‘a new era in u.s. foreign policy’

President Obama holding a copy of Fareed Zakaria’s “The Post-American World”, 2008.

Fareed Zakaria (CNN): Back in March, many neoconservatives in Washington were extremely dismissive of the way President Obama was handling the intervention in Libya. They argued that he was doing too little and acting too late – that his approach was too multilateral and lacked cohesiveness. They continuously criticized President Obama for, in the words of an anonymous White House advisor, “leading from behind.”

But now that these critics are confronted with the success of the Libya operation, they are changing their tune and claiming paternity of the operation. They are further arguing that if their advice had been heeded, the intervention in Libya would have been swifter and even more successful. But the Libya intervention is so significant precisely because it did not follow the traditional pattern of U.S.-led interventions. Indeed, it launched a new era in U.S. foreign policy.

…. It is important to emphasize that even though it was a “supporting role,” the U.S. was indispensable to the operation. Nobody else could have eliminated Gadhafi’s air defenses – and, effectively, his air force – within three days. Without America, the operation in Libya could not have taken place. But the U.S. was also “supporting” in the sense that after these initial strikes, it moved into the background and asked its NATO partners to do the heavy lifting. Thereafter, the U.S. intervened only when it felt it needed to. All of this suggests a very different model for intervention, which I believe is a vast improvement over the old, expansive and expensive model.

… The question before Libya was: Could such interventions be successful while keeping costs under control – both human and financial.

Today’s answer is: Yes.

Full article here

Thank you Dorothy

28 Responses to “‘a new era in u.s. foreign policy’”

  1. 1 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Thank you Fareed for being a sane voice in the media and at least giving some credit to the smart diplomacy that is President Obama’s foreign policy style.

    • 2 ChristiMtl
      August 24, 2011 at 6:45 pm

      He’s so knowledgeable, intelligent. He knows what he’s talking about.

      Compare lets say by what is qualify as ”expert” in foreign policy by the media, John McCain. His world views are scary and he’s so incredibly dumb. Just a war monger.

    • 3 HZ
      August 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Dorothy. The book that is in this photo, UT by Fareed is an excellent read. I saw the President with the book in his hand, and I immediately ordered it, and I must say it is great. I started keeping up with what the President likes to read after reading a great book about him. So when I hear of the books that he is reading, I purchase them and read them. In fact, I just received two that I ordered last week that has been reported that he is reading: Ward Just,:Rodin’s Debutante, a novel;( Ward Just lives on MV, it is reported; and another one that has been reported that the President is reading is :The Bayou Trilogy,by: daniel Woodrell. I am elated. I like to know what are some of his interests in books. Usually, very smart Presidents read a lot of great books. Just a note of sharing with my family. Plus, I really love to read.HZ

    • 5 nathkatun7
      August 25, 2011 at 1:30 am

      Fareed is amazing! He really has no equal when it comes to rational analysis of U.S. foreign Policy, especially as it relates to Africa, the Middle East and West Asia. IMO, President Obama did the right thing of employing U.S. military Power in supportive role rather than being the leader to ouster the Qaddafi regime. Libyan liberation fighters own the revolt against Qaddafi, just like the Patriots, during the American war of Independence (a.k.a the American Revolution) owned the revolt against England, despite the crucial support they received from France

    • 7 utaustinliberal
      August 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm

      Thanks for this Sue. I’m glad the Pentagon was able to secure Gaddafi’s stockpile of chemical weapons including 10 tons of mustard gas. I hope they are able to secure the rest of the ammunitions. If this is leading from behind; President Obama: WE WANT MORE.

      ps: Just tweeted it.

  2. 8 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Further evidence of the impact of President Obama’s major transformation of US foreign policy:

    EU imposes new sanctions on Iran, Syria

    It accuses the Quds Force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard of providing support to Syrian forces seeking to quell the uprising against President Bashar Assad.


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  3. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Rev. Al has a great show on tonight. He’s back to being totally relaxed in front of the camera (even joked the Republicans are hitting him on how adept he may or may not be with the teleprompter). Totally supportive of PBO.

    Anybody who’s seen the show and wants to send him an encouraging tweet, here ya go (if needed):


    • 10 Me4obama
      August 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      I did Jacque. He keeps to impress me everyday. Thank you Rev Al.

    • August 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      He made it clear to Rep. Cleaver that it is not prudent to bash the president just for the sake of bashing, and Cleaver agreed with him. Cleaver also said that the CBC supports PBO. I think Conyes and Waters did not get the memo. Rev. Al also called out the media and pundits for looking for things he and others say to paint PBO in a bad light.

      • 13 ChristiMtl
        August 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

        It was priceless!! Did you see his face? He laughed nervously.

        Rev. Al is no fool, he put him in his place.

  4. 14 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Nice photo of our Joe (surrounded by many happy faces) in Japan today, from the Defense Department website:

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden poses for a photo with troops at the Taiyo Community Center, Yokota Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24, 2011. About 1,000 service members from the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard attended the vice president’s speech in which he thanked them for their efforts during the humanitarian operation after the March 11, 2011, earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck northeastern Japan. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stacy Moless

  5. 17 CTGirl
    August 24, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I like the pic that went with the piece, America is back on a pedestal, after the bush years where our flag was burned and spat upon.

  6. 18 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    dmzagi @ AJE Just now

    “A view of the battle for Tripoli …….

    The lightning advance of rebel forces into the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Sunday took everyone by surprise, not least the rebels themselves.
    It has led some to think that it was all too easy, and despite the storming of the Bab al-Aziziya compound on Tuesday, it is clear that the battle for the city is still not over.

    The groundwork for the advance into Tripoli was laid the night before the attack, as residents across the capital came out under cover of darkness in response to calls issued over mosque loudspeakers.

    At this stage, the so-called “Operation Mermaid Dawn” was largely unarmed, yet residents managed to seal off entire districts.
    They captured some of Col Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and occupied the rest, leaving the door open for the better-armed opposition fighters from nearby Zawiya to stream in.

    Snipers and booby-traps

    The task now for the rebel forces is to enter and stabilise those districts of Tripoli still under the control of Gaddafi loyalists.
    Currently, they control the working class districts of al-Hadhba and Abu Salim to the south of the city, and parts of the airport road.

    In Abu Salim, snipers have taken up positions in high buildings. It seems as though the loyalists still have access to heavy weaponry, such as Grad missiles and anti-aircraft guns

    There were reports of mortars being fired at Bab al-Aziziya, after it fell into opposition hands, from the Nasser Forest behind the Rixos Hotel, where foreign journalists were held for several days.

    Rebel sources say that buildings have been booby-trapped and that drinking water may have been poisoned. However, the loyalists face opposition in Tripoli which is getting stronger by the day.

    Battle-hardened fighters from the Western Mountains are better equipped than they have ever been thanks to the Khamis Brigade’s huge arsenal, which is now in their hands.

    Just as significant is the arrival of hundreds of fighters by land and sea from the city of Misrata.

    They successfully withstood a siege of their city by two of Col Gaddafi’s best battalions for four months, and have become experts in street-by-street urban warfare and counter-sniper operations.

    It is likely that they will be doing most of the urban fighting in the densely populated Abu Salim area.

    Pockets of resistance

    The rebel fighters are equipped with truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, missile launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and, most importantly, sky-high morale after the fall of Bab al-Aziziya”

    From someone who knows of what he writes …


  7. 19 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    @dovenews Libyan™
    #Misrata, #Bani #Waleed & #Tawargha’s #FF have found 450 hidden tanks in good condition.
    #Libya #feb17 via @fcukruna


  8. 20 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    dmzagi 3 minutes ago

    “Read this then dry your eyes as I did ………pure poetry on a sad yet memorable day ……..

    Mohammed NabbousThe face of free Libyan voicesEpic Libyan ManLoving HusbandMaster of CharadesIt is five months today since his passing, yet his legacy continues.I have always known Mohammed to be a loving husband; a man with a big heart, a brilliant sense of humour, and a serious competitive streak when playing charades. I’ll never forget when he shouted ‘How the hell have you not seen Armageddon!’ Brilliant memories we will forever carry. February 17th brought out a whole new side of him one I have not seen before. I remember his first appearance on Aljazeera. I was on the phone with his wife, Perditta, while the city of Benghazi was in complete and utter chaos. Deaths were mounting by the minute, hospitals were being overloaded, and people began realising this protest has become a massacre of innocents. I couldn’t believe what Perditta was saying. ‘Rukaya, what you see on the news is nothing’, her voice still ringing in my ears.I was in complete disbelief.Moments later, Mohammed is on Aljazeera. And our phones were going off like crazy.‘Did you see him?’‘Was that him?’‘Did he say his full name?!’He did.He broke the barrier surrounding Libyans. This was the first time any Libyan had the courage to speak. We were all worried for him, his family; a part of us saluted him and the courage he displayed, and this strength allowed others to follow. We shed tears and reality set in. This was real, it was happening, and it was beautiful. Every passing hour, new people would ring into Aljazeera, speaking from the bottom of their hearts, venting from 42 years of oppression.Can you believe it? 42 years of hidden anger, 42 years of injustice and no voice to speak of it. Libyan life was a farce, and Gaddafi’s mocking speeches of liberty only reinforced it all. Libyan life was a theatre production.But finally, people were speaking out in public without fear. This was when Gaddafi began to lose.As this was occurring, the residents Tripoli roam the streets like it were any other day. Daily life is portrayed as normal, traffic’s down in Girgaresh, kids at school, markets buzzing with life. The atmosphere in our homes, workplaces was anything but normal. Facebook was blocked, as well as YouTube. Everyone relied on Mohammed’s live stream, watching and waiting for news and updates to come in.The internet was cut off. Phone lines to Benghazi were cut too. We were trapped in Tripoli, eagerly anticipating his next appearance on Aljazeera, Euronews, France 24, or any other station.Benghazi was getting worse, and the world was witnessing it. The word was spreading like wildfire, and Mohammed was in the centre of it all. Everyday, more broadcasting new came from Benghazi, videos, phone calls. The courthouse cameras, the Libya Al-Hurra team filming footage every chance they got. Everyone was hungry for more, Mohammed lit the flame, and it was spreading wildly through Benghazi. Surreal. The world was debating us. Tripoli was watching the world decide its fate, Benghazi’s fate. Emergency UN Security Council meetings day by day, defections, statements, ‘Gaddafi must go’, ‘Gaddafi must leave’, ‘Gaddafi needs to step down’. UNCHR announcing crimes, human rights, violation, massacre, bloodbath, death toll, it was escalating. These words in different sentences, different people speaking the atrocities. The deaths on screen, 1, 2, 10, 500, 1000. When one person dies, it’s a tragedy. When 10 people die, it’s horrifying. When 1000 people died, it became a statistic. We hoped and prayed.Resolution 1973.We spoke to family that day. It had been a while since we spoke to Perditta. Things were unclear, and Benghazi was about to face disaster. But there was a glimmer of hope; the resolution would save them, save them all. So we waited.But Benghazi had already faced a disaster. For a moment, that hope was halted. A moment we’ll never forget.The phone rings.Mohammed was shot.We sat there, in complete disbelief. Silent. The channels started rolling, breaking news. Mohammed Nabbous had passed away. There was no way to contact Benghazi. We sat, in complete and utter disbelief.“A Candle Loses Nothing by Lighting another Candle”Mohammed Nabbous. His spirit continues to be among us in this fight, the face of Libya AlHurra. His legacy born in every new step the youth of Libya takes. His words echo on, in every freedom fighters call, in every Libyan’s soul, in all the world of Journalism. An icon, an inspiration to all, in many ways…Allah Yarhamak Mohammed Nabbous. Maya will grow up to be proud of her father’s legend. We will always admire your strength, bravery, and restless sacrifice. The world will forever remember the flicker that ignited the Libyans strive for Liberty.Thank you.

    This is Libya ………”


    Indeed, it is.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  9. 23 JoJothecat
    August 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Evidence that this is a grass roots effort by the Libyan people, ordinary people, who want and deserve a better life. A wonder tribute to very brave people.

  10. 24 Obama Grandmama
    August 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    What I have never understood is why Barack Obama’s undergrad degree studies in foreign relations was never emphasized in his running for the Presidency or since? Wouldn’t this study count as much as McCain’s years in a prison camp for experience? I have always thought that this particular man was so qualified to be President with his undergrad degree preparing him for dealing with foreign nations besides his living in Indonesia during his youth in understanding other cultures. His law degree and leading the Harvard Yale Review along with teaching Constitutional Law prepare him even further for this job. His intelligence, patience, tolerance and ability to grasp complicated issues and even understand them to the point of being able to teach others about it add to his pluses. His years of Community Organizing gives him insight into the American public’s needs and has taught him to listen to what we are saying. His years of being an IL State Senator and then a US Senator gives him further understanding of how Congress works.

    Now if the American public could just be informed by an unbiased media instead of a corporate owned MSM. Also if the public could actually get past being influenced with quick decisions made for selfish reasons and learn to take a longer view like our President they would see the need to keep this gem of a public leader.

    • 25 Pamela
      August 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm

      Yes, thank you for your clarity and insight. I am sure people would find what we have found: relief, that someone REAL has entered the foray, on behalf of those who lack the skill! Thank you, ObamaGrandmama!

  11. 26 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Written by a dear friend:

    Moussa Koussa 10 minutes ago
    News O’Moussa Koussa


    Today your eyes that never blinked are free,
    Exhausted, bleeding Tripoli,
    And now that you’re free, by God,
    Your every breath paid full in blood,

    Armchair pundits who at every chance,
    Rehashed the “ragtag rebels” “slow advance”,
    “Tribal partition” and “stalemate”,
    Now want decide Free Libya’s fate!


    Who paid in blood for every stride?!
    So Libya does not divide?!
    Whose unslept eyes beam out with pride?!

    Thank you!


    FYI – the author uses the psuedonym “Moussa Koussa” as in inside joke among a global group that banded together to support Libyans shortly after 17 Feb.

    The message of this poem is essential. For those of us who have literally tracked events in Libya around the clock these past 7 months, we have been persistently impressed with the determination of the Libyan people, the quality of leadership and actions from the US and NATO, and the progress made on the ground. We have also been appalled at the distortions and lies of the newstainers and their corporate masters. Very, very few journalists did their job well. And, what we’ve seen in the past 48 h is more of the same fear-mongering (WMD, AQ) and blatantly self-serving punditry is something our Libyan friends have noticed and have no intention of being distracted or dissuaded in their march to freedom, justice and and stable democratic society.

    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  12. 27 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    The words of a wonderful Libyan … hisham:

    btw, i had/ have a personal beef w/ daffi in that he imprisined my father(whom is a very good, honorable man, well known and admired by so many) for 7.5 yrs in that infamous he ll hole abu-saleem, it was that 93 coup , a rather big one, that went down with half the officer corp of the libyan military, primarily led by bani-walid.

    he was one of the very few (77, out of 1300) to survive the rampage, mass killing, because of God almighty, and some personal admireres, one of which was moussa koussa whom my dad taught, …he taught them all…senussi, dorda, ..all the top figure heads…he tried hard to talk sense into them, show them the right way, but daffi didnt like it at all…heck, i dont know why im saying this, but his name came up for prime ministership, which he refused politely….he saw early on that daffi’s ways were very, very wrong..

    i guess you can say that he was/ is one of the few who refused to just follow orders, go w/ the program..no way..he was shown untold amounts of financial gain, he refused that too…hes an horonarable man, one of the very few who didnt sell out.

    he never hurt a soul, and these top guys, when they shake his hand, they do so with two hands, a sign of uptmost respect, especially MK , who would refer to him as his teacher, to all around.

    my mothers sisters husband, from bani walid, a pHD holder like my dad, was executed in abu-saleem, him and four senior officers in the same thing of 93….jalloud, thers were involved, it shook daffis foundation to the core.


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  13. 28 Bobfr
    August 25, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Bivi Just now
    French TV LCI : Mahmoud Jibril declared yerterday that new Libya will be based on 3 values Freedom, Egality, Fraternity … nothing could please my french heart more

    Bivi Just now
    MUST WATCH Video dedicated to the women of the #Libyan revolution. You’re ‘Strong Enough’ http://t.co/kCvv66u @FaridMusic @LibyaSupreme

    Bivi Just now
    Extremely moving footage of prisoners being let out of #AbuSaleem prison. Pray that all the families are reunited soon http://t.co/FySBsDQ

    Bivi Just now
    Amazing moment captured on video-Prisoners from #AbuSleem prison return home to #Benghazi http://t.co/mGkj2pB #Libya #feb17 #gaddaficrimes


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

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