WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee says Moammar Gadhafi's military forces have been seriously degraded and his political standing weakened.
Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan made the comments Friday after he emerged from a classified briefing by senior Pentagon officials. Levin dismissed suggestions that the months-long civil war is a stalemate as Gadhafi remains in power with a vow to fight to the death.
Levin said it's not a stalemate because Gadhafi has been weakened. Levin said administration officials offered no predictions on how long the war will last or when Gadhafi might go. He said NATO helicopters, likely British and French, have been taking out tanks without collateral damage.
Congressional Democrats and Republicans have been pressing the Obama administration for details on the operation.