look, and the first thing I want to say is once the president of the United States says as President Obama did that Gadhafi must go, if we don't work with our allies to make sure Gadhafi does go, America's credibility and prestige suffers all over the world.
    CROWLEY: So, we can't afford to let him stay in office?
    LIEBERMAN: We can't afford to let him stay in office.

    We should, at every point, do what's right and what's smart without regard to how it makes us look.

    March 20, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |