Is There a Case for Military Intervention in Libya?
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Moammar Gadhafi appears to have staved off the rebel onslaught, at least for the moment. With Libya divided, is it time for international intervention. What are the risks for the US to lead the way? What are the risks of inaction? Also, gas prices jump 33 cents in two weeks, and a hearing on Muslim Americans and terrorism. On Reporter's Notebook, a congressman who supported the Irish Republican Army's violent attacks in Britain will chair hearings on "the extent of the radicalization" of American Muslims. We hear about New York Republican Peter King.
Banner image: Libyan rebel fighters stand ready with anti-aircraft weapons at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Ras Lanuf on March 6, 2011. Photo: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images
Gas Prices Jump 33 Cents in Two Weeks ()
In the US gasoline market there's such a glut of supply that refiners are producing barely 80 percent of capacity. So why are prices shooting sky high? Trilby Lundberg is President of the Lundberg Survey, which checks pump prices all over the country.
- Trilby Lundberg: Lundberg Survey
Gadhafi, the US and the Muslim World ()
A weekend assault by Moammar Gadhafi's forces appears to have divided Libya in half, with a stalemate that could mean prolonged civil war. But nobody seems to know just who the rebels are, where they get their weapons or what they want beyond Gadhafi's ouster. The US is in a tricky position, talking tough and creating international expectations, but lacking a strategy or the support required for intervention. Is a real humanitarian crisis unfolding? Does Gadhafi have what he needs to hold on? Should the US commit military forces in yet another Muslim country?
- Vivienne Walt: Time Magazine, @vivwalt
- Martin Chulov: Guardian
- Shadi Hamid: Brookings' Doha Center, @shadihamid
- Aaron David Miller: Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars, @aarondmiller2
- George Joffe: University of Cambridge
Is Peter King a Hypocrite for Past Association with the IRA? ()
On Thursday, Peter King, chair of the Homeland Security Committee, will begin hearings on the "extent of the radicalization" of American Muslims. Many American Muslims are angry about the hearings, and the Obama White House tried to reassure them over the weekend. Although the New York Republican was a supporter of the IRA and their violent attacks, both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair credit him with helping to bring peace. But critics accused him of imposing a double standard, and Amnesty International says it's "hypocrisy," according to a report by Peter Finn of the Washington Post.
- Peter Finn: Washington Post
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