Obama facing mounting criticism over Libya
March 24th, 2011
11:12 AM ET
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Obama facing mounting criticism over Libya

Washington (CNN) - Top Obama administration officials are expected to face continued criticism Thursday over their handling of the crisis in Libya, and louder calls for a clearer explanation of U.S. policy in the war-torn North African nation.

The president, who returned home from a five-day trip to Latin America on Wednesday, 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. No tea, coffee only

    Repubs are funny. They were for the no fly zone before they were against it. Invading Iraq for an unsettled score for daddy is OK, but humanitarian reasons is bad (only because Obama did it, before that they were screaming to take action in Libya...). Rethugs are the most hypocritical, politic playing, useless scum.

    March 24, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    The President should tell his critics to practice safe sex and go screw themselves. I did not see all this criticism when George W. Bush LIED us into war in Iraq. Let's not forget that what's going on in Libya is not war! I want to know the number of people in Congress that voted for the ILLEGAL & UNPROVOKED war in Iraq. I know for a fact that our current Speaker is someone who voted in favor for the Iraq war.

    March 24, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. ABM

    The critics are just whinners. The President is on the right side of this in my opinion – regardless of what the critics have to say. If you really think about it their timing it has been days since action was taken they decide to come out against it. Why did they wait so long? Why are they reading from scripts and saying the same buzz words over and over again? Why haven't they come out weeks ago to say America should not be involved? It's Washington politics as normal and they are out for votes.

    What is their solution to this? I have not heard a valid solution yet from any critic – not one! And the fact that Congress wanted to debate or be informed before action was taken is total BS. They knew what is going on and if they had some remote intelligence they would know that we would eventually have to act. They could have debated this weeks ago. Instead they are dancing around whinning about budget cuts. Have they done anything about jobs yet? NOPE!

    Where are the supporters? They should be out in force supporting the action instead of hiding. OMG these pols are so frustrating.

    Thank you Mr. President!! Please keep up the good work. You are showing everyone you CAN multitask. The critics can only aspire to do what you are doing.

    March 24, 2011 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Name king

    Hey what the hell! More clarity! Why these people can't understand, this was a mission from NATO, which stated to secure a no fly zone in lybia, and unlike the repugs who wanted him to go in alone like a cow boy and shoot it out in the beginning, his action was a welcome releif of Inviting the world's arena on this one, in order not to be picked on by the Muslim world, as they often do. The president have stated about a million time that America's policy is to see ghadafy go by using sanctions against the regime, and because its a international law for another country to go into another country and militarily remove their
    Leader, obama have to keep within the UN mandate. This not an
    American mission that's taking place at the moment. That's why America will relinquish it's leadership roll. America will get rid of khadafy with sanctions, unless khadafy's people can do it with an indirect "oops"help from international community.

    March 24, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Name Creole

    Well let them who want to share there criticism go live in another country like Libya and then come back to the FREE Country like America where a President is trying to do right by it's people and see what they have to say then. Some of these American So call American folk just don't know how good they have it. No wonder people from other Countries come here and do better then the American's. They Just Don't Get It........Keep up the Great Job Mr. Obama. You Counrty don't know how good they got it until it's gone...Just look what the other Part is trying to do to the free world Mess it UP

    March 24, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Of course there's criticism. It is Presicent Obama. Where were these people when we invaded Iraq looking for magical dusy of WMDs??? We went into Afghanistan to find bin laden who is still (if alive) laughing at the dead or alive from the war criminal from texas!!
    Get over it! We waited, we have a coalition and the people of Libya need help to overthrow their she devil aka gadafi!

    March 24, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Obama came across as completely ineffective on this one. Pathetic, actually.

    March 24, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Bill in STL

    And this really worked in Bosnia ... those that refuse to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

    March 24, 2011 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. vic nashville tn

    “Seven in ten Americans support military action by the U.S. and other countries to establish a no-fly zone in Libya” CNN poll on 03-21-2011

    “Obama facing mounting criticism over Libya” today

    What ever Obama does is wrong ?

    March 24, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. carrotroot

    The President got approval from the UN, we are participating with our allies and not going it alone like the previous Administration did.

    March 24, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. Me

    Obama was facing mounting criticism for the dog he got for his kids when they moved into the White House
    Obama was facing mounting criticism for winning The Nobel Prize for Peace.
    Obama was facing mounting criticism for trying to get universal healthcare.
    Obama was facing mounting criticism for the way he put his pants on this morning (both legs at the same time)
    I wonder why he will be facing mounting criticism tomorrow.

    March 24, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. Bill

    If it was a mission meant to prevent the slaughter of Libyan rebels and other civilians, why did you state Moammar Gadhafi has got to go? Is this regime change? Who are the rebels? Who are they affiliated with? Exit strategy? Speak up mr. President.

    March 24, 2011 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. Emerson

    What else would you expect except criticism from the GOP? Critcism if the US did not step in (the" we have a weak leader talking" point) . Ciricism that we did step in (the "we have an authoritarian President who defies the Constitutio"n talking point). Criticism for not acting soon enough (the" indecisive President" talking point). I guess the President should have gone to Congress for permission and waited for the GOP to extract whatever political capital it could from the situation and then send him the bill. The only GOP wanna-be that made any sense was Huckabee who ssid that he could not comment because he wasn't privy to the security report. It's so easy to sit on the outside and criticize, its another matter to be a leader. As for the Speaker of the House's letter to the Presidient demanding to knowwhat our goalswere in Libya, If I were Obama, I would send it back to him requesteing copies of any correspondence he may have sent to the prior President with regard to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    March 24, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Fox news is still reporting on the Obama fist bump of 2008, and some one some where who cannot fly his American flag.

    March 24, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In a previous article, there was a poll on a mosque in communities. I would be OK with that, but would be uncomfortable with a Westboro Baptist Church congregation in our community.

    March 24, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  16. New Age Independant

    "Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Illinois, told reporters Wednesday that Obama's pursuit of international approval was reminiscent of former President George H.W. Bush lining up global support before taking military action to drive Iraq from Kuwait in the early 1990s. " And yet Durbin voted against enforcing the UN resolutions against Iraq. Then he stated that an "imminent" threat be present before turning to force. Bush received Congressional approval for that action, yet Obama did not even attempt for one now. Although that approval would likely be a formality.

    I fail to see why Durbin would support this action against Libya when the atrocities done by Saddam in Iraq were far worse. If Obama's military action is appropriate now, then it was absolutely appropriate then. Durbin represents the typical double standard of the Democrat party, regardless of what is right or wrong. Naturally, ultra liberals that post here seem to also turn a blind eye to these facts.

    March 24, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |