Obama – A Deft Touch

It’s about one hour to Obama’s first major speech on the Libyan situation. He is being criticized in Congress for not consulting more with them, and for not clearly stating America’s policy and goals.  He did state certain goals.   My reading of the situation is that by taking a low-key position, he has achieved what we have been hoping for in many other contexts.

By having NATO take the lead, he has caused many other countries to participate. Fourteen countries have committed air power to the operation, including two Arab countries. That would have been totally impossible with a US dominated operation.

I know some people would like America to be the leader in everything all over the world, and others would like us to back away from everything.

I think Obama has achieved a balance that not many people would have thought possible, with wider support.

I think we should recognize what his low

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