“It’s people like him who give people like us a bad name.” A cliche? True. But that’s why it’s a cliche. Years from now will the world blame President Obama for our failed policy in Libya? Or will they blame the United States? I think the answer is obvious! I know we posted on this topic yesterday, but here’s another take. ADB
Editorial: Obama Doctrine Is All Bark, No Bite
Posted 03/25/11 06:56 PM ET
Mideast: A White House suddenly enthralled with cruise missile diplomacy and, without a Libyan exit strategy, issues a verbal warning to another murderous dictatorship. Our policy is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
In one of those “strongly worded statements” that often substitute for meaningful action, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday issued the administration’s condemnation of what it says is the Syrian government’s brutal repression of demonstrations and the killing of civilians by security forces.
Carney said the U.S. is calling on the Syrian government to exercise restraint and respect the rights of its people. Or else what? Based on our Libyan actions, should we soon expect cruise missiles to be enforcing a no-fly zone over Damascus? Unlikely that we’ll hear “Assad must go,” since neither consistency nor geopolitical courage is a hallmark of this administration.
In Libya, we’re fighting a war that is not a war. We initiated a “kinetic” military action, but will not take the lead. We are going to turn over the leadership to a NATO that couldn’t direct traffic in Paris in August without U.S. help.