Chaos in Libya ... and the U.S. Senate 

White House officials just aren't getting cooperation from the calendar. President Obama expected Libya to wrap up in days or weeks. Not happening. He hoped to leave Congress on the sidelines. Not happening.

Now the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is moving to mark-up a resolution of support. It’s slated for Thursday, but the chairman, John Kerry, D-MA, worries he will lose control of the measure. At this point, it’s tough to predict what the measure is going to look like.

That's largely because Senators Jim Webb, D-VA,  and Bob Corker, R-TN,  have their own ideas. They want the resolution to call for U.S. forces to be withdrawn. Small wonder that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV,  is loath to bring the measure to the floor.

Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY, is rumored to be plotting his own legislative sneak attack.

And it’s only Tuesday.

Still nothing but radio silence from the White House. No signs of administration plans to negotiate a resolution that congressional leaders and Obama can live with. Obama seems to content to just hope he can muddle through.

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