President Barack Obama hoped to shift focus this year to buoying the struggling economy and creating jobs. But his decision to launch military strikes against Libya is making that difficult, Politico reports
“Don’t tell me Libya is not a distraction,” Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, told the news service.
“Dealing with a military operation of this complexity, with this many moving parts takes an enormous amount of the president’s time. We’re talking about hours and hours a day dealing with his national security staff . . . It has an impact on everything else,” Gelb added.
Democrats worry there will be a political price to pay for the distraction.
“That’s the biggest danger here for him politically, that the American people will see him taking his eye off the ball, like he did on healthcare,” a Democratic strategist told Politico.
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