Gingrich in Iowa says Obama floundering on Libya

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Posted: Mar 25, 2011 5:07 PM
Gingrich in Iowa says Obama floundering on Libya

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich says he believes President Barack Obama is floundering in his handling of the air assaults in Libya.

Gingrich says the situation is "nonsense" and "a mess."

The Republican spoke Friday while taping an episode of Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" program to air this weekend. Gingrich also accused Obama of going to war without having a real consultation with Congress.

But Gingrich himself has wavered on Libya. Two weeks ago, he criticized Obama for not being more forceful in leading an international campaign to destroy Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's air defenses and save rebels from defeat.

Then Wednesday, he backtracked and said he wouldn't have intervened if he'd been president.

Gingrich says he'll likely make a decision about a presidential bid in five weeks.