The U.S. and U.N. allied attacks on Muammar al-Gaddafi’s forces in Libya is sparking reactions from many of President Obama’s critics, including U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsay Graham. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Graham said it’s about time.
I don’t know what finally got the President to act, but I’m very worried that we are taking a back seat rather than a leadership role. The British and the French have been great. Prime Minister (David) Cameron (of Great Brititain) said this action is necessary, legal and right.
The Obama Administration’s attack on military installations in Libya were ordered to enforce a U.N.-backed no-fly zone.
Senator John Kerry says he supports the mission in Libya as long as the goal is to protect the Libyan people. The Massachusetts Democrat says the mission’s main focus should not be to oust Gaddafi. Graham disagrees:
Gaddafi is not the legitimate leader of Libya, he is an international criminal. We should isolate this regime. We should order all troops back to their garrison. We shoud knock out his radio and TV ability to communicate with his own people. We should not pay any of Gaddafi’s forces any money when it comes to Libyan oil. Isolate, strangle and replace this man; that should be our goal.
Graham says the situation in Libya is an opportunity to force Gaddafi out of leadership for once and for all.
This is a great opportunity to replace a tyrannical dictator, who is not a legitimate leader, an international crook. We should be siezing the moment and replacing him, not talking about how limited we will be.
Graham says he does not agree with the President categorizing the effort as a limited military action.
We used to relish leading the free world. Now its like leading the free world is an inconvenience. I want to be a good partner I want young Arabs and Iranians to see us as a strong, effective partner for their hopes and dreams of being free. I thnk that the President has caveated this way too much . It is almost like it’s a nuisance.
President Obama spoke on the attacks Saturday:
In this effort, the United States is acting with a broad coalition that is committed to enforcing the United Nations Security Council resolution of 1973, which calls for the protection of the Libyan people.
Obama says the coalition met in Paris Saturday to send a unified message, and it brings together “many of our European and Arab partners.”