March 29th, 2011
06:51 AM ET

Fareed's response to President Obama's Libya speech

"What Obama is saying is that there are places in the world where the United States does not have vital national interests - where we have not been attacked - but where we have limited interests.

"He is saying that we are going to try to find a way to have some kind of limited military response in these situations. We are going to do some of the things ourselves. We are going to insist that allies do other things. We are going to insist we have an international mandate.

"What he is suggesting is given the circumstances - the Libyan opposition asking for help on the verge of a massacre, the Arab League asking for it, the UN endorsing it - the United States could not have done nothing. But that does not mean that he is going to accept the idea that this is an open-ended military commitment.

"What John McCain was suggesting strikes me as a very dangerous argument: In a place where we have clearly limited, non-vital interests, the United States and the President should adopt an open-ended policy of military escalation and say we should do whatever it takes to get Moammar Gadhafi out of office. Well, that is frankly the way we got into conflicts like Vietnam where in order not to be humiliated, we couldn’t back down.

"What Obama is saying is we have a limited military mission and he intends to keep it limited.

"The reference to Iraq was very pointed and clear in that respect."

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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Don't believe a word of it. There was NO need for the US to get involved, nor will we get uninvolved, now that we are.

    Obama was simply handing out a platter full of BS.

    March 30, 2011 at 11:45 am | Reply
  2. RRMON

    Who will gain control of the oil fields after or if there is an overthrow? And, where will the future sale proceeds go, back to the country and people or warlords and rebels pockets or those who are sponsoring this calamity?
    To control a resource for a speculative cash reserve will not produce an expected result.

    March 30, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  3. Jannie Swem

    Recent Mass Slayings have occured in Ivory Coast. Basically a government killing its own people.Very similar situatuion as in Libya
    I find it interesting that the UN,NATO, AU didnt step in and stop these autrocities, it seems like when there is no oil involved, and there is no financial return on bombing the hell out of a country.

    Iraq was messy. Bush never banked on Al Queda stuffing up his plans to ensure that iraqi oil flows to the west.
    War is only required when there is oil.

    Mind you Clintons attempted interventions in Africa were with noble cause, even if they were inneffective, im speaking of Somalia and Sudan.

    However if They really wanted to stabilize Somalia at the time, they could have... again.... no why the hell bother?
    Zimbabwe, Mugabe has been killing his own people for over a decade... nothing is done


    March 31, 2011 at 3:00 am | Reply

    Hate to say it but america is fronting most of the war. Firing about 90% of the missles, collecting most of the information, and flying over 80% of the missions. When there are what 20 other countries that are in this weith us. NATO is a joke. If you dont think so go to some countries where NATO is acting and see what the locals think of them.

    March 31, 2011 at 11:27 am | Reply
  5. fooshika

    Fareed ... you make non sense and we can read and understand what the president is trying to say. Your reference to Irag has wrong and no connection what so ever to the current conflict in Libya. Obviously your knowledge about the Libya and this subject matter is very limited so please stick to what you know best which is I am not sure what it is.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Reply
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