While President Obama has been busy focused on filling out his March Madness college basketball brackets on television here at home, there is a global version of March madness sweeping the Middle East, most seriously in Libya, whose violent uprising affects not only our own interests — namely, oil — but the security of our allies in that region.
There is no question that the Libyan crisis is a thorny one, but it's been weeks since the rebels began their mission to overthrow their dictator, Moammar Ghadafi, and since then the U.S. has either sat on its hands or sent mixed messages — a strategy that has resulted in no real message at all.
On the one hand, President Obama has said on several occasions now that Ghadafi should step down, but the tyrant has given no indication at all that he will do so, especially as rebel forces are being pushed back. At the same time, America has made clear that it is not very interested in the kind of military effort that would remove him.
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