President Obama Monday sought to square his military actions with his policy of removing Qaddafi – two different things, he says. Obama may have lost Congress on Libya, though, because he failed to consult lawmakers about the policy. The cost of the war is growing, but Obama has no plans to ask Congress for additional funds
Liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen accuses a dithering president of handling the Libya crisis in the manner of Milton Berle.
Traveling in Chile, Obama lauded the region’s embrace of democracy and suggested it could serve as a model for the Middle East. But he declined to apologize for past U.S. support of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, though he indicated he was willing to share records that could shed light on U.S. actions.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty became the first major Republican to announce that he is running for Obama’s job. And the evidence grows that former President George H.W. Bush wasn’t such a wimp after all.