Inside Story
Is the West being drawn into a long war?
As the US deploys drones to Libya, we ask if America's role in the conflict is widening.
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2011 09:00

The US is deploying drones to the skies above Libya in a move Barack Obama says is intended to protect civilians, but which others have called mission creep. It is the very aircraft causing such controversy in Pakistan.

The deployment marks a widening role for the US in the conflict, despite White House assertions to the contrary - and John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the UN, has blasted Obama over the move.

Is the West getting drawn into another long war? And can the deadlock in Libya be broken?

Inside Story discusses with guests: Mounzer Sleiman, a national security affairs analyst at the Centre for American and Arab Studies; Guma El Gamaty, the UK representative of the Transitional National Council; and David Mack, a former US diplomat to Libya.

This episode of Inside Story aired on Friday, April 22, 2011.

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