Secretaries Clinton, Gates Discuss Situation in Libya on Sunday Morning News Shows

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 27, 2011
Flags Wave in Front of NATO Headquarters

On March 27, 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appeared on ABC's This Week, CBS's Face the Nation, and NBC's Meet the Press to discuss the situation in Libya.

Addressing the no-fly zone, Secretary Clinton said, "...The United States Senate called for a no-fly zone in a resolution that it passed, I think, on March the 1st, and that mission is on the brink of having been accomplished. And there was a lot of congressional support to do something.

"There is no perfect option when one is looking at a situation like this. I think that the President ordered the best available option. The United States worked with the international community to make sure that there was authorization to do what we have helped to accomplish.

"But what is quite remarkable here is that NATO assuming the responsibility for the entire mission means that the United States will move to a supporting role. Just as our allies are helping us in Afghanistan where we bear the disproportionate amount of the sacrifice and the cost, we are supporting a mission through NATO that was very much initiated by European requests joined by Arab requests.

"I think this is a watershed moment in international decision making. We learned a lot in the 1990s. We saw what happened in Rwanda. It took a long time in the Balkans, in Kosovo to deal with a tyrant. But I think -- and what has happened since March 1st -- and we're not even done with the month -- demonstrates really remarkable leadership."

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