B16 on Libya and Other Assorted News Regarding

Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the crisis in Libya.

I appeal to international bodies and whose who hold military and political responsibility for an immediate start of a dialogue that suspends the use of arms.

To read the report from Reuters, please click here.

Additionally, the two highest officials in the Obama Administration, the Secretary of War (sorry, Defense–the problem of being a historian of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries) and Secretary of State, admitted yesterday that the United States might be in this conflict for some time to come.

As to how long the military campaign with the involvement of the United States would continue in Libya, Mr. Gates and Mrs. Clinton were reluctant to predict.  “We have prevented the large-scale slaughter that was beginning to take place and was taking place,” Mr. Gates said on ABC. But would the intervention by the United States and others be over by the end of the year?–New York Times, March 27, 2011.

Less than a week ago, the president had claimed this would be merely a short mission.

As to why intervene in North Africa, Secretary Gates admitted the Libyan Civil War did not threaten U.S. security.

Mr. Gates acknowledged on the same show that what was unfolding in Libya was not a threat to the United States and was “not a vital national interest to the United States,” but that the intervention was justified because of “the engagement of the Arabs, the engagement of the Europeans, the general humanitarian question that was at stake.”–New York Times, March 27, 2011.

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