On Libya, Obama Played It Perfectly

He ignored critics who demanded US lead the attacks: David Ignatius
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2011 1:48 PM CDT
On Libya, Obama Played It Perfectly
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in 2001.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – President Obama's "Mr. Cool" approach worked like a charm in Libya, writes David Ignatius. Recall that Obama took heat for doing too much (pushing for military action instead of a mere no-fly zone) and for doing too little (allowing the US to take a back seat to the UN coalition once that military action started). He also refused to change strategy even when critics began "howling" about a lack of US leadership, Ignatius writes in the Washington Post.

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By staying the course, Obama denied Moammar Gadhafi the chance to play the victim at the hands of the big, bad US. "Obama took a lot of shots along the way to Thursday’s symbolic end of the Libya campaign," writes Ignatius. "But it seems fair to say that his vision of opposing (Gadhafi) through a broad, international coalition—in which other nations shared the burden, for a change—worked out pretty well." (Read more Moammar Gadhafi killed stories.)

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