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Watch: Asked About Libya, Cain Stays on Message

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Presidential hopeful Herman Cain isn't going to be tricked into any more embarrassing Libya flubs.

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American Doctor Describes Libya's Medical Infrastructure Before and After Gadhafi

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's been a week and a half since rebels killed Muammar Gadhafi, after taking his hometown of Sirte. Libya is now a country in the midst of healing old wounds and trying to rebuild a nation. Dr. Catherine Mullaly, an anesthesiologist with Massachusetts General Hospital, was working in Qasr Ahmed Hospital in Misrata the day Gadhafi was captured and killed. She’s just returned from a six week assignment there with Médecins Sans Frontières, and shares what she saw in the days after Gadhafi's death.

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Opinion: Obama's 'Leadership from Behind' on Libya was Right Call

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

While Obama didn't have the foresight to lead on this, he did have the common sense to come down on the right side of history in the end. For that he deserves some praise.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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Freedom Fighters: A Libyan-American's Search for His Father in Lybia

Monday, August 22, 2011

Today on The Takeaway we covered the rebel takeover of Tripoli in Libya extensively. After the show, co-host John Hockenberry gave his own take on the morning's coverage, including an interview with a young Libyan-American whose father has been imprisoned in the country since 1993. The young man doesn't even yet know if his father has survived in prison; now his family is preparing to leave their native country to find out.

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Transcript: President Obama Delivers Remarks on Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I just completed a call with my National Security Council on the situation in Libya. And earlier today I spoke to Prime Minister Cameron about the extraordinary events taking place there.

The situation is still very fluid. There remains a degree of uncertainty and there ...

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Read Obama's Remarks on the Events in Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tonight, the momentum against the Gadhafi regime has reached a tipping point. Tripoli is slipping from the grasp of a tyrant. The Gadhafi regime is showing signs of collapsing. The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist ...

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Kerry, McCain Put Out Joint Resolution on Libya

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

There are potentially three different votes pertaining to Libya happening in Washington this week. House Republicans are set to vote on a proposal that would defund the American military mission in Libya, and Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) put out a joint resolution on Tuesday authorizing limited use of forces in Libya. The senators are partly responding to critics who say President Obama violated the War Powers Act by not getting the mission in Libya approved ahead of time by Congress. There is also talk of the House putting out its own resolution to remove all troops from NATO operations in Libya.

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Obama's UK Speech Paves Path Forward - But What About Libya?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Listening to President Obama's address to the British Parliament, you wouldn't think our war in Libya is a very big deal. Its first mention is two-thirds of the way through the speech, the discussion of it lasts a single paragraph, and it is called an "action," "crackdown" and effort to ensure "the people of Libya are protected." Hardly a war at all.

-Justin Krebs, on the Obama administration's mixed foreign policy messages.

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Kucinich Looks Forward

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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I think the American people ought to be fed up with a government that says one thing and does another. And if I do anything and add to this debate, it’s to just call it as I see it, and the way I see it is generally the way it is.

— Dennis Kucinich, U.S. Representative (D) for Ohio's 10th Congressional district, and candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 and 2008 elections, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Libya's Humanitarian and Military Crisis: Who Leads?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Following the NATO-led bombardment of targeted government buildings in the Libyan capital of Tripoli earlier this week, the United Nations called on both sides to pause their military assaults in order to ease the growing humanitarian crisis. Misrata, which has been under attack for weeks by pro-Gadhafi forces, is short of food, water and other basic supplies. An estimated 750,000 people have fled the country since the uprising began in February. NATO entered Libya to prevent a humanitarian crisis. But without Gadhafi’s forces letting up anytime soon, the fighting seems to only be escalating the humanitarian situation. So how do the United Nations and NATO collaborate on a joint humanitarian and military operation?

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Morning Fodder: Four Tweetables from the IAFC and BL Show Crews

Thursday, April 28, 2011

From the dirt in our 'backyard' to the 'least disputable thing a politician has ever said,' a look at four stories the IAFC and Brian Lehrer Show folks are perusing on this Thursday morning. 

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Remembering Photojournalists Killed in Misrata

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tim Hetherington, Oscar-nominated director of the 2010 documentary, “Restrepo” and photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed yesterday in Misrata, Libya. They, along with other war photographers, were caught in the middle of heavy fire between rebels and government forces. Two other photographers were also injured but are in stable condition. The Takeaway had a chance to speak with another photographer in Misrata, Andre Liohn, who had been at the scene of the shelling only a few hours prior to the attack. Andre was the first to report the deaths.

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NATO: A Divided Mission in Libya?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Berlin attending NATO meetings, where members of the alliance are debating whether to step up their attacks on Libyan forces. Meanwhile, Libyan rebels are warning of an immanent blood bath in the city of Misurata if NATO does not intensify their air attacks. Thursday, Col. Moammar Gaddhafi rode around around Tripoli in a convertible, defiantly waving his fists at the allied forces. What is the way forward for NATO and is its latest combat mission a reflection of how little it can do to with such a divided force?

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Moral Imperatives in the Middle East

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

In his address to the nation on Monday, President Barack Obama explained the rationale behind sending US military troops to Libya. In describing the situation, the President reminded Americans that "If [America] waited one more day, Benghazi, a city nearly the size of Charlotte would suffer a massacre that would have reverberated across the region and stained the conscience of the world. It was not in our national interests to let that happen. I refused to let that happen.But what if it happens in other countries, like Yemen?

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A Convoluted Speech About a Convoluted War

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Obama timidly explained something he refused to call a war and gave an address on America's role in protecting the people of the world that was positively Bush-esque.

-- Karol Markowicz on Obama's Monday night address on the intervention in Libya

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Analysis: President Obama's Speech on Libya

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

President Obama has faced criticism from the left and the right regarding his decision to join coalition forces in enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya. The President addressed those critics last night in a speech to the nation, saying he was committed to keeping American troops off the ground. He also appealed to our morality by saying, “I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, dissects Obama's speech in terms of policy and how it might play in the capital.

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Obama and Libya: The Most Presidential Thing

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The president and his team did not "go it alone." They sought and attained international support, meaningful military collaboration and the partnership of Arab states. One country they didn't court as assiduously, though, was their own.

-- Justin Krebs, on Obama's Monday night address on the intervention in Libya

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Libya: How to Win Allies in the Arab World

Monday, March 28, 2011

This is the best billion we've spent militarily since we pushed Saddam out of Kuwait in 1991.

-- Solomon Kleinsmith, on the way to win allies in Arab countries

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Gideon Rose on Middle East Uprisings

Friday, March 25, 2011

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Basically we didn’t think through what we want to see and that’s what we need to do now. What do you want to see in Libya at the end of the day?

Gideon Rose editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Comments Roundup: Libya Intervention

Thursday, March 24, 2011

They think that if they corner [Gaddifi], and they’re able to bolster the rebels, that this is a long-term sustainable endgame. Of course we saw similar strategies in Afghanistan and we know how that turned out.

Glenn Thrush, White House reporter for Politico on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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