July 19, 2011

HE MAY HAVE TO BE DRAGGED SOMETIMES, BUT HE EVENTUALLY GETS TO AMERICAN:

Obama's Step Forward on Libya: Recognizing the provisional government is important progress. Now can we finish off the Gadhafi regime? (MAX BOOT, 7/18/11, WSJ)

It took nearly four months, but last week the Obama administration finally did the right thing: It recognized the National Transitional Council as the rightful government of Libya. That will allow the rebels to tap into billions of dollars in frozen Libyan government accounts in the U.S. Access to those funds is crucial not only for furthering the campaign to topple Moammar Gadhafi, but also for constructing a working government in Benghazi that can eventually be expanded to the rest of the country.

Yet the question remains: What took so long? Some two dozen countries—ranging from France to Qatar—had already extended diplomatic recognition to the rebels by the time that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the U.S. was joining their ranks. Unfortunately, this tardiness is symptomatic of the administration's conduct of the entire war effort and exemplifies President Obama's puzzling "lead from behind" doctrine.


Let's cut the guy a little slack, it's not as if he's ever led anything before, nevermind the uberpower.


Posted by at July 19, 2011 6:05 AM
  

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