President Obama’s inaction on Libya isn’t baffling just the international community — it’s also causing major conflicts within his own administration, according to the Daily. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was unhappy with how Obama handled the uprising in Egypt, but it is his waffling on Libya that has sent her over the edge, the Daily reports:
Fed up with a president “who can’t make his mind up” as Libyan rebels are on the brink of defeat, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to the exits.
At the tail end of her mission to bolster the Libyan opposition, which has suffered days of losses to Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, Clinton announced that she’s done with Obama after 2012 — even if he wins again.
And that clash with Obama may have led to Clinton’s decision to step down from the State Department in 2012. She told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer yesterday that she wouldn’t take on a second term as secretary of state or serve in another capacity in the administration.
“Obviously, she’s not happy with dealing with a president who can’t decide if today is Tuesday or Wednesday, who can’t make his mind up,” a Clinton insider told the Daily. “She’s exhausted, tired.”
The source compared Clinton’s job to “playing sports with a bunch of amateurs.”
It sounds like Clinton is tired of taking the fall for Obama’s poor decisions. As Peter Wehner noted, the secretary of state was snubbed by an Egyptian youth-group coalition during her visit to Cairo this week, because the coalition felt that the U.S. didn’t support the protest movement quickly enough.
And the Daily points out how close Clinton has grown to the Libyan opposition movement, even allowing the former members of the Libyan Embassy to work out of offices in the State Department. If that’s any indication of where her sympathies lie, then she’s sure to be fuming over Obama’s nonchalance on the issue.