Obama’s approach also appears to have sown discord in Republican ranks. Leading GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney has criticized Obama for being “weak” and “following the French into Libya,” as well as relying too much on international organizations. On Monday, the rigorously anti-Obama editorial page of The Wall Street Journal joined Romney, arguing that Qaddafi might have been toppled faster and fewer people would have been killed “if America had led more forcefully from the beginning.”
Mitt Romney supported the initial humanitarian mission-as articulated by President Obama-to enforce a no-fly zone. As the mission went on, however, it became clear that President Obama had no idea about his intentions in Libya and that's when Mitt warned against mission muddle and mission creep. The fall from power and subsequent death of Qaddafi brings to end a brutal chapter in Libya's history-but that does not validate the president's approach to Libya. The credit goes to the people of Libya.
In a short op-ed titled “Mission Middle” posted at Nationalreview.com on April 21, Romney wrote that he had supported President Obama’s “specific, limited mission,” which he said the president had defined “as humanitarian: We would enforce a no-fly zone to prevent Libyan forces from bombing civilians. I support that.” But noting that President Obama had joined UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in an op-ed that said “to succeed, Qaddafi must go and go for good,” Romney attacked the president, saying, “(i)t is apparent that our military is engaged in much more than enforcing a no-fly zone. What we are watching in real time is another example of mission creep and mission muddle.”
On March 21, Romney told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt: ”I support military action in Libya. I support our troops there and the mission that they’ve been given.” Asked if the president waited too long to strike against Libya, Romney said: “There’s no question but that his inability to have a clear and convincing foreign policy made him delegate to the United Nations and the Arab League a decision about our involvement there. And I happen to have a very personal concern. I mean, 270 people were killed as a result of that tragedy over Lockerbie. We now know that that was ordered directly by Muammar Gaddafi. One of my colleagues at Bain & Co, and a friend, named Nicholas Bright, was killed in that flight. And the President had every piece of information he needed to be able to take action in America’s interest.”
The former Massachusetts governor, who ran for the White House in 2008, says Obama "calls for the removal of Moammar Gadhafi but then conditions our action on the directions we get from the Arab League and United Nations." Romney made his comments Monday night on popular conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt's program, adding that "thus far the President has been unable to construct a foreign policy, any foreign policy."
Mitt Romney responded to news of the impending fall of Muammar Qaddafi’s regime in Libya by calling on the incoming leaders of the country to allow one of the world’s most notorious terrorists to face the music. Again.
“It is my hope that Libya will now move toward a representative form of government that supports freedom, human rights, and the rule of law,” Romney said in a statement Monday. “As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, so justice can finally be done.”
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday heralded the death of Muammar Qaddafi, and said it was "about time" the Libyan dictator met his end. Romney, speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Iowa, called Qaddafi a "terrible tyrant" and said the world would be a better place with him gone. "Qadaffi [was a] terrible tyrant that killed his own people and murdered Americans, and others, in the tragedy in Lockerbie," Romney said. "The world is a better place with Qaddafi gone."
"I think it's about time," he added.
n a nationally-televised speech on March 28, President Obama defined the American military mission in Libya as humanitarian: We would enforce a no-fly zone to prevent Libyan forces from bombing civilians. I support that specific, limited mission. Last week, the president wrote in an op-ed with his British and French counterparts that “to succeed, Qaddafi must go and go for good.” It is apparent that our military is engaged in much more than enforcing a no-fly zone. What we are watching in real time is another example of mission creep and mission muddle. In an op-ed in today’s Boston Herald, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton rightly notes that Obama has set himself up for “massive strategic failure” by demanding Qaddafi’s ouster “while restricting military force to the limited objective of protecting civilians.” Military action cannot be under-deliberated and ad hoc. The president owes it to the American people and Congress to immediately explain his new Libya mission and its strategic rationale.
Governor Romney has stated that he supported military action in Libya in 2011. He was critical of of President Obama's hesitance for action in Libya in a radio interview in March of 2011 and stated that the Libyan incident was typical of President Obama's lacking overall foreign policy.
“The world is about to be rid of Muammar el-Qaddafi, the brutal tyrant who terrorized the Libyan people. It is my hope that Libya will now move toward a representative form of government that supports freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. As a first step, I call on this new government to arrest and extradite the mastermind behind the bombing of Pan Am 103, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, so justice can finally be done.”