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March 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

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The U.S. role in Libya's civil war

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President’s policy sound

I am fully confident in the justification and legality of President Obama’s Libya policy. Nine days ago, the “talking heads” were predicting a massacre in Benghazi and criticizing the president for playing too much golf. What a difference a single week makes.

The president — along with Cabinet secretaries Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates — has subsequently rolled out support from the Arab League, a broad United Nations resolution, and a plan for NATO to take over the Libya mission.

I would hope the president’s critics could control their sniping — at least until the “War Powers Resolution of 1973” is violated. That congressional resolution gives the president 60 days to act militarily without congressional approval. I am betting that long before that could happen, Libya and the world will finally be rid of Moammar Gadhafi.

— Hans Aschenbach, Bellevue

Gadhafi not alone with ego issues

While reading David Brook’s very astute column about Moammar Gadhafi and his observations on megalomaniacal dictators [“Gadhafi’s egomania is his edge,” Opinion, March 27], I could not help but be struck by the parallels of these dictators to our current Congress.

This was exemplified when he wrote, “They are untroubled by doubt or concern for the good opinion of others since they already possess absolute truth. They are motivated to fulfill their World Historical Mission and have no interest in retiring peacefully..”

— Aurora King-Hedinger, Shoreline

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