‘the un-bush’

David Ignatius (Washington Post): Many Americans – and Arabs, too, for that matter – have a visceral sense that if there’s a war in the Middle East, the United States must be in the vanguard. I’m glad that’s not the case this weekend with the Libyan intervention. Americans should be happy to let France and Britain, who live in the neighborhood, take the lead.

President Obama is turning a page, by letting other nations take the first whacks at Moammar Gaddafi, no question about that. But that strikes me as good strategy, not a feckless blunder.

What’s increasingly clear watching the play of events over the past week is that Obama really does want to change the narrative about America and the Arab world – even at the cost of being criticized as vacillating and weak-willed. He senses (rightly, in my view) that over the past several decades America, without really intending to, became a post-colonial power in the Middle East. The narrative of American military intervention stretches from Lebanon to Iraq to Afghanistan, with the ghastly interlude of Sept. 11, 2001. Obama seems determined to break with it. He really is the un-Bush.

The administration has gotten criticized for changing course on Libya over the past week – resisting intervention and then supporting it. But the essential point, it seems to me, is that Obama was prepared to intervene only when it was clear there was an international consensus – with the Arab League and then the United Nations voting for action. That strikes me as the proper ordering of things, especially at a time when America still has big armies in two other Muslim countries…

…This Libya war may be messy and confusing, and it certainly won’t be what Pentagon planners would do if they could dictate matters. But that’s the point: America won’t be the writing this script on its own. And that’s a good thing.

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14 Responses to “‘the un-bush’”

  1. 1 Tulips
    March 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I love this guy and always look for opinion. He hit the nail. Very dissappointed in the democrats.

  2. 2 Fred
    March 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

    the right and PL can both go to hell for all that I care.They both suck 😡

    • 3 Dorothy Rissman
      March 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      I’m with you Fred. They are a worthless crew of elitist complainers. They just want to show us how superior they are too Obama. Good luck with that you losers.

  3. 4 Jessica
    March 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I’m really curious to see how France handles this. They have a reputation of being weak fighters, I wonder if they’ll come out strong.

  4. 5 anniebella
    March 21, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    First they got on the President case because nothing was done to help the rebels, now that something has been done to help the people, everyone is running their big mouth, lefties and righties. I don’t think the President decided to go into this without any concern. It was a tough decision for him I’m sure. I am so darn sick of the media.

    • 6 Asher in Boston
      March 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      I hear you anniebella. These creatures really make me mad, mostly the sore losers from the Left. They were practically mute during the Bush years now with Prez. Obama, they all of a sudden find their voice. Disgusting losers.

  5. 7 Jessica
    March 21, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    The American people will get over this because they know this is a tough but necessary decision just like the tax compromise. Obama can take the hits he’s tough.

  6. March 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    It really doesn’t matter what our President does. For some, it will be wrong. It is their own sick way of validating themselves and does nothing for the Democratic Party or the United States. I dare them to walk a mile in the President’s shoes. They could not handle the heat.

    • 9 Roberta in MN
      March 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Amen to all of your comments.

      • 10 Dorothy Rissman
        March 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

        I will second that Jackie. They are a bunch of adults who never grew up. They have no idea of the difficulty of the work that needs to be done. Truth is, they really don’t even care, they just want to whine so others will listen to them. Speaking of which, I am not ever attending a Michael Moore film. Talk about a loser.

  7. 11 anniebella
    March 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    As I said the America media sat there and reported that Gaddafi said that the coaliton U.S., France, England, Canada, Italy and others were killing women and children. Then they said that we can’t confirm this information. My question is how do we know that they weren’t dead bodies of people who Gaddafi had killed. These same media folks have reported over and over that Gaddafi have killed innocent people, that he was crazy, he has said that he will show no one any mercy. But yet this so call media of ours will sit before the cameras and spread Gaddafi B.S. I bet any bodies shown were people who died from the hands of Gaddafi followers, his puppets. Do I expect the Cable media to be supporters of the President, to be in his hip pocket. No, I don’t, but I expect them to be fair, and tell the truth. If they know what that is. Or care what that is.

    • 12 Dorothy Rissman
      March 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      anniebella, I have a question. I have not seen any numbers in terms of protesters being killed since this all began. Do you have any idea? Do any of you know?

  8. 13 DoNoHarm
    March 21, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    From liberal interventionism, “shoot first, ask questions later,” to humanitarian intervention. There’s a good article on Bush/Blair’s way of doing things, cowboy civility vs. honor and integrity.
    See: http://www.theyorker.co.uk/news/politics/6782. Working through the UN should strengthen that body; as the world gets smaller (and more dangerous) there must be an avenue to address worldwide issues of health, energy, etc. And hooray to France for joining in. Roosevelt and Churchill-my way or the doorway– did not treat DeGaulle well at all. Maybe this will be a bridge builder.

  9. 14 anniebella
    March 22, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Dorthy Rissman…..How would anyone know how many have been killed, remember who we are talking about. This is not a free and open society. It is a country who have been rule by an crazy evil ruler for forty years. And what gets out for anyone from the outside world to see is what Gaddafi wants to get out. He controls the media , remember. So how many have been killed I don’t know. But Gaddafi and his sons have promised they would show no mercy.

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