Obama and Libya: Tell us how this ends
President Obama leads a briefing on the current situation in Libya aboard Air Force One.
March 22nd, 2011
07:45 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama and Libya: Tell us how this ends

Washington (CNN) - The story of the Libyan intervention may pain some of the most ardent believers in the proposition that it is America's role to take the lead, all of the time, everywhere.

But when the French and the British began the first sorties into Libyan airspace, it made an awful lot of sense: It's their neighborhood after all. And when the Arab League decided to support some kind of allied intervention, it seemed a powerful consensus was developing.


Filed under: Libya • President Obama
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. diridi

    As long as we keep quiet all end in fine. We do not drain our pocket any longer. let France, UK, others deal this crab....o.k. No wonder Obama said no ground troops. Do not spoil your brain, eat our brain....we have our problems to deal with, such as economy, jobs, immigration, energy independence, etc.,,,

    March 22, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  2. A True Centrist

    The President bypasses Congress to invade a sovereign country...sound familiar. I've been saying it on this board for two years, President Obama is the Dem version of President George W Bush. He promised openess, but is as secretive if not more secretive than the Bush administration. He promised military restraint, but has shown little by increasing troop levels in Afghanistan and now LIbya. He never closed Guantanamo, and came out and said the Bush administration was right to keep its doors open. For alll you Dems out there who have deservedly bashed Bush for the last 10 years, it's about time you join reality and include President Obama in those statements.

    March 22, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  3. jules sand-perkins

    "Tell us how this ends?"
    Eileen Garrett was probably the most trustworthy and tested psychic medium in history.
    She would have been a logical expert to ask how a military operation would end, but unfortunately she died in 1970.
    Who could have known that World War II would end with the invention and dropping of the atomic bomb?
    If Mrs. Garrett knew, I don't think she told anybody.
    The military action in Libya will end. We know that: everything does.

    March 22, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    Obama will tell us how this will end once the French tell him or once it has already ended! Obama has taken the US from being the leader of the free world to a follower of the FRENCH! While I applaud his "late" intervention once he realized the French and British were going in without us, he should have stood up sooner and been a leader on this subject! That is what the US does when we have a strong President rather than a weak one like he has proven to be over and over... No, you liberals can not tell me that he takes his time to think things through in an intelligent manner.. I do not buy that BS and most of us understand that he is a WEAK Liberal President.. Vote for a President that is strong and loves America for what who we are and what we stand for in 2012!!!

    March 22, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. Steve, New York City

    Does anyone really know?
    How are we going to pay for this – it seems very expensive to maintain no-fly zones and Naval battle groups.
    Amazing that Obama was railroaded by idiots like Joe Lieberman and McCain (neither of whom seems happy unless we're bombing someone).

    March 22, 2011 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  6. Sam Walton

    Gloria, you ignorant slut. Iraq is also "in their neighborhood" too but where were you on that. Oh yeah, I know "1.20.09 couldn't get here too soon".

    March 22, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  7. wiredWeirdinSF

    When the time is right, Andy Card of the SEIU will tell him and then Obozo will have someone write it in to his telebinkie and he may or may not tell us, Transparency, hope and change you know.

    March 22, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  8. New Age Independant

    Obama March 18th "Indeed, our British and French allies, and members of the Arab League, have already committed to take a leadership role in the enforcement of this resolution, just as they were instrumental in pursuing it."

    So where exactly is the involvement by the Arab League? I've not seen any indication that any Arab state has taken part in any military action. Obama has clearly misled our involvement here.

    March 22, 2011 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  9. FM

    Can anyone help me here! I don't get it, I really don't. If the President could not have taken any action, am afraid to say he could be called by now: "the dog who can not even bark". Now he has taken the action, a lot of mud are thrown to him. Whats wrong with people!!!

    March 22, 2011 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    The US continues to make a total fool of itself.

    The Arab League has the military resources to handle this on their own. They do NOT need the west to fight their battles.

    March 22, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Tim

    He's played like a violin because world leaders realize he's a great instrument to score political points at home. What a tool.

    March 22, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. LIP

    Only a week old and they are already arguing over why France entered the fray first and why Germany isn't participating when they said they would and Turkey is mad because they weren't invited to the party and the US has already spent $125 million on rockets (oh yes, we lost a fighter jet today and that will cost another , who knows what $$$$$$$$$$$$$$) and now the it turns out they/we don't have a plan for what may happen if this actually works to the benefit of the people protesting...do they have a leader, do they have a secret agenda, etc etc. Looks like George W.'s biggest critic (Obama) is making the same mistake he accused George W. of...will we ever get it right?

    March 22, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |