Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) “hardened his position on Libya Sunday, warning that the U.S. should not become engaged in a ‘civil war,’” POLITICO reports.
Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was “startled to hear” Defense Secretary Robert Gates say Libya is not vital to U.S. interests.
“There should have been a plan for what our objectives were, a debate as to why this was in our vital interest before we committed military forces to Libya,” Gates said.
“I believe the Libyans are going to have to work that out,” he added. “The fact is that we don’t have particular ties with anybody in the Libyan picture, and we will have to at least adjust to whatever that outcome may be.”