pigs just flew …. gopolitico praised the president

Ben Smith (GOPolitico): The fall of Tripoli is a foreign policy triumph for which President Barack Obama won’t hold a ticker-tape parade: no flight suit, no chest-thumping, no “Mission Accomplished” banner.

But the low-profile, inexpensive ouster of Col. Muammar Qadhafi marks an important milestone for the administration, foreign policy analysts say – perhaps the most concrete evidence that the more modest American foreign policy approach that has become Obama’s hallmark and perhaps his biggest area of contrast with his more interventionist predecessor might actually work.

….. the scenes of celebration in Tripoli make it difficult to argue with Obama’s methods. And at a moment of fiscal obsession, Qadhafi was deposed on the cheap … the equivalent of a few days of involvement in Afghanistan…

… it is vindication for an important set of ideas that Obama espoused as a candidate: that the United States can still lead while talking and walking more softly and letting allies, particularly the Europeans, take the starring role.

“We need to give the Obama administration credit for finding a way, taking the long view, resisting the pressure to do too much to soon, resisting the old approaches which would have had the U.S. far more involved than it could have or should have been and really blazing a trail for the future of U.S. foreign policy,” said David Rothkopf, a former Clinton administration national security official.

… The White House was loath to claim victory however – both because the rolling Arab Spring has repeatedly demonstrated that a revolution is only the beginning and because the nature of Obama’s strategy is to avoid American claims of credit.

…. “I don’t think this is the time to say to the president, ‘You’re a genius,’ but it is a time for those Obama haters to admit the guy made the right call under a tough set of circumstances,” said Aaron David Miller, a former State Department official…


But it’s still a right-wing rag 😉

46 Responses to “pigs just flew …. gopolitico praised the president”

  1. 1 collegekay
    August 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    That’s our man. I find it desperate how McCain/Graham tried to criticize him for not acting fast enough.

    Kinda OT but not really: there are so many ways to spell Gadafi.

    • 2 Walking_on_ Sunshine
      August 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      I’m very glad there are so many ways to spell it because it saves me the trouble of looking it up every time.

  2. 8 jacquelineoboomer
    August 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Wow. I still won’t refer to Politico much, but I enjoyed the first couple of paragraphs of this story (the only ones I dared read, because I expected a “but … “)

    I toast the leader of the free world!

  3. 9 Fred
    August 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    won’t stay long as I got back from procedure about an hour ago but have a field day with this one.Before I go to bed I need to say this to Jennifer.bitch you ain’t qualified to shine the shoes of Frederick Carlton Lewis! 🙄

    NJ GOP lawmaker quit over wife’s Carl Lewis email

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A freshman Republican lawmaker resigned because his wife sent “an offensive and racist” email to the Democratic state Senate campaign of nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, a GOP official acknowledged Monday.

    Pat Delany stepped down from the state Assembly this month and said he wouldn’t seek a full term in November because of his wife’s missive to Lewis’ campaign, Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill Layton said. Delany originally cited an unspecified family issue as the reason for his abrupt resignation.

    Delany and his wife, Jennifer Delany, are white. Lewis, a political novice who’s among the greatest athletes of all time, is black.

    Jennifer Delany’s email to Lewis’ campaign said, in part, “Imagine having dark skin and name recognition and the nerve to think that equaled knowing something about politics.”

    Layton said Pat Delany decided to leave office to shield his three children from “a hurtful and embarrassing public spectacle involving their mother.”

    “Former Assemblyman Pat Delany’s wife inexplicably sent an offensive and racist email in response to a routine email from Carl Lewis’ campaign; her actions were inexcusable,” Layton said.

    Delany said in a statement that he and his wife don’t share the same racial views. He said he was sorry.

    “On behalf of my family, we sincerely apologize to Mr. Lewis for any pain this caused him,” he said.

    Neither the Delanys nor Lewis could be reached by telephone for comment Monday.

    Lewis is running for state Senate in New Jersey’s 8th Legislative District. Delany was part of the opposing GOP Assembly slate in the district.

    Lewis and Republicans have been fighting over whether he meets the state’s four-year residency requirement for state Senate candidates. He grew up in Willingboro, a middle-class town between Philadelphia and Trenton, but recently has lived in California, where he owns a home.

    He went to Texas for college and in 1984 moved from track star to celebrity when he won four gold medals at the Los Angeles Olympics. Over the next 12 years, he would collect five more golds at the Olympics.

    New Jersey’s top elections official, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, ruled Lewis ineligible to run for office this spring, and this month she declined to certify his name for the November ballot.

    Lewis, 50, challenged the ruling in federal and state courts.

    A federal appeals court allowed Lewis’ name to appear on June primary ballots, and he won his party’s nomination with 2,418 votes in an uncontested race. Republican Sen. Dawn Addiego won her uncontested party primary with 4,350 votes, and the two would face off in the GOP-leaning district in November, if the courts allow.

    Lewis contends he moved back to New Jersey in 2005, when he bought homes for himself and his mother. He has been a volunteer high school track coach since 2007 and has had a valid New Jersey driver’s license since 2006.

    However, records show that he voted in California through 2009, which Republicans contend made him a legal resident of that state.

    Lewis exhausted his appeals in state court when the New Jersey Supreme Court declined to hear the case. The issue before the federal court is whether the state’s residency requirement for state Senate candidates violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment as applied to Lewis.

    Lewis contends that he knows the issues facing the district and that voters know who he is.


    • 10 JoJothecat
      August 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      I must say, that was pretty big of that congressman to resign over the actions of his wife to protect his children. It will send a powerful message to his children and other that being nasty is not cool and when someone does it there are consequences.

      • 11 jacquelineoboomer
        August 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

        I agree, and – in keeping with the “pigs just flew” theme of this thread, Burlington County [NJ] Republican Committee Chair Bill Layton (who first agreed to let Delany leave without mentioning the email, because Delany wanted to protect his family) said: “At the same time, I was very clear with Pat from the beginning that if he chose to stay on the ballot, the Burlington County Republican Party would have withdrawn our support … The Burlington County Republican Party has a proud tradition of being the most inclusive, diverse Republican organization in the state and it’s something we are extremely proud of. On behalf of the party, I offer Mr. Lewis our apologies for any pain this issue may cause him or his family, and we stand with all Burlington County residents who believe this kind of language has no place in society or in public discourse.”

        Also, in a laudatory “rise above it” move, Carl Lewis’ campaign staff was quoted as saying this: “We are in receipt of the email, but right now our focus is on campaigning … It’s something we don’t want to give any comment on. We are focused on the campaign. We’re knocking on doors and we’ve been encouraged by the response of thousands of people to Carl Lewis.”


    • 12 MTmarilyn
      August 22, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      WOW, people still amaze me. I admire Lewis for sticking to it.

      Fred you have been missed. Hope you get better.

      • 13 HZ
        August 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

        Yes, thanks for this information, Fred. However,, please take time to rest now ,especially just after completing your medical procedure. You know I know how we are(you and I) we still stay in the fight for the good of all of us. But we also love you too much for you to not to relax and get some rest. Be well my dear family member, and get some rest. Love you back so very much, HZ

    • August 22, 2011 at 9:04 pm

      Go Carl Lewis. Brush off the racists and onward,forward! Ah yes, Willingboro,New Jerse-, a sleeper town 40 minutes from Philly. Lived and loved there while at Temple University.!

  4. 15 Me4obama
    August 22, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Well let’s all be calm but things are not looking good for the rebels. Did they LIE about capturing Qaddafi’s sons because twitter is buzzing that al Saif was seen and gave a press conference. I hope my President was duped to look bad. Let’s all not freak out for the sake of our President.

    • 16 hopefruit2
      August 22, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      There will ALWAYS be rumors at times like these.
      After Bin Laden was killed there were rumors that he was still alive. Unless I see footage of Saif giving a press conference and the video is dated after Sunday, I will not believe any of the rumors.

      • 17 Me4obama
        August 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

        Wellntune in to Andersoncooper he is celebrating in the streets and the CNN reporter is saying he touched him and felt him. So weird but he looks scared

        • 18 Me4obama
          August 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm

          Sorry I meant tune in to Anderson Cooper Now.

        • 19 hopefruit2
          August 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

          I’m not clear…is Saif celebrating in the streets? Maybe he was caught and released? Why would he be in the streets celebrating with the people?

          • 20 Me4obama
            August 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

            Am confused too. May be it’s part of the propaganda. I will wait a couple of days and see what unfolds. Patience is needed in situations like this.

            • 21 dotster
              August 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

              There is unsettling news. Cnn reporter, Mathew Chance, talked to the son, Saif, where they’re holed up at Rixos Hote. hmmmm. Rebel leaders said they had custody of all 3 sons at one point but Muhammad escaped. Now Saif appears. I wonder what the real truth is here. Saif told Chance his whole family is fine and no one is in custody and that they are in control of Tripoli. Now somebody Aslan on CNN says there may be some problems with the truth telling here, but the end is near for Gadhafi, at best he only controls a few neighborhoods in Tripoli. Don’t like the spin or lies or whatever is going on though. Don’t tell the world you have captured someone unless you have.

    • 22 majii
      August 22, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      This is from the FB site Libyan Youth Movement. Many of the members actually live in Libya, and this was reported earlier:

      Libyan Youth Movement

      “Mussa ‘liar’ Ibrahim claims the freedom fighters did not catch Saif al Islam. However the NTC confirm he is INDEED caught %100 #Libya”

      • 23 hopefruit2
        August 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

        it seems like Anderson Cooper is getting bogged down in minutia because he wants drama for ratings. Notice that in none of the President’s statements did he make any claims about the arrests of Gaddafi’s sons. That’s not particularly important in the grand scheme of things. Whether or not they are caught they are not going anywhere .

        • 24 jacquelineoboomer
          August 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

          Famous quote from ambulance chaser Anderson Cooper (from the 2006 Sago Mine disaster in W. Virginia):

          “We heard church bells ringing. We heard people yelling, screaming, clapping. A friend of one of the miners came over, crying, to tell us that he had heard and just been told in the church that 12 of them (miners) had been found alive.”

          So, he announced that 12 of 13 miners had survived. The problem is only one of the 13 survived; the other 12 perished.

          That’s the kind of quality “reporting” Anderson Cooper does … we need to watch what we hear from him in Libya.

        • 26 HZ
          August 22, 2011 at 10:14 pm

          Hopefruit2, Anderson not only want drama for ratings, Anderson Cooper needs drama for ratings. These people have no shame.

      • 27 StR
        August 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm

        Simple enough to post a picture if they did catch him just the same. How much that they’re reporting is hearsay?

      • August 23, 2011 at 12:21 am

        The situation is in flux. I do not think anyone should freak over rumors. It is very difficult for me to believe that anyone at the top level of the admin would make comments that were not clarified at that point.

    • 29 StR
      August 22, 2011 at 8:23 pm

      Did President Obama specifically mention that Saif was captured?

      Mohammed was sprung from house arrest today by Gadhafi loyalists. I did say in another thread that I would have waited to give a statement until Gadhafi was captured, killed or fled – because as long as he is free and has command of enough loyalists he can still make this a bloody quagmire for months and months. There is no doubt that the freedom fighters made huge gains in the last couple of days – now they have to hold them and keep on pushing forward.

      I didn’t really buy the idea that the son was caught dressed like a woman – that seemed like propaganda to me. Remember these fighters are largely civilians and the reports are first hand twitter accounts.

      • 30 hopefruit2
        August 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

        That’s exactly my point – the President never specifically mentioned Saif’s capture or any son of Gaddafi because those details are probably not the most important given the goals of the operation. Anderson Cooper seems to be breathlessly reporting that as if it’s such major thing – it isn’t. Methinks Anderson may be a bit nostalgic and is trying to create the drama of Haitian earthquake back in January 2010.

      • 31 Me4obama
        August 22, 2011 at 8:30 pm

        You know how our Media is so impatient, soon they will want to go back to covering the teaparty and Rick Perry where obama bashing gives them more satisfaction. The president’s speech was very carefully written but it’s the damn media that would rather have drama than results. Keep hope alive for the Libyan people.

      • 32 FactPlus
        August 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

        The rule of the brutal dictator Gadafi is over. Everything else that will happen does not change that. The transition is not going to be easy and probably there will be simmering resistance from Gahdafi loyalists for ,many months and even years to come. But the bottom line is that Gadafi is never going to rule Libya again.Bin Laden wasn’t brought back from the dead by the spinning and parsing of his death by those who always want to rain on the President’s work.

    • 33 HZ
      August 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

      Have we ever seen this President, Barack Obama carrying on like a drama queen? Why think of it now. I am relying on the words that will come forth from my President. Remember in a press conference, he told one lazy news person,”I like to know what I am talking about before I speak.” I think that just about cover it for me.

  5. 34 StR
    August 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    President Obama is community organizing the world. He’s empowering NATO, forcing the African Union members to stand up – both seem to have come over-reliant on America to be the World’s Police. He’s doing the same back home as well – congress seems to want President Obama to do all the work and they’re nothing more than rubber stamps. You still have Maxine Waters whining about lack of jobs bills – but how many did she author or get passed in the House? And then you look to the State level – Wisconsin and Ohio efforts wouldn’t have been as successful if they did nothing except whine for President Obama to come, and would have lost a lot of the GOP Union member votes/signatures.

    If they want to organize against Obama to make him do something from the left – good, do it. Because when it comes down to it in November 2012, these folks are all going to vote for President Obama. You can’t be politically active in organizing for your cause and then choose not to vote when the choice will be stark.

  6. 35 utaustinliberal
    August 22, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    So Ben Smith finally stopped smoking the tea (Howard Dean’s phrase) and gave credit to President Obama. I still think he’s a jackass. He’s the one who wrote that story about the Obama team using dogwhistle terms such as calling Romney “weird” and other nasty untrue filthy lies that is still being accepted as truth by the lazy msm.

  7. 38 Sue in Minnesota
    August 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    The Wh spokesperson may not think it’s time but I do, and I’ll say it, “President Obama you are a GENUIS” and I love you for everything you do.

    Obama/Biden 2012 Yes.We. Can and Yes.We.Will.

    • 39 HZ
      August 22, 2011 at 10:07 pm

      Yes, and we can say it for the WH. “We, the people say, President Obama, you are a GENIUS”, by the grace given you each and everyday, keeping being a GENIUS.HZ

  8. 40 Me4obama
    August 22, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Yup you are right Hopefruit2, Anderson Cooper is a drama Queen. He is quoting Al Saif’s word for word as if he should be trusted and called the Rebels Liars I have tuned him out. I don’t want to raise my blood pressure.

    • 41 jacquelineoboomer
      August 22, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      Anderson Cooper needs to go back to being Gloria Vanderbilt’s son, and leave the rest of us the hell alone.

  9. August 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    OK, I’ll say it:


  10. 44 JojoRaze
    August 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I have to agree with Politico that this was a war done well on the cheap. I read an interesting link from Foreign Policy that linked to the Council for Foreign Relations that basically said our involvement in Libya cost us $1 billion. Aid to Pakistan is $200 million per month.

    In comparison to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is not even close. I give major props to President Obama just for keeping the costs of this thing low. That is what happens when you ask you allies to actually put some skin in the game ) instead of acting like the lone police man on the block.



  11. August 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    YES He is. He plans for the best outcomes. He is the best educated problem
    Solver. Thank you for my President, the world has a lot of problems that are being solved.

  12. 46 lmrj
    August 23, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Regarding Anderson Cooper’s reports; I have been watching Al Jazeera English for updates. Enough said.

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