Skip to comments.Libya, Syria Show Obama in Way Over His Head
Posted on 08/20/2011 11:10:02 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar
Developments this week with Libya and Syria show that President Barack Obama is in way over his head on U.S. foreign policy once again.
In Libya, rebel fighters are closing in on Col. Moammar Qaddafis stronghold of Tripoli - though remain locked in a six-month civil war and face a potential bloodbath in taking the city. This is despite Mr. Obamas headlong rush to lead kinetic military action in March to back them up, an effort expected by some optimists in Washington to last weeks. NATO, with U.S. forces at the core, is still at it.
With Syria, Mr. Obama finally called for strongman President Bashar Al-Assad to step down only now that 2,000 pro-democracy demonstrators have been killed in military assaults with tanks, infantry and naval bombardment. Though certainly the right decision, unfortunately its about five months overdue, and too late for those who have already lost their lives.
Its almost as if Mr. Obama has been operating in fast-forward to support democracy and protect lives in Libya, while going slow motion in Syria.
Why is that?
First, when it comes to entrenched regimes like Qaddafis and Al-Assads, dictators know that the law of the jungle applies. Weak states like Libya are more vulnerable to foreign military intervention and internal unrest - strong states like Iranian-backed Syria are more secure. Despite Mr. Obamas lofty statements defying dictators and promoting human rights, he only really tried to deliver in lower-risk environments. Egypt and Tunisia come to mind.
Second, rather than leading from the front as American presidents have traditionally done save Jimmy Carter, Mr. Obama takes his cues from international organizations like the UN and Arab League. Once they pressed for military action in Libya, it was Tomahawks away with the U.S. leading the charge.
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Such a flawed foreign policy strategy one that in essence rewards strong dictators and punishes weak ones, regardless of the direct threat to us harms our reputation as a world leader and encourages rogue regimes to build up their own military arsenals.
Wrong! That would have been "leading" from even further behind! Only America's leadership keeps NATO together. Obama is undermining NATO which makes all of America's enemies happy. Splitting up NATO is the main goal of America's enemies because NATO is the most powerful military force the world has ever seen. NATO has not removed Kadaffy only because they have not bothered to try to do so.
Thus we ought to be doing more to push him out now that we have attacked him again - each day he remains in power represents a threat to Americans. We should do more to shape a U.S.-friendly, Al-Qaeda-free rebel movement while we still have the chance.
It was planned this way. Ohh, Mr. Soros will be sooo pleased!
Fed up with Obama and Congress? SO AM I!!
No, the line at the time by zero was...days, not weeks.
Oh, I know.
Been here since April 4.
Its not flawed. Its intentional.
He is opening the door for the MB and Iran to be publicly wed. They already picked up Egypt.