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Instead of stepping down market out there apparently digging in -- how within just the last parody.
Libyan strongman that is -- -- that.
He's gonna stick around a -- he made a brief appearance in public today.
Saying he's not afraid of planes -- -- promising victory calling the UN action quote on just aggression.
This is silenced Saddam Hussein number that anyway we're also getting reports now US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and ABC news interview.
Say she believes to adopt -- be exploring.
Exile options but unclear if he is serious.
Reaction -- -- this -- developments from our former Defense Secretary.
We have -- secretary thank you for coming.
All -- everywhere you.
On the what are you know -- well -- missed making sense of what you think adoptees up to what -- Well well I think he's stalling for four that he can do right now.
Basically we have an unclear mission and this is something has troubled people -- beginning.
Exactly what has our mission and as articulated through the UN Security Council it was -- take whatever measures were necessary to protect the people who were demonstrating against story of opposition against sort capacity.
There are many people in the UN especially the Arab League apparently -- thought that meant only.
Utilizing any no flies so.
Well my concern has always there and it's very easy to say no fly zone but you have to bend -- attack.
All of the air defenses and take -- so.
Then it becomes a situation where thousands of what appears like I used -- playing don't use much -- in my armored personnel carriers or just might marauding.
Our troops who armed with fifty caliber machine -- And that character into -- no drive -- And that's what happened with the French and the others taking out a -- -- -- heavily armed equipment.
And then assuming that doesn't work where does that leave you -- where we are today with Qaddafi still being defiant.
On the other hand not sure exactly how far the UN and NATO are prepared ago.
And doesn't mean that we're prepared people on the ground in the -- to protect their his people against they have.
Very unclear mixed messages coming back from the military purses -- what's being said.
That -- -- -- and so I think there's an issue there that maybe Qaddafi is figuring if we're really going to.
Destroy his military he has an option to assay oh lead the country -- don't just take -- for the international criminal court.
Don't go away quietly.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know what it says so would it have been better.
The secretary of thrust as soon as stated in the beginning at getting him as cardinal.
The if we shouldn't pretty -- -- big -- -- but the other issue is at this particular point 04 are we gonna continue.
Doubt there's been some again inconsistency -- -- -- by the administration saying well we don't want regime change.
Well in fact the president our state -- -- he could no longer of government people of both Libya based spotted behavior so what does that mean.
He stays in power.
-- we simply calls for cease fire which he in fact carries out and we just leave everything in place I don't think that's an you know credible option.
Or if the people in opposition to -- say we don't like to cease fire our goal is to get rid of them.
It's a point what is our policy to let go click we've bought it -- it through very carefully in terms of how does -- all I have to tell me how this stands.
And I think ultimately -- and -- based upon the president's statement initially that -- -- in -- -- remain in power.
So how will you achieve that what developed it's going to be the United States or the UN or NATO in -- -- seeing that conclusion.
Really remains very much and put.
Do you think we should play a role in finding a safe haven for -- Our I think that we are not who want to be playing believable here this is one thing this victory gates and admiral Mullen was very concerned about the very beginning -- we are now I'm doing and secretary like it or not that's exactly what happened.
-- sort of what we are now that's what happened.
We're playing the initial -- -- the president tried to make it very clear it was temporary nature in order to help degrade the air defense systems but.
Well President Obama -- instead did not want to.
City to have us fully engage in another war with another Muslim country with a -- is out of the -- remember we are the.
Any out of a -- being a little bit intentions that's what has happened here.
And the fear is that this does erupt in something bigger.
That -- that's one of the reasons why you have to have mission clarity at the very beginning.
You have to understand what you can achieve the mission you don't want to yourself you have to understand what the -- -- involved in terms of not only.
Well of the dollar cost but the cost in terms of full blooded.
In the loss of life.
And finally what is the exit strategy post before things we always ask before.
Going into any kind of -- combat mission.
I don't know that any of those -- that question didn't fully answered so we're edit and that is one of the problems.
Once you step -- and it's like quicksand very hard to pull it back.
And now that the administration will have to decide whether or not this going to continue to -- leave.
And didn't -- this to a conclusion.
Or turn it over to NATO members and let them handle it from this point forward -- clear how that's gonna unfold.
Also unclear is the president really feels about this argument -- the precedent and elsewhere that he was gonna -- Canada's lead -- the that's.
By his secretary of state -- some clarity and maybe a tougher position.
Do you think that's the case -- do you think -- discord.
Within the White House how to move forward.
I have not heard any communication so with -- White House like can't tell you our minds here in Beijing.
You're -- with other issues at the moment but so all likens it from a distance and it -- -- -- -- Very unclear and how we go forward and who's going forward the president is attempting to hand it off 200 NATO mission and pull the United States out of it I think it's going to be quite difficult and I think to be some resistance I think you're seeing.
Buyer's remorse on the part of some in the Arab league's -- all we only wanted to know why so we -- break you're going to start killing individuals.
-- part of collateral damage.
So there are a lot of thought.
Unanswered questions that the sport is so what does this sort of -- can go forward and I'm sure that Qaddafi.
There's is calculating knows if there is an uncertain trumpet if there are not people who are very clear what their goal -- That is -- have him removed from office either voluntarily or can force.
There I think he's going to waited out there and continue to -- All right secretary Bill -- thank you very much.
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