White House Takes Credit for Early Backing of Libyan Government

tjadams

Ad Honoris
Mar 2009
25,362
Texas
Leading From Behind? White House Takes Credit for Early Backing of Libyan Government
Published September 16, 2011

The United States took the lead in recognizing the cause of the rebel government in Libya, the White House national security adviser claimed Friday, not indicating whether he meant that lead was from behind.
"We have been leading the effort and led the effort prior to the fall of the Qaddafi government to recognize them," National Security Adviser Tom Donilon said in a speech at the Economic Club of Washington. But Donilan's claims appear to conflict with recent history. The U.S. and more than 30 other nations formally recognized the National Transitional Council on July 15, four months after France. French President Nikolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron were on the ground in Libya this week meeting with officials of the NTC. In April, the U.S. State Department actually belittled the idea of formal recognition by the U.S., noting that it wasn't the "be all and end all."
Can the US claim the lead on anything here? Seems like looking at a
photo of yourself and saying, "Gee, I look good"
 

mingming

Ad Honorem
Feb 2011
4,742
Los Santos, San Andreas
Another attempt at glorifying the administration ahead of elections.
 

Nemowork

Ad Honorem
Jan 2011
8,480
South of the barcodes
Don't knock it. Obama might have been third in line when it comes to credit for 'people who hate Mu-mu and want to take a shot at him' after Call me Dave and Sarko but US air power made a significant difference when it came to initially kicking open the door and wiping out Libyan air defences.

You have to remember that the American right opposed this for weakening action against Al-quaida and conversely for not having US air power beating their hairy chests and sending in in SEALs to kidnap mu-mu from off his sofa.

Obama seems to have run a very finely balanced and smart political game, using initial US air power to involve NATO and associated Euro nations in removing daffy on the cheap, as well as using local forces and removing the need for spending western lives.
 
Apr 2010
16,748
Slovakia
Some people in US have habit of claiming "success" prematurely.

Last time I heard such boasting was over Afghanistan and Iraq. So far those "successes" turned to be colossal disasters.
 

botully

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Feb 2011
3,546
Amelia, Virginia, USA
Don't knock it. Obama might have been third in line when it comes to credit for 'people who hate Mu-mu and want to take a shot at him' after Call me Dave and Sarko but US air power made a significant difference when it came to initially kicking open the door and wiping out Libyan air defences.

You have to remember that the American right opposed this for weakening action against Al-quaida and conversely for not having US air power beating their hairy chests and sending in in SEALs to kidnap mu-mu from off his sofa.

Obama seems to have run a very finely balanced and smart political game, using initial US air power to involve NATO and associated Euro nations in removing daffy on the cheap, as well as using local forces and removing the need for spending western lives.
Not just the right, and it is way too soon to judge whether we are better off without Kaddafi.
How much did this cost the US taxpayer in a time of severe recession?
Did the efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer at all from resources diverted to Libya?
The US had no compelling interest in intervening, especially when European nations were willing to. We should have let them, and saved the money.
 

Sankari

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Mar 2011
3,340
6th Century Constantinople
"White House takes credit for something White House actually did."

Sounds reasonable to me. Makes a nice change from the previous administration.
 
Nov 2009
1,577
Texas
Not just the right, and it is way too soon to judge whether we are better off without Kaddafi.
How much did this cost the US taxpayer in a time of severe recession?
Did the efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer at all from resources diverted to Libya?
The US had no compelling interest in intervening, especially when European nations were willing to. We should have let them, and saved the money.
The Europeans asked for the U.S. to come in and then afterwards asked for the U.S. to up its involvement.

It is uncertain whether or not Europe would have intervened without American support. We know at the start of the operation that the United States military shouldered a huge load, with American strikes dwarfing European strikes and conducting operations that the Europeans couldn't.