As Libya Deteriorates, Obama Doubles Down on Caution
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  • wigwag

    Lets not forget that the Obama Administration was goaded into its Libya policy not just by its humanitarian hawks but by the Europeans. What’s the real lesson here? It’s that listening to anything that Europeans or people who think like Europeans have to say leads inevitably to strategic blunder after strategic blunder.

  • ljgude

    After all the complaining about the Bush administration I continue to be basically gob smacked that Obama somehow managed to repeat Bush’s mistakes with much the same outcome – Islamist instability. I see both as examples of misguided liberal interventionism. Bush invaded Iraq with the old fashioned muscular mid century ideals of FDR and Truman, and the more up to date Obama with the late 20th century politically correct ideals of the humanitarian left. Results have been sub-optimal and that together these two presidents have managed to pretty well totally destabilize the region. On a more personal level I would point out that a friend of mine had been happily working for a US based oil company exploring in southern Libya. He is a good engineer and a good administrator and toward the end he was in charge several hundred workers of various ethnicities not always friendly to each other. He had to deal with knife fights and the like. But once he found he had a strike on his hands. He knew what to do. He called Khadafi and had the Army come down and explain to the workers that there was absolutely no need to strike in a worker’s paradise. The workers, of course, saw the error of their ways very quickly. He also made it out of the country about a week before things got serious and now works in a more stable, if less entertaining, region. All of which perhaps puts all those signs proclaiming “No Blood for Oil” in an new light.

    • rheddles

      I have to confess to a certain skepticism about our ability to either stabilize or destabilize MENA. The natives have been a thorn in our side since the founding of the country. In the two centuries since, not unlike the preceding millenium, they have proven themselves to be capable of little more than mayhem. We give ourselves too much credit when we assign blame for their latest disaster to the current occupant of the White House. Everything has been tried over the last two hundred years yet they remain barbarians. Perhaps its their choice.

      The only solution is to drain their oil fields as rapidly as possible and then convert our cars to CNG. Then they can try to grow food in sand.

  • USNK2

    Why not pay the Egyptian military to secure Libya’s oil fields? win win.

  • jeburke

    It’s worth noting that, according to many reports, the Libya intervention was opposed by then-SecDef Gates, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and his deputy, Dennis McDonough, as well as Vice President Biden. There also were reports of serious reservations among senior military officers and CIS. Pushing for intervention justified by the “responsibility to protect” concept was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama leftist pal Samantha Power. Obama made the decision, but it’s not an exaggeration to say that Clinton was the driving force behind it.

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