Libya questions swirl as Obama comes home
March 23rd, 2011
04:39 PM ET
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Libya questions swirl as Obama comes home

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is returning home Wednesday to a firestorm of criticism over his handling of the crisis in Libya, and mounting calls for a clearer explanation of U.S. policy in the war-torn North African nation.

The president, who just wrapped up a five-day trip to Latin America, has insisted that the goal of the U.N.-sanctioned military mission is strictly to prevent a humanitarian crisis. Specifically, the mission is meant to prevent a slaughter of Libyan rebels and other civilians by forces loyal to strongman Moammar Gadhafi.


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  1. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    If I were the President, I will tell all the criticizers to kiss my behind. Regardless of what choice he came to, he's damned if he does and damned if he's doesn't. I wonder what the a-holes would be saying if the international community allowed this GENOCIDE to continue.

    March 23, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I am in the iffy column. I think there are much better ways to convey differences....but I do TRUST the President and appreciate his approach to the UN Resolution. I do not think any other president could get international support. I appreciate all his is doing for this country.


    March 23, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  3. S. In California - Obama 2012

    Welcome home First Family! Keep whatever you're doing under wraps Mr. President. Please don't act idiotic like George and constantly talk to the press. You are doing a good job (with this Libya situation) and I applaud your actions thus far. In the end this is all going to work out and those who are criticizing will have to hang their heads in shame – yet AGAIN.

    March 23, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. richard young

    What does the author mean by "war-torn North African nation"? Hasn't he read the other CNN story today telling us that according to White House officials briefing Congress there is no "war" in Libya. Just "humanitarian" US bombs and missiles which have thus far only causing Libya's air force to "cease to exist" and blowing away the communications center of Libya's equivalent of the White House and destroying Libya's air defenses. I guess there is no "war against Libya" until "evil" Libyan bombs and missiles start falling on US air defenses and destroying the US air force and blowing away the White House communications center. As former President Clinton would put it, whether the US is "at war" with Libya depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

    March 23, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  5. SouthernGirl2

    This mission was backed by the United Nations, The House Foreign Affairs and Intelligen­ce Committees & The Arab league. It was morally right!

    March 23, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    [Libya questions swirl as Obama comes home]
    The CRITICS will meet him with NEGATIVE tones
    He will REPEAT over and over to “DEAF-TONE” ears
    It’s strictly “humanitarian” then we’re the HELL outta THERE!!!

    President Obama is a very intelligent man – I wish the CRITCS and the PUNDITS will give him credit for that. If he was a RepubliCAN’T, the RepubliCAN’Ts would be MUM – 100% behind him – and BARK at all of the critics. Where are the Democrats???

    March 23, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Con me not

    Practically all of the NATO allies plus other countries have banded together because they feel Kaddafi is wrong to kill his own people and bone head Boehner has the galll to question why we have joined them. Boehner you are a loser and a traitor to America!!!

    March 23, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Albo58

    OMG, the libs defending the President's inept leadership in building a firm coalition among our allies, his total disregard of consulting with the Congress, and his transparant spring break vacation when the the msiion actually begins is sickening! Libs, he is not some cool-headed, all-knowing leader. He is a rank amateur that has proven over the last 2 years that he is practiclally untrainable!

    March 23, 2011 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. JAN

    all we are doing is helpng along withfrance and england enforce the "no fly zone" that was endorsed by the un security council and the arab league to prevent gadhafi and his military from murdering his opposition-his own countrymen.if mccain had won the presidency and had made this decision without contacting congress this would not even be an issue.

    March 23, 2011 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  10. Dee

    Everyone including the members of Conngress and all the critics need to realize that President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief and read his powers. Go to the internet and it will explain exactly what his powers are he is head of the Military, and he did not say we were going to war and it spells out everything including treaties with the United Nations and Allies.

    So Boehner and his critcs need to go back and review the Constitution. This President is very smart and is also a Constitutional Lawyer. He did not take this lightly without consults from his National Security Team and putting our men and women in harms way. He does not have to tell Boehner and his critics everything read for yourself.

    March 23, 2011 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |