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America's role in Libya is raising some new questions about president Obama's approach to foreign policy.
Speaking from she -- on Monday deputy national security advisor Ben -- explain why the US is not acting alone there.
I don't think that taking -- you lot unilateral action -- -- far more broadly defined mission.
Is in the interest of United States what's in our interest again is working with -- -- community stop.
An urgent humanitarian crisis and in working overtime -- set up pressure tools.
And it and been a broad coalition.
-- increasingly isolated -- pressure on about.
While in South America President Obama discussed what he hopes to see come from this operation.
This is an international effort that's designed to accomplish.
The goals that were set out in the Security Council resolution.
Now as Lisa before we've.
We believe it's in the world's interest and even more importantly Libyan people's interests that -- steps -- So is -- a clear Obama doctrine emerging here let's talk about it -- Robert Shrum a former senior advisor to the gore and Kerry presidential campaigns also.
New York University professor.
Is there an Obama doctor.
If so what is I think there is it's hard to discern because they have to be careful about what they're saying diplomatically.
One pillar of -- -- small collateral is.
That we give burden sharing from our allies so we don't have to carry all or most of the burden alone.
Which is what happened largely in Iraq the second -- is that we balance our interest and our ideals that's why your earlier report on Yemen.
What we've seen on Bahrain the United States is not -- in in those places because we have some big fundamental interest at stake in Libya.
Both our ideals and our interest point in the same direction.
Or why why if you're going to intervene in Libya where Moammar Qaddafi government was killing his own people why don't you do the same thing in moraine where the same kind of thing has happened because we have some really fundamental interest and -- We do not want -- to become a Shiite -- Probably allied with or even merged with the -- Right there on the Arabian Peninsula right next to Saudi Arabia and by the way we don't want it but the saudis certainly don't want it and that's why they -- troops let me read -- -- quote.
From candidate Barack Obama this is something that he's told the Associated Press.
Back in 2007.
He was referring to the Iraq War.
And he said when you have a civil conflict like this military efforts in protective forces can play an important role especially if they're under an international mandate as opposed to simply.
A US mandate.
But you can't solve the underlying problem at the end of a barrel of a gun there's got to be a deliberate and constant diplomatic effort.
That was referring to Iraq what's different from any wrong vs -- Well I think there is a deliberate and constant diplomatic effort.
I suspect that is as the secretary of state hinted yesterday that there are conversations going on from people in the Libyan government.
About how they get rid of Qaddafi or where Qaddafi could go.
Look candidates say one thing presidents have other responsibilities.
And you know I think of Noriega in Panama where George H.
Bush send in the troops.
I think of what Bill Clinton did in the Balkans I think of Ronald Reagan in Grenada.
President's move when they think something important in the United States is at stake and that's what I think happened here but -- -- a candidate candidate and a president ought to be consistent in their messages should not.
Oh I don't know George Bush promised to humble foreign policy in 2000 I don't think that's what we got.
I mean 9/11 change that I think circumstances change presidents have to react to those circumstances.
Look at the end of the day here.
Although the president can't say it.
Our aim is regime change it's for Qaddafi goalie there have been -- -- messages -- -- that's that's not it's not mix.
The audience for that message is overseas we put this coalition together so we're not gonna say regime change but that's what we want.
Most members of the coalition understand that's what we want and if we don't get it it's going to be very bad for the president and very depths of this country because Libya will be a terrorist haven inimical to the United States Bob from good to talk to thank you thanks a more.
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