Update on U.S. Efforts in Libya

Update on U.S. Efforts in Libya

International partners in U.S. led air strikes in Libya disagree on mission objectives and control. We take a closer look at the mission's progress, the dissension at home and abroad, and the risks of prolonged conflict.

Allied air strikes continue to hit Libya-- from Tripoli to Benghazi to Misurata. Those strikes are now aimed at Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s ground forces, tanks and artillery. A British commander said the allies have effectively destroyed Libya’s air defenses. But Gadhafi remains defiant. Earlier this week he appeared on Libyan television and declared, “we will not surrender.” As the sixth day of a U.S. led military mission continues, we get an update on progress, hear why there’s disagreement within the U.S. and among the international community, and discuss the risks associated with a prolonged conflict.

Guests

Mark Landler

White House correspondent, The New York Times.

Peter Bergen

CNN national security analyst, director of national security studies at the New America Foundation and author of "The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda."

Leslie Gelb

president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of "Power Rules: How Common Sense Can Rescue American Foreign Policy”

Please familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct and Terms of Use before posting your comments.

Our address has changed!

The Diane Rehm Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.