The New York Times has a piece today (3/7/11) about the debate over U.S. military intervention in Libya. The paper reports that
there are persistent voices–in Congress and even inside the administration–arguing that Mr. Obama is moving too slowly.
The most vocal camp, led by senators John McCain, the 2008 Republican nominee for president, and Joseph I. Lieberman, the Connecticut independent and another hawk on Libyan intervention, say the central justification for establishing a no-fly zone over Libya is that the rebel leaders themselves are seeking military assistance to end decades of dictatorship.
As always, when it comes to calling for military force, John McCain is front and center in the TV news debate, since he is apparently an “expert.”
But the Times notes that there are others calling for a more aggressive response–including Sen. John Kerry. And that’s a problem for the White House:
For the administration, Mr. Kerry’s view is more troublesome, given that he is a normally a strong ally on foreign policy issues. He was a fierce critic of the war in Iraq, but he sees Libya as a different matter.