Obama's moment of truth

(David Kopel) Outstanding essay on the disaster in Libya and President Obama's failure to act, by Larry Diamond in The New Republic. Diamond mainly discusses the consequences for the Libyan people, but I think that the harm will be global. Barack Obama's America is showing itself to be a paper tiger; and every one of America's enemies, especially the tyrants in Iran and Venezuela, are realizing that they can step up their aggression. If Gaddafi stays, he will resume his nuclear and chemical warfare plans and his support of global terrorism, secure in the knowledge that this American President will do nothing to stop him, unless the Russians and Chinese give permission. This week is may be one that will cause terrible problems for the United States for decades to come, comparable to the week when Khomenei seized power in Iran. I've previously defended President Obama's enthusiasm for golf, but the picture of the American President going on television to announce his predictions in a college basketball tournament, while America's interests and long-term security are in imminent peril, is disconcerting. Whatever Barack Obama's virtues, Hillary Clinton was right: he was not ready for the 3 a.m. phone call; and it appears that he never will be.

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