Politics
7:55 am
Tue March 8, 2011

Sen. Reed: international community, not U.S., should take lead in Lybia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Jack Reed says the international community should take the lead in trying to oust Libya's government.


Reed says the U.S. should be cautious about using military force in Libya, because doing so would raise expectations of a deeper American involvement. Instead, he says, the US should work with its United Nations colleagues for change in Libya.


"There are countries much closer to them geographically, historically, and economically - like Italy, like France - who probably can play much more effective roles, rather than the United States," Reed says.


Some observers say a no-fly zone would help rebels challenging the government of Moammar Gadhafi. But Reed says a U.S.-imposed no-fly zone would raise expectations about introducing American ground forces in Libya.

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