More than a month and half after opposition rebels took to the streets of Libya to fight Moammar Gadhafi's security forces, the Obama Administration said Thursday that the U.S. is mulling ideas on how to respond.
The situation has intensified and estimates of those killed by Gadhafi forces in a barrage of aircraft bombings and street battles vary. Opposition members tell The Examiner that help this late in the game may not do much good.
"Why was no one there for us," said one Libyan opposition member to The Examiner. "Why are they not helping us now?"
US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice told reporters Thursday "the U.S. view is that we need to be prepared to contemplate steps that include, but perhaps go beyond, a no-fly zone at this point.”
James Phillips, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation and expert on North Africa, told The Examiner that the administration's failure to aide the opposition will be chalked up as one of the administration's best missed opportunities to get rid of Gadhafi.
"It seems like psychologically the tide has really turned," he said, referring to Gadhafi's gains in the past week against the rebels. "The Obama administration fumbled an opportunity to dislodge Gadhafi, by punting the ball to the UN security council for considerations on a military action. The Administration knows that anything the UN security council does will be a day late and a dollar short."
Phillips said "if Gadhafi consolidates control in Libya again there will be tremendous popular resentment against the Obama administration in the region."