Gates: Libya Is Not a 'Vital Interest'
After advising Muammar Gaddafi not to hang any more pictures in his house on Face the Nation, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates had another slip of the tongue on Meet the Press. When asked if intervention in Libya is in the country's vital interest, Gates conceded before Clinton cut him off: "No, I don't think it's a vital interest for the United States, but we clearly have interests there."
Will the U.S. Intervene in Syria?
The short answer: Not yet. On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer pressed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about intervening in Syria, where the regime has attempted to violently stop thousands protesting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Clinton said the force used by police in Syria is unacceptable, but, "Each of these situations is unique… I don't think that it's yet clear what will occur, what will unfold," she said.
Rumsfeld Blasts 'Confusion' Over Libya Mission
Citing "confusion"—no less than six times—over explanations for military action in Libya, Donald Rumsfeld had harsh words for the Obama administration over its approach to forming a coalition on This Week. Instead, the former secretary of Defense said the administration should have followed this tongue twister: "The mission has to determine the coalition. The coalition ought not determine the mission… if you determine what your mission is and then you decide… that you put together a coalition that fits that mission… then you have a sufficient seriousness of purpose."
Gingrich: 'Within a Month… We'll Be Running'
Why so coy, Mr. Speaker? Newt Gringrich fielded questions about his presidential aspirations on Fox News Sunday, first saying that he would run, then quickly correcting himself: "We're not yet running… the water's pretty warm. My hope is that within a month that we'll be in, swimming very rapidly." Also up for discussion was Gingrich's admission that he cheated on his wives—and that he doesn't consider himself a hypocrite for leading the charge to impeach Bill Clinton for his own personal misstep.
Clinton: Coalition Is a 'Watershed Moment'
Mission nearly accomplished: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referenced the 1990s crises in Bosnia and Rwanda as a motive for intervening in Libya on This Week. "The United States Senate called for a no-fly zone in a resolution that it passed… and that mission is on the brink of having been accomplished," she said. Clinton added that there is no "perfect option" in situations like Libya, amid criticism that Congress should have been consulted when determining U.S. intervention.
Is Cable News Destroying Journalism?
Howard Kurtz sat down with former Nightline anchor Ted Koppel on Reliable Sources, where they rehashed Koppel's beef with former MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann, who criticized his news coverage. Koppel stressed the importance of objective reporting vs. cable news channels: "We're not talking about entertainment; we're talking about news. And news is important in a democracy because the idea that a voting public actually have access to objective information." As Koppel pointed out, we can all agree on one thing: If cable news isn't destroying journalism, Charlie Sheen might be.
Levin: U.S. Cannot Always Use 'Military Means'
Senator Carl Levin answered the Libya question on everyone's mind: What's in it for us? On State of the Union, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said the U.S. should be motivated to act by the " democratic movement" in the Arab world, adding that we shouldn't always rely on military means to oust dictators: "We should use other means in terms of limiting the power of dictators—and we have."