It looks like the Libyan rebels, with the help of NATO planes and American bombs, have overthrown the Gaddafi regime. All that remains is to find the guy. No Americans were killed, the Libyans themselves did the heavy lifting to free themselves, and the terrorist-supporting dictator who has been the West’s nemesis for decades is out of power. Does this vindicate President Obama’s stated policy of “leading from behind”? You would think conservatives would celebrate an American victory. And that liberals would celebrate one of the administration’s success stories. But we aren’t hearing much from anyone. Not even the British and the French, who were the ones who went into combat. Is everyone afraid of another “mission accomplished” moment, after which everything turns very bad? Is it that Republicans don’t want to give the President any credit, while the Democrats, being peaceniks at heart, are ashamed of President Obama’s war? Or is everyone so sick of all of these post-9/11 wars that the martial spirit has died out?
Victory in Libya
Filed Under: Government, terrorism, war Tagged With: Foreign policy, Libya War, Moammar Gaddafi, President Barack Obama 46 Comments
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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.