There’s too much “handwringing going on about the future of Libya and not enough about what’s happening in Egypt, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) said Tuesday,” Josh Gerstein reports.
Speaking to Muslim world leaders in Washington, Kerry called for "disciplined" and "determined" pressure on the Libyan regime but counseled against any more dramatic military action to oust Libyan strongman Moammar Qadhafi.
"I think people are frankly over—overexcited or energized about the longer term challenge in Libya. I don’t think it’s that big a deal, frankly," Kerry told the Brookings Institution Saban Center’s U.S.-Islamic World Forum. "We shouldn’t worry that much because, over time, Qadhafi’s position has to deteriorate. His oil cannot be sold. His ability to rearm is constrained. So I just don’t get that agitated personally I think there are bigger issues in the Middle East to be working on while this kind of plays out."
"We have to just learn how to be patient," Kerry added. "I’m much more concerned, personally, about the transition in Egypt. I think that is the big deal and every one of us needs to remain superfocused on that transition…..If we dont make that work, it will have far times more serious implications than Qadhafi staying there for ‘X’ number of months."