Excerpted from Gingrich Was for Libyan Airstrikes Before He Was Against Them
By Elspeth Reeve, National Journal
, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | 2:52 p.m.
n March 7 Newt Gingrich insisted on airstrikes in Libya. Sixteen days later, the Republican presidential candidate says he would have never intervened. Think Progress' George Zornick
caught the conflicting TV interviews. In his earlier statement, Gingrich says he would "Exercise a no-fly zone this evening, communicate to the Libyan military that Gadhafi was gone and that the sooner they switch sides, the more like they were to survive, provided help to the rebels to replace him."
And not only did he completely reverse his position on the no-fly zone, he flip-flopped on what would justify the bombing, Slate's Dave Weigel
notes. Humanitarian reasons are no longer good enough.
Here's Gingrich today, March 23: "The standard [Obama] has fallen back to of humanitarian intervention could apply to Sudan, to North Korea, to Zimbabwe, to Syria this week, to Yemen, to Bahrain. This isn't a serious standard. ... I would not have intervened. I think there were a lot of other ways to affect Qaddafi."