Obama juggles Libya promises, realities
March 25th, 2011
01:23 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama juggles Libya promises, realities

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The domestic political stakes of America's military intervention in Libya were raised Friday as the Obama administration worked to balance promises of a rapid U.S. transition to a supporting role with an apparent unwillingness among coalition partners to have NATO assume full control of the mission.

Top Republicans insisted critical questions about the mission remain unanswered. One veteran Democratic senator questioned the wisdom of the intervention.


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  1. Marie MD

    What or who is considered a top rethug? Smoking boner? Constipated cantor. Turtle man himself?
    They should first look in the mirror (if it doesnt't break or if they can see their reflection) and then STFU and give us those jobs they ran (literally it now seems) on.

    March 25, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. California Conservative

    They'll do as they please and just "change" the wording around as they always do.

    March 25, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. jerry

    someone should teach this moron how to return a salute...as Marine combat veteran of Vietnam he makes me sick!

    March 25, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Brenda Buck, spokesperson for Boner, is a top republican? Republicans are worthless. I am intrigued by 'terry,va' who told of his(her) rags to riches story in a post yesterday. I have found that most republicans have earned their money the old fashioned way, they inherited it, while others stole it the Bernie Madoff way. Other successful republicans have used other ways: finding or running drugs, suing McDonald's for drinking hot coffee, working for Halliburton, Blackwater, Xe, etc., or working for right wing media, or betting against America at every turn.

    March 25, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Ancient Texan

    One the one hand.......but on the other hand....and yet still on ANOTHER hand, this Puppet is incompetent, clueless, and unable to make a coherent decision about anything.

    March 25, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. FM

    I expected those top Republicans who have concerns, must understand well where the nation stands on the world stage! There is no way where the greatest nation on earth can step aside and watch other countries tackle the problem facing the world.

    March 25, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sounds like Boo-Hoo should've pulled away from the bar, drunk a couple of cups of coffee, sobered up and attended the meeting the President held on Lybia. He would've then had a chance to ask ALL of these questions. From what I hear,though, he was "unable" to attend the meeting in person, and chose instead to be conferenced in, yet he posed no questions, nor made any comments while on the call. Too drunk to talk perhaps?
    "Mishter Preshident when are we flying into Bolivia, your honor shir?!"

    March 25, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. Bob in PA

    A conference call ? Really ?
    I mean you couldn't invite several members over to the W.H. to chat about it
    Jimmy Carter looks better every day.

    March 25, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  9. concerned liberal

    Obama bests Bush by having 3 theaters of war instead of only 2......
    Obama bests Reagan by having lots of bombing runs in Libya instead of just 1......
    Is this the CHANGE?

    Mr President – stop bombing countries that do not threaten us like you once said – we did not forget – we are not as stupid as you take us for.

    "We're not going to baby sit a civil war."
    Barack Obama
    Voicing skepticism of President Bush's plans for a US military buildup in Iraq, January 2007

    "Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terrorism have reduced the pace of military transformation and have revealed our lack of preparation for defensive and stability operations. This Administration has overextended our military."
    Barack Obama

    March 25, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Tony

    He has got my support as long as our allies take over the led.

    March 25, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The critical question from the Republican Congress is "why didn't Mr. President come to them first so they could declare war like Bush". Because in the beginning Republicans said "he's moving to slow, why isn't he doing something", next, he's not doing enough"; next, it's unclear what he's doing and the list of complaints continue. I bet you can't guess whose behind it, none other than John McCain, who still can't handle the fact that he lost and he is no war authority anyway.

    March 25, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    The President kept his word. The main objective(No Fly Zone) was accomplished in a matter of days and not weeks. FACT!!!

    March 25, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. rich

    Obama is an idiot. He should have stayed in South America on Spring break.

    March 25, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Tim

    Could we have found a bigger dope to run the country?

    March 25, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Where's the story on the GOP's blatant McCarthy-style witchhunt intimidation of a U. Wisconsin professor? WHERE IS IT!!!??? And you want people to stop alluding to fascism in reference to the GOP's tactics, rhetoric and behavior? It's a freekin outrage. Clearly, they weren't kidding when they threatened civil war...they're going to push and push and push until we actually do have to start fighting each other.

    March 25, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. gt

    he is so far over his head ....pray for this man and our country...

    March 25, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |