Via Facebook, Newt Gingrich provides a timeline of his thought process on Libya:
On March 3rd, President Obama said publicly that “it’s time for Gadaffi to go.”
Prior to this statement, there were options to be indirect and subtle to achieve this result without United States military forces. I made this point on The Today Show this morning, saying “I would not have intervened…there were a lot of other ways to affect Qaddafi…I would not have used American and European forces.”
The president, however, took those options off the table with his public statement. From the moment of the president’s declaration, he put the prestige and authority of the United States on the line. After March 3, anything short of a successful, public campaign for regime change would have been seen as a defeat for the United States.
That’s why during a March 7th Greta van Susteren interview, I asserted that the president should establish a no-fly zone “this evening.” After March 3rd, the President should have moved immediately to consult with Congress to implement a no-fly zone, while also making it clear the US would welcome involvement from other nations.
Gingrich also criticizes the president’s effort to secure a “weak mandate” through the U.N. He concludes, “Now that we have US forces engaged, any result less than the removal of Gadaffi from power will be considered a defeat.”