And Gaddhafi is dead…

Thursday, October 20th, 2011 @ 11:38 am | Politics

So it’s being reported and video seems to confirm.

Have fun at that foreign policy debate, Republicans:)


UPDATE: This is a good assessment of what happened:

…the Arab League endorsed intervention from the West; the administration assembled an international coalition with surprising speed; the mission gained approval from the United Nations; and as of this morning, it appears the Gaddafi regime is no more.

It’s really that simple. Just like this:

The truth is that this President has done a good job in what has been one of the most difficult periods of modern history. He saved the economy from ruin (until the Tea Party took over Congress) with a stimulus that was as large as possible given the political realities, presided over a stock market that fairly quickly recouped many of its losses, presided over almost consecutive monthly increases in private sector job growth (unfortunately balanced by monthly decreases in public sector jobs which I attribute to the GOP further starving government), enacted the only meaningful healthcare reform ever in our history, passed financial reform (no matter what the Left says, he did this), saved the auto industry (which Romney is on record opposing), fired the first salvo of the Arab Spring with his address in Cairo no less, drawn down our footprint in Iraq in a responsible way (and headed toward almost total withdrawal), stopped numerous terrorist attacks in this country, stopped torture as policy, repealed DADT, joined the international community in a measured and responsible way to bring down an odious tyrant in Qaddafi, and killed a whole generation of al Qaeda leaders. And taking out Osama bin Laden the way he did will go down as one of the bravest military actions in American history.

Sullivan says the Obama team is too much about doing things and not enough political bragging about doing things. A Republican with this foreign policy record would be The Great Eagle Hawk Of The American Spirit Swooping Down To Reclaim Glory For The Party Of Reagan. He’d be the Republican Messiah, proof of everything they like to claim about themselves and their prowess in battle.

But really, Obama has mostly practiced a classic restrained version of foreign policy built on intelligent maneuvers rather than bungling, bluster and threats. It’s quite demonstrative of how far off the rails the Bush administration went that Obama acting like a sane president creates such a contrast.

2 Responses to “And Gaddhafi is dead…”

  1. turquoise peanut Says:

    Whatever, he’d better give all the credit to George W. Bush.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Looks like Republicans are settling for refusing to mention Obama’s name.