Defense Secretary Robert Gates predicts Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi will eventually give in to economic and political pressures and be forced out. Gates made the remarks before a House hearing on Libya this morning. Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told the same congressional committee today Gaddafi’s military capabilities have been significantly degraded. Gates is getting a lot of questions about whether the US will arm Libyan rebels – he says they need training and organization – he says it’s like ‘a pick up game” there, and that the US shouldn’t be the ones to train the rebels.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the role of the CIA in Libya is to gather information for policy makers. Republican Mike Rogers of Michigan says Washington is a long way from deciding whether or not to arm the Libyan rebels. Rogers, who has been against giving the rebels weapons, says there are still too many unanswered questions about who is in control. He’s hoping the CIA can provide some direction for policy makers to make an informed decision.