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    Morning Bell: Five Questions Obama Has Not Answered on Libya

    Yesterday the United Nations Security Council voted 10–0, with five abstentions, to authorize military action in Libya. Specifically, the resolution “authorizes member states … to take all necessary measures … to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack.” Celebrations erupted across Benghazi after news of the vote … More

    The Middle East-and U.S. Policy-in Growing Disarray

    Troops loyal to Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi’s regime continued their advance toward the rebel stronghold of Benghazi yesterday, as the Obama Administration scrambled to mount a response at the U.N. Security Council, where it now apparently favors a more muscular approach to the crisis. Today the Obama Administration is reportedly … More

    Morning Bell: Obama Dithers While American Credibility Burns

    President Barack Obama invited ESPN into the White House yesterday so that The Worldwide Leader In Sports could tape his picks for the 2011 NCAA basketball tournament. The President picked all frontrunners. Good for him. Meanwhile, 5,000 miles away, a Libyan rebel defending the town of Ajdabiya from Muammar Qadhafi … More

    Libya: The Obama Doctrine Inaction

    The Wall Street Journal wrote Saturday: Whatever else one might say about President Obama’s Libya policy, it has succeeded brilliantly in achieving its oft-stated goal of not leading the world. No one can any longer doubt the U.S. determination not to act before the Italians do, or until the Saudis … More

    A No-Fly Zone over Libya? Take a Deep Breath First

    What to do about Libya? First of all, we need to be clear about our national interests. Since we have lived with the Muammar Qadhafi regime for years—and particularly because Libya gave up its weapons of mass destruction program—there is no immediate vital national interest requiring the use of force. … More

    Libyan Security and the Sixth Fleet

    In the ongoing debate about U.S. policy choices regarding Libya, one of the elephants in the room has been American aircraft carriers. Or, more precisely, where are American carriers, which could provide aircraft for enforcing a no-fly zone as well as protection for any non-combatant evacuation operation? The reality is … More

    Morning Bell: Don't Tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

    As gas prices hit $4 per gallon, White House spokesman Jay Carney assured Americans on Monday that the administration is well aware of the toll high fuel costs are taking on American families. So what’s President Obama’s solution to America’s pain? According to White House chief of staff Bill Daley, … More

    UN Security Council Resolution on Libya Lacks Foresight

    The United Nations has responded in several ways to the Libyan regime’s terrible acts over the past few weeks. None of those actions, including the premature referral of Libyan to the International Criminal Court, have seemingly given Muammar Qadhafi much concern. Attacks continue, people are dying, and Qadhafi remains intent … More

    Libyan Revolution Reveals Foolishness of Arms Trade Treaty

    The Obama Administration has declared its support for the U.N.’s efforts to negotiate an arms trade treaty (ATT) that would regulate the transfer of conventional arms. This is unwise for many reasons. The following stories show just how an ATT, far from saving civilians, would actually tie the hands of democracies … More

    Lunch With Heritage Online Chat - Crises in the Middle East

    From Egypt, to Libya, to Tunisia people have been crying out for freedom. What do these protests mean for America? Join us right now! We are joined by Heritage’s Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, Jim Carafano. Jim will be taking your questions about the future of … More