Graham: Leadership an 'Inconvenience' for Obama

GOP thinks Libya invasion is too little, too late
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2011 10:27 AM CDT
Lindsey Graham: Obama Is Acting Like Leadership Is an 'Inconvenience'
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., addresses Gen. David Petraeus on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 15, 2011.   (AP Photo)

As Mike Mullen made the talk-show rounds to explain the administration's actions in Libya, Capitol Hill's finest followed him around to offer their two cents. Republicans are roundly slamming President Obama, with Lindsey Graham saying he's acting as though “leading the free world is an inconvenience,” and worrying that "we’re taking a back seat rather than a leadership role.” Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • Carl Levin: “One of the reasons that I predict there will be strong bipartisan support for the president’s actions is because it is a very limited mission. No boots on the ground.”
  • John McCain: "If we had taken this step a couple of weeks ago, a no-fly zone would probably have been enough. Now, a no-fly zone is not enough. There needs to be other efforts made."
  • Jeff Sessions: “I can’t quite see where we are heading,” Sessions said on NBC. “I can’t see exactly where the endgame is, I do think that it is a very troubling situation.”
  • Jack Reed: The Rhode Island Democrat says Congress should get a vote. "The president should notify under the War Powers Act. Like all of his predecessors, he’ll probably say it doesn’t apply, but I think he will notify us.”
  • Richard Myers: The former chair of the Joints Chiefs wants a peek at Obama's endgame: "I don't think we've heard that from any of the senior political heads of state... Now the challenge is going to be, OK if you can stop them, then how do you get to the desired end state? So I'm not sure how you connect these dots."
Click for Andrew Sullivan's take on our "imperial" president. (More Sunday morning talk shows stories.)

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