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    Obama’s broken clock foreign policy

    Obama’s broken clock foreign policy

    I just listened to Obama’s statement on Libya, and while he didn’t spike the football, he’s pretty proud of himself.

    And, if as it now appears Qaddafi is gone, and if what replaces him is not even worse, then Obama should be proud of himself.  But being right doesn’t make one’s policy decisions right; the wrong decisions can be right in hindsight, like the proverbial broken clock.

    Obama’ Libya policy was broken in numerous respects.

    Militarily, the effort was weak which allowed Qaddafi to survive for several months, with only recent gains pushing the rebels forward; but for the determination of Nicholas Sarkozy, Qaddafi would be a survivor.  Diplomatically, Obama obtained U.N. approval for a very limited operation in Libya, then proceeded to disregard those limitations for regime change which hurt our diplomatic efforts against Syria by alienating China and Russia after they acquiesced in the limited Libya resolution.  Politically, Obama played word games to disregard the need to obtain congressional approval for an extended war effort, something about which his liberal base has been almost apoplectic.

    Yet at this moment, the broken Libya policy appears to have worked.

    Similarly, the decision to land commandos to kill Osama bin Laden rather than bomb his compound was extremely risky.  We came very close to having our special forces stranded and captured, as one of the two helicopters crashed.  The decision not to bomb the compound came very close to a disaster, but it worked.  So Obama’s broken decision making appears to have been right.

    On what are the two achievements internationally by Obama, Libya and killing bin Laden, the decision-making was broken but worked.  Like the broken clock, Obama was right twice, but for the wrong reasons.

    Elsewhere in the world, we are in retreat, our influence is waning, the “Arab Spring” is turning ugly in Egypt, Afghanistan is heading in the wrong direction, and Iranian influence is on the rise.

    The problem with Obama’s broken clock foreign policy is that it may be right twice a day, but it is wrong most of the time.


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    Let’s not forget that both of “his” achievements were actually bought for him by our fine military who he treats with contempt on a very regular basis.

    How long will it be before we find out that the special forces of the UK, France and the US spearheaded the latest rebel offensive.

    Aarradin | August 22, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Obama never made a decision with regard to the Bin Laden raid, Leon Panetta did. Obama wasn’t informed until the raid was in progress, they literally interupted him during a golf outing and brought him to the WH to observe the raid in progress. Give him credit for maintaining the standing orders for the CIA that Bush had put in place, which allowed Panetta to launch the raid on his own initiative, and also for the raid occuring on his watch. But, at no point was Obama consulted in advance to make a decision about the raid.

    Aarradin | August 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Check this out:

    Seems the draft Constitution for Libya is based entirely on Sharia.

    Given that Islamic Republics are infinitely worse than brutal dictatorships, why is our government actively working to topple dictatorships when they know full well they’ll be replaced by Islamic Republics?

    Seems to me, the FIRST question you ask when a regime change is proposed should be: “then what?” Everyone advocating regime change focuses on how awful the current one is. The real question is, what are you going to replace it with? If the likely replacement is as bad as, or worse, than what you currently are dealing with, what’s the point?

    WarEagle82 | August 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    I can’t shed a tear for Qaddafi but when you look at the chaos Obama is causing in the world, this doesn’t mean things will be good anywhere anytime soon.

    Bush effectively reined in Qaddafi with the invasion of Iraq. Qaddafi was scared enough to turn over his WMD program we didn’t even officially acknowledge.

    But, once Qaddafi started “playing nice” Obama starts bombing him after he stops making mischief.

    The legal justification for the war is insane, and established a precedent that the US really doesn’t want established. Can the UN now start bombing the US if they don’t like how FEMA responds, or fails to respond, to the next hurricane?

    Good riddance to Qaddafi but we had better have a contingency plan for the lunacy that is most likely to supplant him…

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