‘a brilliant diplomatic strategy’

The UK Guardian: If the Obama administration does nothing else, it will always compare favourably with Bush’s for its diplomacy over Libya

The New York Times called it “inconsistent”. The Wall Street Journal questioned whether “any direction” could be divined behind the decision. But in referring to America’s part in the attack on Libyan forces, the mainstream media is blind to what has been a brilliant diplomatic – and domestic – political strategy on the part of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

…Having learned the lessons of Iraq and countless other American boondoggles in the region, President Obama has played his hand deftly to avoid accusations of American imperialism and to project the optics of consensus. Today, as the United States engages once more in the Middle East, it does so with the imprimatur of a United Nations resolution and an impressive coalition of allies – not just George Bush’s “coalition of the willing” – but countries not usually associated with military intervention in the region, including France and the countries of the Arab League.

…President Obama has “played it cool” – refusing to cut short his trip to Latin America and emphasising that American action will be short (if committed). This is a far cry from the sort of chest-thumping bellicosity from the Oval Office we saw under Bush.

There are, of course, domestic politics at play here as well. America is tired of seeing its military in Iraq and Afghanistan, let alone getting involved in a new Middle Eastern conflict. But through diplomatic and strategic manoeuvering, President Obama has ensured that the United States is simply one nation among many engaging in the region, lifting some of the weight of history from the shoulders of the nation.

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36 Responses to “‘a brilliant diplomatic strategy’”

  1. March 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Michael Moore is a F*CKING PHONY or someone here got in his ear 😆

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @MMFlint: Note to Republicans & Iraq Invasion Supporters: Your attacks on Obama’s war are hypocritical, hollow, & obscene. Your wars have wrecked us.

    • 2 Theo67
      March 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm

      Rachel needs to bring back that segment about Republicans having no shame – but she needs to widen the scope. There are plenty of Democrats who have no shame, either…

      • 3 Sue in Minnesota
        March 22, 2011 at 12:23 am

        If she did challenge her compadres face to face, it would enhance her credibility and professional integrity IMO.
        But I don’t have a sense that she will with the likes of Greenwald, Rich, Hamsher et al, mostly because I don’t recall that she ever has in the past.

        I respect her, I don’t always agree with her, and sometimes I think she loses her objectivity. On occassion, I have felt like she was attacking President Obama to feed an ego-centric need, which really offends me. But on the whole, she is someone I turn to (via the internet, I quit watching her cable show during the lead up to the repeal of DADT), in the wake of the dysfunction that is our MSM.

  2. 6 CTGirl
    March 22, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Chess v. Checkers.

  3. 8 anniebella
    March 22, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Theo67….How true…. How true.. I am ashame to call myself a Democrat.

    • 9 Soldier*1
      March 22, 2011 at 1:24 am

      I am leaning towards being independent now since both left and right get on my damn nerves with their ideology over getting anything done.

      • 10 majii
        March 22, 2011 at 2:06 am

        I refuse to let them encourage/force me to change my political affiliation in any way. I’m a democrat because I support PBO and I adhere to democratic principles, and nothing the PL, the fickle dems in Congress, the faux conservatives, or the MSM say/do will make me change. If anyone should change, it should be them.

      • 12 LYNN
        March 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

        i have said the same thing too…the democrats showed their true colors during the lame duck session…I or my husband no longer want to remain dems…simply by the way they have treated this president!!!

    • 13 majii
      March 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

      I’m not, but what I am ashamed of is the idea that Moore, Greenwald, Hamsher, and others who are stroking their egos claim that they speak for me when they don’t.

  4. 14 BARBARA
    March 22, 2011 at 12:31 am

    The guy on Rachel Show tonight? Steve Clemmons from ‘The Washington Note’.
    I thought he was so perceptive and well spoken. Perhaps one for your blog

    • 15 Theo67
      March 22, 2011 at 12:54 am

      He was very good – I didn’t catch his name during the show. Thanks for providing it – he was very objective and fair.

    • 16 Dorothy Rissman
      March 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm

      I think Steve Clemmons is pretty friggin brilliant. He does not always agree with Obama, but he is never a sniper.

  5. March 22, 2011 at 12:56 am

    hehe..something or someone got to Mr. Moore, because he’s tweeting another tune

    From my twitter timeline:

    RT @MMFlint: Republicans hate Obama so much it’s turned them all into peacniks! Now THAT is a lot of hate! #RisforReverse

  6. 18 anniebella
    March 22, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Even if I’m not a Democrat any longer, I will continue to support President Obama.

  7. March 22, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I was really pissed at a segment on CNN yesterday with David Gergen. He just got me so mad. 😡

    Today however, while perusing the CNN site I found this:

    Interactive: CNN poll on Libya
    March 21, 2011 1:21 p.m. EDT

    Question: Do you favour our oppose the US and other countries attempting to establish a “no-fly zone” in Libya

    Results now –

    Favour:70% Oppose:27%

    I did not see them reporting this yesterday.


  8. 22 Mae who love our CIC
    March 22, 2011 at 3:54 am

    I just want to respond to changing your party affiliation. Really are you serious. Why should some ones opinion cause you to do such a thing. You need to examine your beliefs of what a true Democrat represents. Independent means you believe in democratic and republicans ideas. If so you are talking out of both corners of your mouth. Oh but you will support President Obama. That is saying nothing. It is a lack of maturity for allowing hypocrites to influence your change in your party affiliation.

    • 23 EDP4BHO
      March 22, 2011 at 8:52 am

      I am an Independent and will say I personally do not support rethug ideology. I think some folks such as myself, in defense of Independents, don’t like labeling and being taken for granted. Therefore, know us by our voting records, not any particular ideologies. I adhere basically to Democratic ideas and platforms, thus my very strong support for President Obama. I was on his wagon as soon as he announced and have been supporting him ever since. Both of the major parties have weaknesses that should be revealed and addressed to better the representatives’ performances as elected officials and recipients of our tax dollars.

      • 24 Dorothy Rissman
        March 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm

        EDP, I am not an independent. The point is that whether you are a D, I, or even R, all that matters is that we support PBO.

        I have always been a dem., but I have been pretty mad at the dems since the president was elected. They rarely stand up for him or praise him. A lot of those in the house and senate are constantly nipping the president’s heels.

      • 25 Sue in Minnesota
        March 22, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        EDP4BHO…I have come to believe the labels we use are as limiting as the emotional flame ups they inspire. We need to laser in on ideas,and make every effort to keep the pitfalls of drama out of our conversations. In general, we as Americans are engaging in precious few serious and purposeful discussions. Addicted to drama, we are feeding into the controversey and conflict that our MSM loves to instigate and enrage. Additionally, from my perspective, Americans in general, are resistant to reality. Reality doesn’t change despite our attempts to ignore, obscure or reinvent it.

        A while back, frustrated with my own lack of skill in political discussions to circumvent the emotional, I had something of an ephiphany that has helped me since. Having personally benefitted from therapy, I began analysing the mechanics of that process, and have taken a similar approach. It’s helped me alot, as long as I stay invested in the thought process and not insistant on a conclusion. Essentially, I assume the role a therapist would play in guiding the direction of the conversation through questions. Answers both reveal, and guide the course of questioning. I’ve managed to have some very revealing and insightful discussions, although sometimes the knot in my stomach would belie my outward demeanor. Because I am so emotionally wired, and acutely sensitive, this approach is working for me. Some people are designed for argument and debate…..that is not part of my DNA. However we do it, we need to get beyond the emotional and manipulated noise we are at large engaging in.

        • 26 V C prezOfan2
          March 22, 2011 at 3:19 pm

          Sue, I’m walking a similar path because I’m so tired of the drama and flareups. I’m not of a sensitive nature, but I no longer have the least desire to expend energy on the sayings and doings of these political types who are inherently dishonest, selfish(read as ‘unpatriotic’) and greedy. As someone said over at BWD’s a few weeks ago, a good way to respond to each verbal ‘bomb’ is to ask yourself if it will matter in six weeks. Since I’ve decided that most of them won’t matter I choose to close them out. Write/phone these jokers by all means and calmly point out facts, educate those we come in contact with where possible, but save righteous anger and fighting energy for when it matters – the canvassing, campaign and 2012 elections.

          For me, I’m trying to keep my eyes on the steady, purposeful figure, and goals, of the President. Since 2007, the opposition(republican or democratic), throwing its ‘bombs’, has changed its front person continuously, but the President hasn’t changed. They have criticized, thrown obstacles in his way, insulted him, denied him respect, etc. etc. and each time he has smiled at them (commiseratingly?), stepped around or over their garbage and continued with quiet determination. We need only look back on some of the wonderful videos that Chipsticks posts here to see a principled man with a vision and a mission who hasn’t changed. They just do NOT compare!

          Oh, that we would follow POTUS’ example and CONTINUE to put OUR energies into a plan of action that is guaranteed to give him the time he needs in office! I really don’t know when it dawned on me, but one day I realized that each time I let them rile me I was showing a lack of faith in a man I truly trusted. They haven’t been able to stop this man yet, so I have stopped letting them fluster me. I’ve DECIDED that the only time I’ll be upset is if he does not win in 2012. IMO, that would be the only way their hypocrisy would have meaning.

  9. 27 EveryDayPeople
    March 22, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Good morning all,

    This is my first time commenting. Like others before me, I have enjoyed the wealth of articles, pictures and videos offered by ChipSticks. CS, your efforts and diligence are greatly appreciated. I enjoy the insight, perspective and opinions offered by you and others. Thank you for providing an outstanding website.

    Hotep and Blessings,


    • 28 EDP4BHO
      March 22, 2011 at 8:54 am

      Hello and welcome. The more the merrier. This site is bangin for sure 😀

    • 29 Dorothy Rissman
      March 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      I join EPD in saying howdy Everyday.

      • 30 EveryDayPeople
        March 22, 2011 at 4:02 pm


        Thank you for the warm welcome. I have read the comments that each and everyone of you have left frequently. One of the most enjoyable benefits of coming to this site is the insight and support that PBO enjoys. I’m sure there are many other websites and individuals that share our admiratrion and pride for PBO. However, for several weeks now, I find myself inspired and my awareness and knowledge enhanced from reading the articles and comments that are offered. This is reassuring, because I know that achieving a second term will be challenging. I believe he will preservere, and, as I am learning myself, challenges are an opportunnity to excel. The way we respond to them speaks volumes about are character and principals, which I believe PBO has limitless amounts of.

        Hotep and Blessings,


  10. 31 Andogriff
    March 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Thanks for this great article, Ms Chips, I passed it along to my mailing list! Great to see the polls are positive, and at least a few people in the country are behaving intelligently.

  11. 32 Audrey
    March 22, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I trust President Obama implicitly! I trust his head, his heart and his mind! May God continue to bless, protect and defend my extraordinary President and his beautiful family, Amen!

  12. 33 Shirley
    March 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

    Chips, I know that I’m late in responding, I get sleepy early In the evening, you know like 9 o’ clock at nite, so I end up getting my mail on the next day. However, I would like to say that, when we think of PBO’s education alone, He taught Constutional law, that right there, tells me that he knows how to do things legally and what he’s doing. This Is a sign of pure Jealousy, and Racism. Senator Dennis K mentions the word IMPEACH????? Wowwwwwww some of our Democrats or killing Us. Now “THAT”, really made me angry 😦 Yeah, Rachel Maddow was dead on top of It last night.

  13. 34 Fred
    March 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

    fark Michael Moore and Dennis Kucinich 😡

    good morning everyone 😀

    as for President Obama;I have complete trust in you

    God please keep the Obama family and the Administration;our Country safe and God please guide their decisions today and this week

  14. 35 anniebella
    March 22, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Donna…David Gergen is another one of those who love to sit up there on that Cable show like he knows everything and attack the President. I’ve stop listening to his know it all B.S. Excuse the language, please.

  15. 36 Asher in Boston
    March 22, 2011 at 11:56 am

    No surprise there that the foreign media gets it unlike the US lamestream media. To Gergen, go play bingo.

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