October 26, 2011
Dems Reaching on Libya-Iraq Comparison
James Kirchick, New York Daily News
Now that Libyan dictator Moammar Khadafy is dead, President Obama is taking a well-deserved victory lap. With Osama Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki and the Mad Dog of the Middle East killed in just the past 6 months, the President and his supporters can rightly boast of a string of foreign policy successes.
But in lauding the administration's approach to Libya - infamously characterized by an anonymous administration official as "leading from behind" - the President's supporters have made a dubious comparison: that Operation Odyssey Dawn, as the Libyan mission was termed, is not only a model for future American military interventions, but that it compares favorably to the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq.
TAGGED: Foreign Policy, Iraq, Libya