Mr. President, How Long Will We Be Engaged In Libya?

Here we go:
The United States will transfer control of the air assault on Libyan forces within days, President Barack Obama said on Monday, even as European divisions fueled speculation that U.S. leadership would continue.

Obama's comments reflected a U.S. desire to have others be seen to lead the U.N.-mandated campaign. It has destroyed most of Muammar Gaddafi's air defenses since it began last Saturday and is the third U.S.-led operation in a Muslim country in a decade.

"We anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not in a matter of weeks," Obama told a news conference during a visit to Chile.

"NATO will be involved in a coordinating function because of the extraordinary capacity of that alliance" but details of the transfer -- when it would take place and to whom -- would be provided by U.S. military chiefs, he said.
Hmmmm.... this all sounds so familiar.....
There will be no World War III starting with Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared Thursday, and rejected concerns that a war would be a quagmire.

"The idea that it's going to be a long, long, long battle of some kind I think is belied by the fact of what happened in 1990," he said on an Infinity Radio call-in program.

He said the U.S. military is stronger than it was during the Persian Gulf War, while Iraq's armed forces are weaker.

"Five days or five weeks or five months, but it certainly isn't going to last any longer than that," he said. "It won't be a World War III."
My emphases in both quotes.


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