libya, wednesday

Thank you Kasai



NowLebanon: The apparent downfall of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi will be an enormous foreign policy victory and vindication for US President Barack Obama.

His campaign of a limited military engagement in Libya, along with NATO and the Gulf Cooperation Council states, was never popular. From the outset it was attacked on all sides as either too much or too little, misguided and unlikely to succeed. It was even said that the intervention would cost more lives in Libya than it would save and harm rather than promote the interests of the United States.

Now it seems certain that Obama can justifiably claim to have made the right decision. He can add Qaddafi’s scalp to that of slain Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Unless Libya degenerates into total anarchy over the next 12 months, Obama will be virtually untouchable on foreign policy issues….

The limited engagement in Libya also looks like powerful prima facie evidence that Obama’s approach of emphasizing multilateral alliances, proceeding cautiously and balancing interests with values produces better results than the aggressive and ideological unilateralism of the George W. Bush administration…..


President Barack Obama talks on the phone with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, in Chilmark, Mass., Aug. 23. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Joel Rubin: President Obama’s critics are on the verge of witnessing a third major Obama success in the Arab world in 2011.

First, longtime Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak was deposed after Obama refused to support him against the Egyptian people at the moment of truth.

Second, Osama bin Laden, America’s archenemy #1, was killed by Navy Seals on direct orders from Obama in a risky cross-border raid into Pakistan.

And now, Muammar Qadhafi is about to be knocked out of power by an international coalition in which Obama ensured that the U.S. played a leading team role.

It’s time for Obama’s neoconservative critics to acknowledge his leadership success on foreign policy, especially on Libya.

Why? Because Obama has done what his most ardent foreign policy critics have failed to do: he has ushered in a new era in the Arab world by supporting its organic democracy movements while also aggressively pursuing terrorists. This is foreign policy leadership, Obama style, and it works for American national security.

Why? Because unlike his harshest critics, Obama actually understands that you don’t promote democracy by invading other countries….

Why? Because the United States accomplished these successes and advanced our countries’ interests without either losing one American life or getting entangled in another Middle Eastern quagmire.

…. Obama’s leadership on Libya was aggressive, but unlike theirs, which called for American boots on the ground, was smart, realistic, and patient. A touch of humility and an understanding of the proper usage of American power is what is making this policy work and now the Libyan rebels, when finished, will own their victory.

There will certainly be tough days ahead for Libya; the dust is not yet settled on this drama. But it is clear that the rebels are in charge, that we are not stuck in a quagmire, and that the Arab revolutions will continue – all with the U.S. as an ally.

This is true leadership, Obama style, and it’s time for his critics to acknowledge his – and our – success.

Full post here (warning, it’s GOPolitico)

35 Responses to “libya, wednesday”

  1. 1 Fred
    August 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

    morning Chip.Thank you Kasai 😉

    if that doesn’t make ya 😀 I don’t know what will 😀

  2. 5 Me4obama
    August 24, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Thank you Mr. President Obama. That made my day.

  3. 6 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Economists: GOP Cites Deeply Flawed CBS Report To Blame Debt On Obama

    Obama more directly owns relatively small chunks — attributable largely to the stimulus, the tax deal and arguably his continuation of the wars. But the vast bulk was baked into the cake when he took office.

    On top of this, the CBS report compares Obama to George W. Bush, who inherited two very different economies and budgets. Bush inherited a surplus, and, soon after his inauguration, a recession, which he used as an excuse to enact massive, long-term tax cuts that ate into the deficit long after those recessions were over, into Obama’s term. Obama inherited a record deficit in 2009, with an economy in complete free fall.

    There are smaller problems with the report, too. Both Baker and Horney note that the more appropriate measure of debt is not the gross debt — i.e. the sum of debts government owes to both creditors and to itself — but simply the former. This is better known as debt held by the public, and it excludes debt owed to Social Security.

    “Since the President was inaugurated, debt held by the public has increased just under $3.7 trillion (note, that in this case, using debt held by the public does not dramatically change the story – but it is the right number to use),” Horney notes.

    That won’t stop partisans from trumpeting misreported bad news, but it’s always worth keeping in mind.


  4. 11 mtmarilyn
    August 24, 2011 at 8:31 am

    What a wonderful way to start the day. Hope everyone on the east coast are all okay. Now they have to start preparing for Hurricane Irene. It definitely isn’t a quiet time. Hope the First Family has a fun day.

  5. 12 desertflower
    August 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Morning everyone:) I found this interesting…and amazing. I figure because it’s early and not everyone is paying that much attention to the details of hypocracy just yet…http://pmcarpenter.blogs.com/p_m_carpenters_commentary/2011/08/its-the-demographics-stupid.html

    • 13 hopefruit2
      August 24, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Even with a bad economy, more and more people are beginning to realize the GOP’s hand in sabotaging the recovery. And the Republicans will be paying a price accordingly. I don’t care how high unemployment is next year, the Republicans WILL have a price to pay where the bad economy is concerned. The Republican strategists who are praying that a bad economy will be Obama’s undoing better be careful what they wish for.

  6. 14 desertflower
    August 24, 2011 at 9:03 am

    And this…but we knew this would happen, didn’t we? http://www.hopeandchange.net/2011/08/patriotism.html

    • August 24, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Thanks desertflower for sending some visitors my way! And yes we knew this would happen, but even to a jaded and cynical person such as myself, the depths of the anti-Americanism among the president’s critics is still shocking to me. They feed on hate and fear. They want to create an atmosphere of negativism in the US, and they seem to want to see our country hated around the world. And it just kills them to admit that the president has succeeded in doing anything.

      • 16 edp4bho
        August 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

        Joe, I love your analysis on the hypocrisy, yet we know the inevitable is to constantly defy anything PBO succeeds at. Opposition is constantly looking for his “waterloo”, but are again and again denied this satisfaction. Can we say, racist, jealous, envious, hateful, devilish, unpatriotic, anti-American, divisive? This list can be extended, and it would not matter to folks with the cancer of hatred in what is supposed to be a heart. Ridiculous how they don’t acknowledge that last heart beat could be this very moment.

      • August 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        Joe, Your site is great. Thanks for the job you do and your support for PBHO.

  7. 18 Ladyhawke
    August 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I think this is a terrific idea. The http://www.democrats.org/ has created a new twitter account to document the extreme and wacky comments coming from the GOP. When you see them all together it really makes a powerful statement about the deterioration of the Republican Party. They are just extreme.



    We’re compiling the most extreme, out-of-touch, did-they-really-say-that Republican quotes & positions for your retweeting pleasure. Good quote? Tweet at us.

  8. 19 CTGirl
    August 24, 2011 at 9:19 am

    How can you not be fired up when you see this? Beautiful!

  9. August 24, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Love those shirts and want one. That image of him is another iconic one.

    • 21 Sue in Minnesota
      August 24, 2011 at 11:16 am

      I ordered two…my sister and I will be sporting them with Pride. One is spanish to show solidarity with our Latino community and the anti-Bradley effect..”Not the white man, not the black man, but the right man…….

      The artwork which I think is amazing, resonates deeply with me, is done by a Graphic Arts Studio in Paris called ACTIF (act if…which is actually very good advice if you think about it) Their work is impressive.

  10. August 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I never saw that T-shirt. Not being made anymore I guess.

  11. 26 Sue in Minnesota
    August 24, 2011 at 10:04 am

    “You move a mountain one stone at a time”

    The videos are brilliant, the image rendered of President Obama in the first penetrates to my soul…The Libyan rejoicer brought tears to my eyes…. Mr. President the world recognizes as do we what a gift we have in you. May God be your strength and your shield and may we coalesce behind you to become a force for change, unity and peace in our world.

  12. 27 Pamela
    August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Oh, Lordy Be, this is definitely the man I want leading my country.

  13. 28 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 10:12 am

    A new era in U.S. foreign policy

    By 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.


  14. 29 utaustinliberal
    August 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Lovely to see the video again. Thanks Kasai. Gosh I want one of those shirts. Great articles also. Finally the neocons are being made to look like the fools they are. They seem to forget that we are in the Obama era. Translation: SMART DIPLOMACY.

  15. 30 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

    dmzagi 1 hour ago

    “Extract from a Tripoli call to a Radio station ……life in the streets ……

    A resident of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, told the BBC World Service that the situation in her neighbourhood is much safer since rebel forces took over but it remains precarious.

    She wished to remain anonymous.
    “It’s very safe. The rebels have gates all around, every neighbourhood has at least two gates.

    They are watching out for their people, watching out for the streets.

    They are very welcoming, they are very nice to us.

    There are still some snipers from the Gaddafi forces up on the roofs.

    So the rebels tell us which street to go from, they tell us to watch out for this street or that street.

    But pretty much it’s safer than it ever was, for me at least.

    All of the stores, all of the shops are closed now.
    They haven’t opened for the past few three days, because they are scared.
    We went out earlier to buy water – we couldn’t find any store open.

    We have food in the house, thank God, but some people don’t which is really sad, so we are trying to donate and we are collecting food from whoever can give anything, and giving them to the rebels and to the poor people.”


    Yes.We.Can. … DO.More.Together!

  16. 31 lilma
    August 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I enjoy reading coming here several times a day… I also, been spreading your articles around on different cites, which people have a hard time disputing… And I luv that, plus have gotten other people interest in your cite….

    Last nite the stephen colbert report had amb. Susan Rice as a guest talking about the Libya & Syira up- rise and American role (she was awesome).


    this is a 2 part interview but I’m not that good with downloading videos…. Hope I got right if not, I hope somebody can download the whole interview it really a must see…. She really need to do more interviews….

  17. 33 kefauver
    August 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    He’s not only proving his neoconservative critics wrong, but he’s proven his Professional Left critics wrong as well.

  18. 35 Bobfr
    August 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Tearing the green flag in front of the Rixos … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMogn8vphV4&feature=youtu.be

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