Why Obama is in a Hurry to Give War Leadership in Libya to Our Allies?

Posted on March 22, 2011


President Obama is rushing to transfer the military leadership role in the Libyan War to our allies. He has many reasons. Obama  had no plan going in to the war in Libya. He didn’t set a mission. Obama was pulled into action in Libya as he watched France start military actions in Libya before the US had made up its mind. Hillary Clinton at State was being hung out to dry on Lybia until  she started making noise about not being backed up. Obama’s US forces have launched atleast 125 missiles at Libya and Gaddhafi is still in power.
President Obama sees the war in Libya was just an exercise that never should have happened..and waste of US resouses. Gaddhafi is staying and in a few months will be brutalizing his people again. Obama found out can’t half fight a war. You have to have a plan and a end result in mind before you engage in battle. Now Obama wants out as soon as possible before everyone realizes his huge mistake and his ineptitude as a leader.SHAW
Article…..President Obama is itching to transfer military leadership in Libya to America’s allies, as foreign policy officials warn that a stalemate between Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi and the rebel forces could prolong U.S. involvement.”Obviously, our military is already very stretched,” Obama said from Santiago, where he is on a Latin American tour through Wednesday. “We anticipate this transition [of military leadership] to take place in a matter of days, not a matter of weeks.”

American military forces have been hurling missiles at Gadhafi’s air-defense systems for the past 48 hours to prepare the region for enforcement of a no-fly zone. The airstrikes effectively destabilized Gadhafi’s control over the Libyan airspace, knocking out dozens of his longer-range air defense missiles and early-warning radar sites, according to the Pentagon.

But Gadhafi has refused to loosen his grip over the region — and as Obama prepares to pare down U.S. involvement, few nations are clamoring to take the lead.

NATO officials clashed at a meeting in Brussels on Monday over which nations should pilot the no-fly zone.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said NATO should pick up the reins, but French officials argued that the Arab League is opposed to a NATO-led operation.

“The Arab League does not wish the operation to be entirely placed under NATO responsibility. It isn’t NATO which has taken the initiative up to now,” French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said.

The Arab League scaled back its support of military efforts in Libya after dozens of civilians were caught in the crossfire of weekend airstrikes.

“The law of unintended consequences is playing out right now,” said retired Navy Capt. Chuck Nash. The U.S. ignited the fray, and it’s now the only country capable of picking up the pieces, he said.

“We have kicked open a can,” he said. “Not kicked it down the road, but kicked it open and there are worms in that can. … We have no idea what follows this.”

Meanwhile, concern is growing over a possible stalemate between Gadhafi, who has control of Tripoli and parts of western Libya, and the poorly organized rebels in the east.

“Gadhafi is now in a very commanding position that should allow him, absent some internal event in Tripoli within his own ruling group, to remain in power,” said Wayne White, former deputy director of the State Department’s Middle East intelligence office. “I think [the U.S.] will be largely stuck with a stalemate, and a long patrolling action, much like in Iraq — where they can’t really do much about it.”

Obama was, however, unwavering in his assertion that the U.S. will no longer lead the attacks in Libya.

“Our military action is in support of an international mandate from the [United Nations] Security Council that specifically focuses on the humanitarian threat posed by Col. Gadhafi to his people,” he said.

The president reiterated that the U.S. is not seeking the ouster of Gadhafi before retreating from the region, but noted it is still “U.S. policy that Gadhafi needs to go.”

Obama said he is reviewing other actions — outside of the Security Council resolution — that could ultimately squeeze Gadhafi out of power, though he didn’t specify what that could include beyond economic sanctions the U.S. has already imposed.
By Hayley Peterson      washingtonexaminer.com/