Skip to comments.Obama: Gaddafi death is warning to iron-fist rulers
Posted on 10/20/2011 4:55:08 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi's death on Thursday as a warning to authoritarian leaders across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule "inevitably comes to an end," and as vindication for his cautious strategy toward Libya.
Obama joined U.S. politicians and ordinary Americans in welcoming the demise of Gaddafi, who was for decades regarded as a nemesis of American presidents, and also claimed some of the credit for the Libyan strongman's downfall.
"This marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of Libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic Libya," Obama said in the White House Rose Garden.
Obama made clear he considered Gaddafi's death a validation of his "leading from behind" strategy that had drawn criticism at home for casting the United States in a support role in the NATO air assault in Libya. Some of his Republican foes see it as an "Obama doctrine" that abdicates U.S. global leadership.
He also issued a veiled warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and other long-entrenched Middle Eastern leaders resisting home-grown democracy movements to take heed of Gaddafi's fate.
"Our leadership at NATO has helped guide our coalition. Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end," Obama said in a televised statement ..
Obama also touted Gaddafi's death as a stark message to other authoritarian rulers in the Middle East where revolts upended longtime leaders in Egypt and Tunisia this year.
"For the region, today's events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end," Obama said.
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Zer0 should spend even more time before the mirror.
He should hold that thought and look in the mirror.
Pay attention Barry
Does a U.S. President have the right to authorize killing people without a trial?
I think not. But thanks for the propaganda commentary anyway AP.
Nobel Peace Prize material.
You beat me to it. Great minds think alike.
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi gestures with a green cane as he takes his seat behind bulletproof glass for a military parade in Green Square, Tripoli, Libya. Libyan special forces stormed a two-day-old protest encampment in the country's second largest city of Benghazi, clearing the area early Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, said witnesses, as a human rights group estimate scores of people have died ...
The dictator warns other dictators. LOL
Establishing an iron-fisted dictatorship in the United States is what the Democrat Party is all about.
And remember: Karl Marx himself said that communism/socialism would require an iron-fisted dictatorship for their establishment and implementation.
You've been Obama-cized.
I can just picture Obambi’s raised fist while he sits on his girly bike wearing his bicycle bedpan on his head . . . ooooooh! That’ll scare those big bad people!
The liberal practice of projection..
Obama endorsed supported and fought for the new Libyan Govt.
Said govt. forces and Obama violated numerous International and American laws combined today and in the past :
1907 Hague IV Annex
1949 Geneva Conventions
18 USC § 2441
War Powers Act
Obama and the Libyan Govt. are war criminals .
Iron fisted or those who circumvent representative government by ruling ‘administratively’.
Pot, kettle, black!
That’s not racist, is it?
If they attacked us, the POTUS can begin a war.