Monday, March 21, 2011

The Obama Doctrine

In crises of foreign affairs
When hostility suddenly flares,
The force one projects
Is enhanced, one expects,
If one's allies, as well, project theirs.

As noted in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday, the international campaign in Libya marks the first usage of the "Obama Doctrine," receiving "unambiguous legal authority through the United Nations, getting clear support from Arab states and then letting others—France and Britain —lead the military charge."  It remains to be seen how effectively this doctrine can help to replace the mad dictatorship of Qaddafi with popular representation, at a minimum of popular casualties.

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