U.S. Happy to Hand Off Libya, but to Whom?
Posted on Mar 21, 2011
The U.S. appears to be losing a game of hot potato with respect to military action in Libya. President Obama says he will hand over control of the mission to NATO “within days,” but the BBC reports, “Turkey and Germany have been reluctant for NATO to assume control, and France is not keen.”
Every one of the 28 NATO countries must agree to take on the responsibility or ... the potato lands on the floor?
Meanwhile no one seems to know whether Col. Moammar Gadhafi is a legitimate target, even though his compound has already been attacked by coalition forces. —PZS
Earlier on Monday the coalition had sought to clarify whether Col Gaddafi was considered a military target.
It came after his sprawling Bab al-Aziziya complex in Tripoli was hit in an overnight air attack.
On Sunday UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox had said targeting Col Gaddafi could “potentially be a possibility”.
But the head of the US Africa Command Gen Carter F Ham said attacking Col Gaddafi was not part of his mission.
White House / Pete Souza
President Barack Obama walks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the 2010 NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.