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Gadhafi's Death: Vindication for Obama?


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AWAY AWHI
- 2830 days ago - theweek.com
After being pilloried for "leading from behind," the president wins praise for the NATO-backed Libya war's ultimate success



   

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MmAway M (520)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 3:45 pm
UMMM For real??? Personally, I don't see any PROOF???!!!! Please do show me the body AND NOT THE STUPID SHOE!
 

. (0)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 3:54 pm
Obama is taking credit for a still unclear ending to the Libyan's leader's life? I have heard reports that he was shot by an angry mob, to he was outed by an explosion. Either way, how can Obama take credit for this man's death?
In other words, is Obama trying to take whatever scrapes he can associate himself to to make himself look like a leader?
Hussain was found hiding in a pit. Did this make Bush a hero for bringing Hussain down?
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 4:59 pm
Noted , thanks !
 

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 5:44 pm
There are video's online, saw earlier.. but it Doesn't Really Matter. War will never give Obama an edge - the Reich-wing will always claim he's too Liberal-Commie-Peacenik, & the Liberals will say he's not doing enough Diplomatically.. but I HOPE he gets Better advice than he has before..and soon!
 

Susanne R (236)
Thursday October 20, 2011, 7:59 pm
I have never, not once, heard President Obama brag about any of his successes --and I follow the news very carefully. The article itself states that this was a NATO-backed initiative led by France and Great Britain in response to the slaughter of Libyan civilians --a cause no one could argue against.

As far as Bush is concerned, I don't know how he reacted to the death of Saddam Hussein. But I do recall the part he played in a very elaborate production that took place in 2003 where he landed on the deck of an aircraft carrier that displayed a banner declaring "Mission Accomplished." He was actually wearing a flight suit and delivered a speech confirming what the banner declared.

According to Wikipedia: " 'Mission Accomplished' " refers to a banner titled 'Mission Accomplished' that was displayed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln during a televised address by United States President George W. Bush on May 1, 2003 and the controversy that followed.

Bush stated at the time that this was the end to major combat operations in Iraq. While this statement did coincide with an end to the conventional phase of the war, Bush's assertion—and the sign itself—became controversial after guerrilla warfare in Iraq increased during the Iraqi insurgency. The vast majority of casualties, both military and civilian, have occurred since the speech."

When you consider that, according to the CIA and other authoritative sources, the war was based on a lie, George was not only lying, he was encouraging adulation and accepting it under false pretenses. Like most presidents, President Obama is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. They either do too much or do too little. It depends on whom you ask, so it's best to choose fact over opinion.
 

Quanta Kiran (67)
Friday October 21, 2011, 3:16 am
Thanks for this information.

 

Bob P (394)
Friday October 21, 2011, 3:52 am
thanks
 

Joe R (190)
Friday October 21, 2011, 6:08 am
Interesting.
 

patricia lasek (317)
Friday October 21, 2011, 6:25 am
It doesn't matter in their little minds.
He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
 

angela whatley (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 6:28 am
sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do,and seriously since when has our gov been honest with the public just be glad that one more bad guy down

 

Rita White (55)
Friday October 21, 2011, 6:30 am
thanks
 

Bette M (91)
Friday October 21, 2011, 7:00 am
Alan Y. I wondered the same thing!!!!

Grabbing starws in the wind to makehimself look good.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.
 

Arielle S (313)
Friday October 21, 2011, 7:58 am
Heaven forbid we should give Obama credit for anything - ever - at all. If the man walked on water, some would still find fault with him.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 9:41 am
erm... have to say I'm not quite sure what Obama (or America) has done in relation to Libya. Plenty of diplomatic activity, I'm sure. But Gadhafi wasn't the most diplomatic of men, was he?

I'm a Brit, and while my political views are very far from David Cameron's, I think we have to give credit where it's due to him, and to the French, who's intervention has saved countless innocent lives and brought an end to these terrible years for the Libyan people.

Unless there's a suggestion that America deserves credit for prudently deciding to do nothing?
 

Sue Matheson (79)
Friday October 21, 2011, 9:42 am
noted
 

Despina Vekris (9)
Friday October 21, 2011, 11:44 am
Noted thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 12:25 pm
doesnt say much for a society that validates a man through someone's death.
 

Kamila A (141)
Friday October 21, 2011, 12:47 pm
Mr. Gregoire, I urge you to read Susanne R.'s post. Obama is more than we imagined, a brilliant man of wisdom and integrity. Can you even begin to imagine if Palin/McCain had won 2008? It gives me shudders and chills. We will see more progress and positive changes once the obstructionist GOP is ousted from power.
How ingracious of McCain, and typical of that party, to criticize now
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday October 21, 2011, 12:54 pm
With the death of Gdhafi, Bin Laden, Re-election should be a NO BRAINER!!
BUT, with the Repugs, even the ones on here, NO credit to our President.
THEY, THE REPUGS, SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEM SELVES!!
 

donald Baumgartner (6)
Friday October 21, 2011, 12:55 pm
P.S. Thanks for the story!! excellent story & news!!
 

annelies j (71)
Friday October 21, 2011, 1:14 pm
John Gregoire:
"Sure, Obama takes credit just as he did for Osama! Absolutely no thanks to the miltary forces that did the job nor tribute to the lives lost. "

He is their Commander in Chief after all.
 

Marge F (0)
Friday October 21, 2011, 1:34 pm
Thank-you for the post.
 

Kamila A (141)
Friday October 21, 2011, 1:56 pm
We move forward without help or support and in spite of, the ignorant ones. I won't waste energy on them any longer, they are irrelevant now
Onward to creating the world according to the laws of love, copassion, kindness and all we want for our world to be Heaven on beautful Earth! It seems that the meek are about to fully inherit it! Yay!!! We all win!!!
 

Larry Lawton (2)
Friday October 21, 2011, 4:02 pm
While a third of Americans are suffering from economic ruin, racism, ethnic or religious bigotry, sexism and homophobia, and polluted air, water, land and food; is it really important to our country to intervene in foreign countries, at great expense and for dubious ends? Whether the wars are "successful" or "failures", the result is lots of dead people, lots of destruction, and a lot of debt piling up for the world's biggest debtor nation! How does any of this help average Americans? (It might help the big multi-national corporations which prosper by exploiting other peoples' resources. This is not beneficial to most Americans, and is reprehensible to me -- why should the US military be used to assist big corporations?) Many American (and other) leaders have tried to distract attention from misery at home by "glorious" victories in wars in foreign societies. I can not believe that people still fall for this kind of distraction, but obviously they do, including many people on this site.

I will respect Obama if, and only if, he takes serious action to restore economic growth, works to protect the environment, and protects and restores our civil and Constitutional rights. He will have to take on and rein in the wealthy elite to accomplish any of this, and I see no evidence Obama is any better than any other US Presidents at taking on the elite or their corporations. In fact, Obama seems to be as thoroughly owned by the elite and the corporations, and to serve them as enthusiastically, as the madbush, Clinton, Bush I (the Chief Spook), Reagan (the Acting President), or any other politician since, maybe, John Kennedy (who was assassinated for his modest independence).

The US had no legitimate reason to intervene in Libya (or Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Pakistan, Or Yemen, or Serbia, or Somalia, or Panama, or Grenada, or Vietnam, or Chile, or Nicaragua, -- or any of the other countries we have wrongfully attacked since WWII).
 

Alice C (1797)
Friday October 21, 2011, 4:44 pm
Time will tell.
 

Alicia N (87)
Friday October 21, 2011, 5:29 pm
read but no comment, thanks
 

Bill Eagle (41)
Friday October 21, 2011, 10:02 pm
Nothing succeeds like success. Now if we can only get the flock out of Afghanistan, I would be praising the man to the sky.
 
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