Skip to comments.Obama: a cautious warrior president
Posted on 03/19/2011 8:07:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (AFP) The international assault on Libya has shown Barack Obama to be a cautious presidential warrior who has reframed US rules for war abroad after absorbing the painful lessons of Iraq.
Though he escalated the Afghan conflict, one of two wars he inherited, the Libyan action is the first military adventure Obama has actually launched and reveals key aspects of his philosophy as commander in chief.
The president's preference for avoiding overseas entanglements led him to anchor his political rise on opposition to "dumb" wars.
He was against the Iraq invasion launched by his Republican predecessor George W. Bush in 2003 ..
In office meanwhile, his quest to get troops home from resource-draining wars in Iraq and eventually Afghanistan is a bedrock theme of his presidency.
In a speech to Americans on Saturday while on a visit to Brazil, Obama laid down the conditions for US involvement in the effort to protect civilians and halt Moamer Kadhafi's brutal advance on rebels in Libya.
"I want the American people to know that the use of force is not our first choice, and it's not a choice that I make lightly," Obama said, ..
He made clear that though the United States wants Kadhafi gone, the goal of the action is not regime change, the concept favored by neo-conservatives after the September 11 attacks in 2001, which led the country into Iraq.
Obama, who obtained a UN mandate for the Libyan assault, also stated that all action must be multilateral, with clear legal backing, ..
"American leadership is essential, but that does mean acting alone. It means shaping the conditions for the international community to act together," Obama said, repeatedly stressing the multilateral nature of the offensive.
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Are they kidding?
You forgot the Barf Alert.
Obamammy obtained NOTHING
France and Italy pushed for this - they both ahve major ntrestins in the Area
Italy - Lybia
France - Chad, next door to Lybia and BOTH with oil
You mean “cautious” as in not getting Congressional approval, unlike his predecessor?
That is one of the funniest headlines ever. You really can’t make this stuff up!
A writer with any morals would be showering for hours after writing that print version of a BJ...
Not on your life. Stupidest statement I have ever heard.
What have they been smoking??
The U.S. still has “warriors”, but the Traitor in Chief does not have the interest of the U.S. in mind, EVER.
Is this a press release from the WH? Wow.
What a Crock.
Our troops were supposed to be out of Afgan by now.
This idiot couldn’t fight his way our of a paper bag.
Phoning it in from Rio doesn’t make him a warrior anything.
Here come the MSM apologists right on cue. Absolutely pathetic.
This is a joke right? Just like when Gadaffi is ranting they report it but when Gadaffi says anything that makes Obama look bad they all of a sudden call Gadaffi’s words propaganda.
To use the words Obama and Warrior in the same sentence is ludicrous. The man is a total pussy on foreign affairs and should have stayed with his community organizing in the Chicago ghettos.
This guy’s resemblance to a con artist is striking.
That is laughable.
LOL If I recall it took nearly a year of debate in both congress and the UN for Bush to “rush to war”.
BTW anybody got any figures on the cost of the cruise missiles we’re flinging into the desert?
I purposefully misspell Gadaffi’s name but in this article it sounds like a 12 year spelled it. The MSM usually spell it like Obama does with a Q