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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Libya: Showing the world what it's like without American leadership.

Have you noticed that the Obama administration is actually implementing a foreign policy that puts the United Nations in the lead?   You can't say that Obama isn't following up on his campaign rhetoric.  Making the UN the arbiter of international action is, after all, what the Liberal community has been demanding for ever so long. 

Libya is the first test of how a post-America world can handle the threats to world peace. How's that working out so far? Are you really ready to say that DNI Clapper is dim-witted for telling a Senate committee that Khaddafi will probably win this civil war?
Clapper's testimony before congress may have been one of those famous "Kinsley Gaffes"
a politician inadvertently saying something publicly that they privately believe is true, but would ordinarily not say publicly because they believe it is politically harmful
If this wasn't the change you were looking for, you're out of luck.

This policy was very clearly enunciated in "THE GREATEST SPEECH EVAH™"  delivered in Cairo when he said:
“The fourth issue that I will address is democracy.  I know there has been controversy about the promotion of democracy in recent years, and much of this controversy is connected to the war in Iraq. So let me be clear: no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other.”
So if you want democracy in Libya and K. Daffy's hired goons are bombing you and sending out tanks to massacre you, the most you'll get is hot air.  That was the last president; this one thinks that promoting democracy is too controversial. 

The Jerseynut recounts that Obama's pronouncement was received with great praise for its renunciation of "simplistic divisions between good and evil":
...from George Packer's New Yorker piece:

Obama, in his Cairo speech and throughout his first year in office, has rightly felt the need to cleanse the air of the arrogance and the folly of his predecessor. There is no more American moralizing or hectoring about freedom, no simplistic division of the world into good and evil. Instead of “with us or against us,” the key phrase in Obama’s foreign policy has been “mutual interest and mutual respect.”
I'm quite sure that K.Daffy appreciates that nuance right now; not sure what the rebels fighting this madman fully appreciate it. It sucks to be them.

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