What the Military Intervention in Libya Left Behind for the Next Sitting President

– – – “We came, we saw, he died. Cackle, Cackle, cackle.” – – –

Stop Making Sense

Bill Powell writes for Newsweek:

A more democratic region will ultimately be more stable for us and our friends. Even if someone wants to be dictatorial, it’s going to be difficult.”
—An American diplomat, after the overthrow of a Middle Eastern dictator

That quote sounds as if it came from what the foreign policy elite in the Obama administration would call some “neocon nut job,” with an eerie echo of the blindly confident rhetoric from the early days of the U.S. occupation of Iraq in 2003. Except this time the speaker wasn’t a neocon nut job, and it was May 2012. Denis McDonough, then Barack Obama’s deputy national security adviser, was taking a victory lap in a speech at a Washington think tank. And he wasn’t boasting about Iraq; he was crowing about Libya.

The Obama administration, “leading from behind” (a term used by an Obama adviser quoted in The New…

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