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    Congress Should Not Forfeit Its Strong Hand on Libya: Why H. Con. Res. 51 Is a Losing Play

    President Obama spent weeks marshalling support from foreign governments for a military intervention in Libya but virtually no time consulting with the U.S. Congress or trying to explain to the American people why intervention served our national interests.  Almost three months later, coalition forces are involved in a costly stalemate … More

    Morning Bell: Time For Thoughtful Moves in Libya

    American military action in foreign wars shouldn’t be taken cavalierly. But President Obama took it that way when he thrust American troops aimlessly into an undefined war in Libya. Not only did the President fail to address Congress for approval; he gave the American people little information about his goals … More

    Why Are Deadlines OK for Afghanistan but Not for Libya?

    At yesterday’s joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Barack Obama ruled out any deadline for ending NATO’s air assault in Libya. “Qadhafi and his regime need to understand that there will not be a let-up in the pressure that we are applying,” Obama said. “Ultimately,” he … More

    Al-Qaeda Rising in Libya?

    The Arab Spring may be becoming a long hot summer. In the President’s major speech on the Middle East yesterday, it seemed pretty clear that he has moved on from Libya and turned his attention back to the Arab–Israeli peace process. Attention deficit disorder, however, may not be the right … More

    Wave of Protests Continues Across North Africa and the Middle East

    In January, Heritage Senior Research Fellow Jim Phillips predicted that Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution would spark uprisings throughout the Arab world. Four months later, North Africa and the Middle East are experiencing substantial governmental transformations, and there is no end in sight. Tunisia As the first leadership casualty of the “Arab … More

    Obama Drones on in Libya

    Libya is 700,000 square miles. It is on the list of the top 20 largest countries on earth. Obama is sending two drones —big deal. The Pentagon says they will be used to help pick out the good guys’ pickup trucks from the bad guys’ pickup trucks and then take … More

    Misguided Responsibility?

    The Obama Administration’s explanations for why the U.S. intervened in Libya reveal a common, disconcerting theme: a reliance upon the relatively new idea of a “responsibility to protect” (R2P). In a letter to Congress, President Obama announced that Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi “has forfeited his responsibility to protect his own … More

    Senate Resolution Requesting No-Fly Zone in Libya Changed in Secret

    On March 1 the U.S. Senate passed a resolution by unanimous consent calling for a no-fly zone in Libya. Many Senators are angry, because they feel like they were the subject of a bait and switch. The resolution was advertised as a condemnation of the human rights situation in Libya, … More

    Qadhafi Regime Suffers Major Defection but Fights On

    Wednesday’s defection of Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa is a major embarrassment for Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi and a sign of lagging morale in the top echelons of his regime. Koussa was not just the foreign minister, which is often just a mouthpiece position in Arab dictatorships; more importantly, he … More

    Lunch with Heritage : Online Chat on Libya

    We are joined by Heritage’s Middle Eastern Affairs expert Jim Phillips. Jim will be taking your questions about what we should be doing in Libya and what we should not be doing. There has been a lot said about the current situation in Libya and Heritage has written extensively about … More