Thursday, March 24, 2011

Barbour warns about nation-building in Libya


On a Mississippi radio station this morning, Haley Barbour wondered what Barack Obama's end-game in Libya is, and renewed his call for a closer look at Afghanistan.

"What are we doing in Libya? I mean we have to be careful, in my mind, about getting into nation building exercises. Whether it’s in Libya or somebody else, or somewhere else.

We’ve been in Afghanistan 10 years. And the question to me in Afghanistan is not whether we should do whatever it takes to win the war on terror, because we should -- whatever it takes, but there are only a 100 al-Qaeda in Afghanistan according to our own government.

So have we suffered from mission creep over there that requires us to have 100,000 soldiers on the ground?

I’m not saying 'do this, do that'. What I am saying is we need to step back and take a look at what we’re doing and see if we got the resources there. Is all that necessary for our mission to be accomplished?"