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IPFS News Link • Obama Administration

US Pressing UN for ‘Military Authorization’ Against Gadhafi

The Obama Administration’s position on Libya appears to have transitioned yet again toward a more hawkish stance, and they are now said to be pressuring the United Nations to expand their Thursday vote on Libya beyond a “no-fly zone” into a full authorization for attack. US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice insisted that the no-fly zone was no longer sufficient and that they wanted an authorization that would allow immediate attacks against Gadhafi’s forces on the ground, including air strikes. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, however, insisted that the attack would have to include “Arab participation” because the administration is concerned that a unilateral US attack would have “unintended consequences.”