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HuffPost's Howard Fineman Discusses President Obama's Libya Address On 'Hardball' (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/29/11 09:31 PM ET

The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman appeared alongside USA Today's Susan Page Tuesday night on MSNBC's 'Hardball' to discuss President Obama's Monday night Libya address.

In the context of the Libya conflict and Obama's speech, Fineman explained that Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) "is regarded in many ways as the dean of serious Republican foreign policy analysts. And I think when Dick Lugar says what's the endgame, how do you define victory, and what is it going to cost, and how are we really going to be involved henceforth, I think those are legitimate questions that serious people of all stripes have about this and that the President didn't answer."

Fineman also discussed the way that this President came to the decisions he did involving Libya. "It's a sliding scale of conscience and cost for this President. And that's very pragmatic, it's a mix of high intention and cold-eyed pragmatism. That's the mix that the President has tried to project throughout his campaign and Presidency. That's what he's trying to sell to the American people now."

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