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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Libya Chaos: Obama's Bad Optics

The coalition is fracturing just days into the attack on Libya, Germans pull forces out of NATO, the Brits are worried about supplies, Air Strikes continue, NATO to start sea patrols, coalition forces bicker publicly on mission objectives, and Obama's exit strategy is not exit.

In the meantime, this is what we see:

Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, participate in a reception in La Moneda Palace in Santiago, Chile, last night (Photo via Daily Mail)

Just the highlights.

--Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could be assassinated

--French propose a new political 'committee' to oversee operations

--Germany pulls equipment out of NATO coalition over disagreement over campaign's direction

--Italians accuse French of backing NATO in exchange for oil contracts

--No-fly zone called into question after first wave of strikes 'neutralizes' Libyan military machine

--U.K. ministers say war could last '30 years'

--Italy to 'take back control' of bases used by allies unless NATO leadership put in charge of the mission

--Russians tell U.S. to stop bombing in order to protect civilians - calls bombing a 'crusade'

Are you kidding me?