Critics Still Confused By Obama’s Mission In Libya
March 30, 2011 by Special To Personal Liberty
President Barack Obama sought to answer some of his critics in a national address regarding the conflict in Libya, yet his speech may have raised more questions than answers.
On March 28, Obama defended his decision to deploy United States forces to Libya, saying that the primary goal was to "prevent a massacre" of Libyan citizens at the hands of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The President said that America's military role is "limited" and NATO will take control of the operation on March 30.
He also outlined his foreign policy goals, which are being called "the Obama doctrine," in which the U.S. may intervene in conflicts abroad to prevent humanitarian crises, but only if international allies are involved in the mission.
Republican lawmakers expressed confusion about the President's speech. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that removing Gadhafi from power should be the end goal, but Obama said that he is not seeking a regime change through military force.
"If we tell Gadhafi, 'Don't worry, you won't be removed by force,' I think that's very encouraging to Gadhafi," McCain told CNN.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) agreed with McCain, saying that Obama was unclear about the overall aim of the intervention.
However, not all GOP legislators support military action. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a Tea Party favorite, said that Ghadafi and Libya pose no threat to the U.S. and expensive bombings are not justified.