Washington (CNN) - Presidential leadership or kowtowing to allies? Abuse of power or decisive action in the face of imminent catastrophe?
Supporters and critics used Sunday talk shows to debate President Barack Obama's Libya policy on Sunday, the day before the president addresses the nation on the issue.
Sen. Carl Levin (D), Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, on CNN's "State of the Union"
"There's other means for moving Gadhafi than military. We've seen that in other countries as a matter of fact. We saw that in Egypt where the people of Egypt removed their dictator. The people of Libya can remove their dictator. But we are not the ones to remove him. We are the ones that is part of an international coalition that are going to prevent him from massacring his own people."
Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden (Ret.) on CNN's "State of the Union"
"Frankly, Candy, there [are] capabilities that only we have. If there is any stress in this mission when it comes to electronic warfare, jamming, suppressing enemy air defense, refueling, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, combat search and rescue, precision strike, there's no one in our class within NATO. So those are the American forces conducting those actions."
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month.
“I think within a month, we’ll have that taken care of and we’ll be running,” Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday.” “It’s my hope that all of this will work out and I’ll be able to run.”
Washington (CNN) - Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Sen. Joe Lieberman said if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attacks his own people, an international coalition should intervene as they did in Libya.
"If Assad does what Gadhafi was doing, which is to threaten and go house-to-house and kill anybody who's not on his side. There's a precedent now that the world community has set in Libya. And it's the right one," Lieberman, I-Connecticut, said on "Fox News Sunday." "We're not going to stand by and allow this Assad to slaughter his people like his father did years ago."
Washington (CNN) - Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. Carl Levin defended U.S. involvement in Libya as a mission with a "clear purpose," but said it is up to the Libyan people to remove their leader Moammar Gadhafi.
The Michigan Democrat on Sunday said support from the international community is vital to the success of the mission that began when the United Nations Security Council voted March 17 to authorize a no-fly zone over the African country and to "take all necessary measure" – without using an occupation force – to protect the civilians under attack in Libya.