Politics & Policy

Two Discordant Quotes

From a Politico rundown of Obama administration statements on Libya today:

[1.] President Barack Obama insisted Monday that the U.S. military’s mission in Libya is not confused, even though the aerial attacks unleashed against Col. Muammar Qadhafi’s regime two days ago aren’t intended to force him out of power…

[2.] “I also have stated that it is U.S. policy that Qadhafi needs to go,” Obama said, noting that a United Nations resolution last week authorizing force against Libya is based on humanitarian concerns, not regime change. “When it comes to our military action…we are going to make sure that we stick to that mandate.”

So, (1) it’s U.S. policy that Qaddafi must go. And (2) U.S. military action in Libya is indifferent to that end. And (3) this is not confused.


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