The U.S Role in the Libyan Conflict

The U.S Role in the Libyan Conflict

Changing command of the no-fly zone over Libya from the United States to NATO. America's role going forward, the likelihood of prolonged involvement and the political implications for the Obama administration.

President Obama will deliver a speech to the nation tonight about Libya. He's expected to address some of the many questions Americans have about U.S. involvement in the North African nation. Yesterday NATO agreed to take over command of the allied military campaign in Libya. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said actions by the U.S. and NATO to implement a no-fly zone had averted a humanitarian disaster. But some U.S. lawmakers of both major parties remain skeptical. We'll talk about what, in effect, it means for NATO to take control and what the U.S. role is likely to be in the months to come.

Guests

Ambassador Nicholas Burns

professor in the practice of diplomacy and international politics at the Harvard Kennedy School and former undersecretary for political affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

David Schenker

Aufzien fellow and director of the Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and former top policy aide on the Arab countries of the Levant at the Pentagon.

Phyllis Bennis

director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies; author of "Ending the Iraq War: A Primer."

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