Draw Down

U.S. to Decrease Military in Libya

So, let's talk Libya. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates hit the Sunday morning talk show circuit with a blitz on Face the Nation, Meet the Press, and This Week. Gates says that with the no-fly zone in place over Libya, the Pentagon is now planning to draw down its forces and let other countries take over. "Beginning this week or within the next week or so, we will begin to diminish the ... (military) resources that we have committed to this," Gates said. However, it's not clear when U.S. involvement will end. Asked on ABC's This Week, whether the U.S. would still be there at year's end, Gates replied, “I don't think anybody knows the answer to that.” Both Gates and Clinton expressed hope that Gaddafi's regime would fall on its own. "One should not underestimate the possibility of the regime itself cracking," Gates said on NBC's Meet the Press, while Clinton says she hopes to orchestrate Gaddafi's departure, saying she's headed to a conference in London where leaders will "begin to focus how we are going to help facilitate such a transition of him leaving power."