Barbour: Obama Not Providing Leadership on Libya

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JACKSON, Miss.— Potential Republican presidential candidate Haley Barbour is stepping up criticism of President Barack Obama's actions in Libya, saying Obama hasn't shown leadership but is treating the U.S. as "one of the boys" on the international scene. [Read 10 things you didn't know about Haley Barbour.]

Barbour, the Mississippi governor, also says the U.S. needs to be careful about nation-building in Libya or elsewhere. His comments came Thursday on the Gallo Show on Jackson-based WFMN radio.

Barbour told reporters Tuesday in Nevada that Obama "dithered a long time" before taking military action in Libya. But Barbour said then that he wanted to be careful about critiquing the administration's moves during a U.S. military action. [See photos of the unrest in Libya.]

Barbour is laying the groundwork for a possible presidential run. He's scheduled to appear Friday and Saturday in the early presidential caucus state of Iowa.