Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. has spent considerable time analyzing what could happen in Libya after Moammar Kadafi loses power, but he deferred to President Obama to outline the specifics of Washington’s potential role in the transition.
“A lot of it's been thought through,” said Biden, who is on a diplomatic tour of China, Mongolia and Japan. “Some of it’s a work in progress. And the president’s statement is pretty straightforward about everything from dealing with Kadafi, dealing with the opposition now in control, the basic standards we want to set.”
Aboard Air Force Two en route to Tokyo on Monday night, Biden said he has been in touch with the National Security Council and his staff regarding “the progress, what’s going on, where things are. But I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and talk with our folks. And the president’s already made a statement that I read. So for me to go beyond the statement at this point would be imprudent.”
Obama on Sunday night called for Kadafi to acknowledge that his government is out of power, and the president reiterated that the U.S. has recognized the Transitional National Council as the “legitimate governing authority in Libya.”