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Former Obama Adviser Says President 'Vindicated' on Libya Strategy
Los Angeles Times ^ | August 22, 2011 | Peter Nicholas

Posted on 08/22/2011 1:02:42 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Moammar Kadafi’s fall from power would be a vindication of the Obama administration’s strategy in Libya after the president endured months of criticism for “leading from behind” and letting European allies take a more upfront role in fighting Kadafi’s forces, a former adviser to Obama said.

“The administration is entirely vindicated,’’ said Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution who has advised three presidents on the Middle East and south Asia. “They said from the beginning that the primary actor here needed to be the Libyans and they weren’t going to put boots on the ground.’’

After briefly taking the primary role in establishing a no-fly zone in March to suppress Kadafi’s air defenses, the U.S. stepped back and let the Europeans “be the lead element,’’ Riedel said.

Obama’s strategy was quickly declared a failure by his Republican critics, who said the U.S. was guilty of doing too little, too late to topple Kadafi.

“A lot of naysayers said we’d end up with a quagmire or stalemate,” Riedel said. “Today, that doesn’t appear to be the case. The administration will rightly say their approach turned out to be a better estimate of the balance of forces in Libya than many pundits thought.’’

By virtue of the administration’s strategy, ensuring a peaceful post-Kadafi future is not the sole responsibility of the U.S., Riedel said. Other European countries now have a larger stake in the next phase of the Libyan story.

“The Obama administration from the beginning has wisely seen this as not America’s baby to solve. Frankly, there are others who have much greater equities here.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bruceriedel; gaddafi; illegalwar; libya; noflyzone; obama4alqueda; obama4sharia; obamaswar; sharialaw; warpowers

1 posted on 08/22/2011 1:02:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

And they’re happy about the push toward Shariah law too?


2 posted on 08/22/2011 1:05:51 PM PDT by wildwood
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To: nickcarraway

Before we thump our chest, could we see what kind of whack jobs replace the current whack job?


3 posted on 08/22/2011 1:08:05 PM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: nickcarraway

I am sure the media will fawn all over this “victory”. They will ignore the very dangerous precedent the Libyan action established. Can you imagine the news coverage if a Republican had committed to this action? There would have been thousands of Code Stink types outside the White House every day.

I detest Quaddafi and he should have paid for Pan Am 103 decades ago. However, the “Arab Spring” has only created a more dangerous world and destabilized the Middle East. It will be the same in Libya.

At least this will free up our aircraft and resources to start bombing Syria or protecting the starving refugees in Somalia. /sarc


4 posted on 08/22/2011 1:09:17 PM PDT by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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To: nickcarraway

This is not leadership. This going along with a group. If the group had not agreed with this action, it would not have happened. In spite of the rightness or wrongness of this action.


5 posted on 08/22/2011 1:15:59 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: nickcarraway

This is not leadership. This going along with a group. If the group had not agreed with this action, it would not have happened. In spite of the rightness or wrongness of this action.


6 posted on 08/22/2011 1:16:10 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: nickcarraway
The only way this disaster can be viewed as a success is from the standpoint of a radical Islamist who wants to destroy every US ally in the Mideast and replace him with a radical Islmaist state that virulently hates America, capitalism, and freedom. That, of course, perfectly describes the Illegal, along with his being a communist who bitterly hates America and Americans, the most recent Obamunist hateathon being the Martha's Vineyard vacation where he and Moochelle are flipping off every American who's suffered from his depression and making us pay for it. OMG. are they ever an utterly vile and contemptible pair.
7 posted on 08/22/2011 1:16:56 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: nickcarraway

Mission Accomplished? A liberal claimed the same to me today and I told him:

1) let’s see in 6 months
2) Voters dont care abour Kaddafi or Bin laden right now, they are worried about their jobs and food prices


8 posted on 08/22/2011 1:18:04 PM PDT by sickoflibs (If you pay zero Federal income taxes, don't say you are paying your 'fair share')
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To: nickcarraway

First off, it ain’t over yet. Second, if Tripoli falls there will be a power vacuum much as there was in Baghdad. Now come the hard part. And what of Syria?

The Liberals STILL have bumper stickers on their cars about Iraq. Funny, I see no stickers regarding Libya.


9 posted on 08/22/2011 1:18:45 PM PDT by Obadiah (November 6, 2012 -- The date of the next great American Revolution!)
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To: nickcarraway

Whooo, Hoooo. Al Quaida (ah, eh, ieh, whatever) won! With my money.


10 posted on 08/22/2011 1:21:51 PM PDT by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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To: nickcarraway
Once MO-MAR the K man is gone, then the fun begins.
There will be civil wars with blood shed like never before.
This will last a long time. ZERO will get the blame, mainly because he is taking the credit now. . . . . . . .
11 posted on 08/22/2011 1:22:11 PM PDT by DeaconRed (To the idiots that didn't believe us about ZERO: Hope you enjoy your less than a dollar in change.)
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To: volunbeer

We need to help that hijacker over too. Where´s he now?


12 posted on 08/22/2011 1:23:42 PM PDT by onedoug (!)
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To: nickcarraway

“a matter of weeks not months” statement is vindication six months later?

I don’t think that word means what they think it means.


13 posted on 08/22/2011 1:24:10 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: nickcarraway

I’ll wait top see how this Jihad is doing in the next few years.


14 posted on 08/22/2011 1:24:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Voter#537
"Once MO-MAR the K man is gone, then the fun begins. There will be civil wars with blood shed like never before. This will last a long time. ZERO will get the blame, mainly because he is taking the credit now. . . . . . . ."

I doubt Zero will get the blame because the media will stop reporting on it, just as Egypt is now relegated to the back pages or not at all. Another example, how many Americans even know that Lebanon is now run by Hezbollah?

15 posted on 08/22/2011 1:32:22 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t believe they ever stated explicitly that regime change was our goal. If I’m wrong please correct me.


16 posted on 08/22/2011 1:36:43 PM PDT by DManA
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To: wildwood

Absolutely!

That was all a part of the MB / Hussein / AlQaeda game plan.

Don’t you love to see success at the expense of us, the crusader Americans?

Stupid American populace allowing this crap to go down!


17 posted on 08/22/2011 1:44:30 PM PDT by himno hero (Obamas theme...Death to America...The crusaders will pay!)
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To: nickcarraway

When does the movie come out??


18 posted on 08/22/2011 1:44:59 PM PDT by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: nickcarraway

islamist out, islamist in. Just swell....


19 posted on 08/22/2011 1:45:34 PM PDT by onedoug (!)
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To: nickcarraway

How ridiculously political!

The current fighting is not over and when the smoke clears, the government may be much worse than Gadafi.

I realize Obama has an affinity for all things Muslim Brotherhood and anti-American, but perhaps that is the point.


20 posted on 08/22/2011 1:53:47 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: nickcarraway

OK so if I go rob a million dollars all my problems would be solved. It’s illegal but by following Obama’s lead that shouldn’t matter. Right?


21 posted on 08/22/2011 1:58:09 PM PDT by Graneros ("It is no exaggeration to say that the undecided could go one way or another.")
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To: nickcarraway

So “it worked” is now an official substitute for “it’s the right thing to do” to the dems...

Okay - gotcha.


22 posted on 08/22/2011 1:58:27 PM PDT by MortMan (What disease did cured ham used to have?)
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To: nickcarraway

“...and they weren’t going to put boots on the ground.”

So the ‘Rebels’ were painting targets for smart bombs? At least one of the targets was a moving ship...not exactly the kind of thing you program coordinates into.

Some western nation had ‘boots on the ground’ in this ‘kinetic action’.


23 posted on 08/22/2011 2:05:44 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: nickcarraway
Totally BS...what he did is an impeachable offense...no way there is any vindication...
24 posted on 08/22/2011 2:08:49 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
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To: nickcarraway

Obama administration always counting their chickens before they hatch , it’s not over until the fat mullah sings


25 posted on 08/22/2011 2:09:51 PM PDT by molson209
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To: nickcarraway

Vindicated? Hardly. In fact, since Obama used taxpayer money and the might of the US military under the guise of NATO to topple a sovereign nation whom we were not at war with in direct violation of the war powers act, nor posed a clear and present danger to US national security, it makes him a full fledged war criminal.


26 posted on 08/22/2011 2:12:11 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: onedoug

We need to help that hijacker over too. Where´s he now?

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Pretty sure you are referencing the bomber of Flight 103?

I don’t think Ali al-Megrahi has anything to fear from the new overlords in Libya. He will still be a hero to them just as he was to Quaddafi. That is the problem that Bush, Obama, and their ilk don’t understand.

If you give inmates in a prison the right of self-determination you probably won’t like the results. Most people in the Middle East are poor, ignorant, and follow a radical religion. The educated and enlightened are as powerless as Conservatives in San Francisco.

Middle Eastern Democracy will probably not produce good results for the U.S., Israel, or Western interests.

It’s a fair generalization and that is why the “Arab Spring” will cause massive bloodshed in the future.

Think of each of these Arab/Muslim countries as a pit bull. Each dog individually with a strong owner and a good leash would not worry you too much.

However, take several pit bulls without strong owners and no leash and you now have the “Arab Spring”. Odds are good that the pack mentality (radical Islam) is going to cause something bad to happen. Don’t forget, we still have more “stable” Islamic governments that may also be overthrown (i.e. Pakistan and Saudi Arabia).


27 posted on 08/22/2011 2:33:27 PM PDT by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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I am sure the media will fawn all over this “victory”

Bush couldn't kill BinLadin, but Obama did...

Reagan couldn't kill Gaddafi, but Obama did...

Carter couldn't kill our Economy, but Obama did.

28 posted on 08/22/2011 2:37:16 PM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: volunbeer

I´m talking about putting a missile up his hindquarters.


29 posted on 08/22/2011 2:50:48 PM PDT by onedoug (!)
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To: onedoug

I´m talking about putting a missile up his hindquarters.

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That would make me a happy man indeed. I would also love to see the politicians in Scotland and England who got paid off to release him put in jail!


30 posted on 08/22/2011 2:52:24 PM PDT by volunbeer (Keep the dope, we'll make the change in 2012!)
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To: Dixie Yooper
This will allow them to revive the "Obama is the second coming of FDR" theme. FDR beat Hitler (well, almost--Hitler's suicide was just 18 days after FDR's death), but Obama beat Khaddafi.

Obama is clearly the greatest military leader of African origin since Hannibal, if not since Thutmosis III.

31 posted on 08/22/2011 2:58:50 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: nickcarraway

Mission Accomplished!


32 posted on 08/22/2011 3:12:56 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama get our AAA back.)
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To: nickcarraway

Mission Accomplished!


33 posted on 08/22/2011 3:13:11 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama get our AAA back.)
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“The administration is entirely vindicated’’

Words you will never ever hear from Riedel about anything Bush did.

We'll see how "entirely vindicated" Obama's illegal War Powers Act violations are when we see how "free" Libya is under the new constitution making Sharia the law of the land.

34 posted on 08/22/2011 4:17:41 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Bill O'Reilly is a lech.)
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To: nickcarraway

Driving the train from the caboose. Victory for Shari’a Law and the Muslim Brotherhood (aka AQ), engineered by Hill & Huma at the State Department.


35 posted on 08/22/2011 5:04:38 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: nickcarraway

If O want s to take credit I’ll wait until all the nations that will attack Israel per prophecy are in the hands of Sharia law. Libya, Egypt, and then Syria all lining up as per prophecy. O is indeed working to set up the attack.


36 posted on 08/22/2011 6:20:35 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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