What Should Obama Do About Libya?

Does the U.S. have a strategic interest in Libya? Can the Europeans handle the situation?


Should we be doing more or less in Libya? The stakes rose with the announcement last week that the British, French, and Italians were putting "advisers" into the country to prop up the fragile band of rebels. It was an admission of what military leaders said from the start: A sanitary air war was not going to get the job done. And that job, now, is the removal of Muammar Qadhafi. What should be the U.S. role? President Obama has been tentative about committing significant U.S. forces. The polling is going against him. Do we have a strategic interest in trying to shape a favorable outcome? If we don't, who will? Is it best to let the rest of the world try to solve the problem? Are the Europeans capable? I'd like to hear your thoughts on where we go with Libya at editor@usnews.com or in the comments section below.

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