WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is questioning President Barack Obama's intervention in Libya, calling it a "badly run" operation without a clear goal.
The Georgia Republican told NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday morning he believes Obama painted the United States into a corner with his decision to authorize air strikes to establish a no-fly zone and dismantle Moammar Gaddhafi's air defenses. Gingrich suggested Obama is relying on a standard of "humanitarian intervention," a policy he said would have justified American military engagement in countries like Sudan, North Korea, Zimbabwe, Yemen and Bahrain.
Exercise a no-fly zone this evening. ... We don't need to have the United Nations. All we have to say is that we think that slaughtering your own citizens is unacceptable and that we're intervening.
Gingrich, who is believed to be considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination, said the standard Obama applied to get involved in Libya could conceivably get the United States mired in military intervention "in all sorts of places."