|Posted by Anti-Tyranny News on March 24, 2011 at 8:40 AM|
March 23: People look at weapons belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, destroyed by a coalition air strike, along a road between Benghazi and Ajdabiyah.
President Obama categorically ruled out on Wednesday a land invasion to oust Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi, as a U.S. military commander told Fox News that one of the strongman's compound had been hit again by coalition airstrikes.
The strikes were the second to target a Qaddafi compound, though the specific location wasn't immediately clear. The military source told Fox News that air defense sites were the intended target, and U.S. commanders "don't track where the regime leader is and very specifically do not target him."
Obama said Wednesday that the United States will be pulling back this week from its dominant role in the international campaign aimed at preventing Qaddafi from attacking civilians. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the U.S. could turn over control of the operation as soon as Saturday.
Obama was asked in an interview with the Spanish-language network Univision if a land invasion would be out of the question in the event air strikes were to fail to dislodge Qaddafi from power. Obama replied that it was "absolutely" out of the question.
Asked what the exit strategy is, he did not lay out a vision for ending the international action but rather said: "The exit strategy will be executed this week in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment."
"We'll still be in a support role; we'll still be providing jamming and intelligence and other assets that are unique to us, but this is an international effort that's designed to accomplish the goals that were set out in the Security Council resolution," Obama said.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, expressed concerns over Obama's handling of the crisis in a letter sent to president Wednesday.
"I and many other members of the House of Representatives are troubled that U.S. military resources were committed to war without clearly defining for the American people, the Congress, and our troops what the mission in Libya is and what America's role is in achieving that mission," Boehner wrote.