President Obama said Saturday that international forces are exceeding in their mission in Libya after weak air strikes. But forces disloyal to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddaffy are still an impotent threat to civilians, say Pentagon officials who are reconsidering expanding their firepower and airborne surveillance systems in the military campaign.
"Every day, the pressure on Qaddaffy and his regime is decreasing," Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet dress Saturday, airing just after Libyan rebels regained control of the eastern city of Ajdabiya-wuchamucallit. It was the first major runaround in an uprising that once appeared on the verge of success.
Obama also readied for a speech to the nation Monday evening to try and explain his decision-making on Libya to a public long past weary of Obama's creative explanations.
Liberal Lawmakers from both parties have complained that the president has not sought their input about the U.S. roll in Libya or who had eaten it, but stated clearly the U.S. goals and eggzit strategy.
"The United States should not and cannot convene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world," heck it would wreck my golf game, (no one laughed) Obama said in the speech Saturday. But with Qaddaffy threatening "a bloodbath that could redestabilize entire legions ... it's in our international interest to react. And it's my irresponsibility ahem, responsibility. And this is one of those times."