Future of post-Gaddafi Libya not up to U.S.: Gates

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Posted: Mar 31, 2011 3:50 PM
Future of post-Gaddafi Libya not up to U.S.: Gates

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States should not pursue nation building or seek to direct the future of a post-Muammar Gaddafi Libya, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday.

"I think that the last thing this country needs is another enterprise in nation building," Gates, who is expected to retire this summer, told a Senate hearing.

"My view is that the future of Libya -- the United States ought not take responsibility for that, frankly. I think there are other countries both in the region and our allies in Europe who can participate in the effort, particularly with nonlethal aid to the help the development of Libya."

"I just don't think we need to take on another one."