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Obama Speech Lets Palin Down

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TEHRAN, March 30 (ICANA) – Sarah Palin appeared unimpressed by President Obama's national address on the military action in Libya on Monday, telling Fox News in a follow-up interview that the message of the speech was "profoundly disappointing."
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:08:56 AM
Obama Speech Lets Palin Down

During her appearance, Palin accused the president of uncovering a "dodgy" and "dubious" foreign policy plan that was "full of chaos and questions." Furthermore, she said that it ran counter to what she saw as the fundamental goal of removing Gaddafi by force. The Huffington Post

"We're not hearing from our president what is the end-game here," Palin charged. "And with Gaddafi still in power, if we're not going to oust him via killing or capturing, then there is not an acceptable end-state." The Huffington Post

Palin also challenged what she called "inconsistencies" with the perceived message of the engagement, questioning why, if American troops were being sent to Libya on a humanitarian mission, they weren't also being dispatched to places such as Darfur, North Korea or Syria. The Huffington Post

As a whole, the former Alaska governor seemed unsatisfied with the president's explanation of the Libyan intervention, as well as with Obama's larger insistence on seeking international approval and cooperation in conducting the operation. The Huffington Post

"He did not make the case for this intervention. U.S. interests have got to be met if we are going to intervene. And U.S. interests can't just mean validating some kind of post-American theory of intervention wherein we wait for the Arab League and the United Nations to tell us 'thumbs up America, you can go now, you can act', and then we get in the back of the bus and we wait for NATO, we wait for the French to lead us. That's not inspirational." The Huffington Post

U.S. President Barack Obama defended the U.S. military actions against Libya on March 21, saying the U.S. military actions are in accordance with the UN resolution adopted to solve the Libya crisis. Xinhua

As a candidate in 2007, then-Senator Obama said a president could not unilaterally authorize military action without Congress' consent. That's just what he's now doing in Libya. slate.com

House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday (March 23) sharpened his criticism of President Barack Obama's handling of military operations in Libya, pressing Obama over the mission's cost, leadership and exit strategy. Reuters

Newt Gingrich, former U.S. House speaker and potential presidential candidate accused Obama of going to war without having a real consultation with Congress. Mcclatchydc.com

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates warned Congress earlier in March that even a more modest effort to establish a no-flight zone over Libya would have to begin with an attack on the country's air defenses and would require "a big operation in a big country." NY Times

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