President Obama said yesterday the U.S. will be pulling back from its dominant role in Libya this week. Exactly who will take the reins isn't clear. France? Britain? Can they even do it? The option most talked about seems to be the NATO Military Alliance, which is also led by (surprise) the U.S.
Obama also reiterated that no U.S. ground forces will be deployed, even if air strikes aren't enough to dislodge Qaddafi from power.
House Speaker John Boehner sent a fiery letter to the President yesterday, asking the unanswered question, "What is your benchmark for success in Libya?" Boehner also asked why we agreed to a U.N. Security Council resolution that doesn't mention removing Qaddafi, despite Obama demanding he step down.
Given that, Boehner asks if it would be acceptable for Qadhafi to stay in power, how he’d be removed from power, and why the U.S. would “commit American resources to enforcing a U.N. resolution that is inconsistent with our stated policy goals and national interest.”
And if you're feeling extra sad, let the New York Times cheer you up, with its warm n' fuzzy op-ed, "Hugs From Libyans."