Obama’s Cabinet and Intervention in Libya

The Takeaway

President Obama made the decision to use U.S. military forces in Libya in his role as the top of American government’s executive branch. But the president’s cabinet and circle of advisers play an important role in policy. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates come from different areas of the political spectrum, and their positions on Libya have appeared to be quite different. Will the relationship between President Obama’s advisers complicate the endgame in Libya? Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose explains that its unlikely that the U.S. will be able to get out of Libya as quickly as it would like.

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