By Peter Sterne

Obama's Much-Mocked "Lead From Behind" Approach to Libya Worked

August 25, 2011 10:00 pm Category: Politics 4 Comments A+ / A-

Obama’s decision to intervene in Libya without launching a full-scale attack perplexed Republicans, who first accused him of being too willing to involve the U.S. in an unnecessary war and then accused him of being too willing to let other countries take the lead in supporting the Libyan rebels. Obama dismissed the criticism, confident that his plan to “lead from behind” by quietly contributing American air support to a NATO coalition could succeed. The Libyan rebels’ recent success shows that his strategy worked, and the Republicans’ baseless criticism missed the point.

The Republicans viewed the United States’ participation in a coalition led by NATO troops as disrespectful to American exceptionalism — the idea that America is the greatest and most powerful nation in the world, and as such has a duty to make the world more like it. Republicans quickly stereotyped him as being at best naive and at worst anti-American, for allowing other countries — especially European countries — to lead the NATO operation supporting Libyan rebels.

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  • cbcfour

    Obama won the Presidency, Republicans shouted and pouted; Obama is right on Libya and they do the same insane thing; If he had taken the lead they would have been hollering for impeachment, the GOPT can only shout and pout that is all they are about.

  • B in Raleigh

    So when the Libya efforts seemed to be going wrong, Obama decided to tuck his tail and let someone with experience lead. Actually one of the very few things he has done right.

    Now people are trying to say Obama’s strategy was a winner. I would say the commander of NATO had the winning strategy.

    But I really never understood why the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, was doing anything in the Mediterranean when they were not under attack, nor were even being threatened by Libya.

    Oh wait Libya has OIL, now I know why Obama wanted to control Libya.

  • bixxo1

    Just as Clinton correctly handled the Bosnian war without loss of US lives, Obama correctly handled the war in Libya without loss of US lives. Compare with WBush’s ill conceived and ill implemented war on Iraq with loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, including some 40,000 US troops killed or wounded. Truly sad what impetuous politicians can do. Obama thinks things through and developed a winning strategy, which makes him a true leader.

  • JOCK

    Yes, Libya has oil. Maybe when it gets back on line the gas prices will come down a little. B probably doesn’t care since he lives in the city. Get away from the oil, lets look a Khadafi. He has always been a terrorist in his own way. When his compound was bombed in the 1980′s it settled him down for quite a while but he could never be trusted. The world is a lot better off with him ans Osama Bin Laden both gone, thanks to Obama and his leadership.

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