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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Obama: Libya Is a "Recipe for Success"

Three years into Obama's presidency, it would probably be deemed charitable for an objective outside observer to describe his foreign policy as "disastrous." Starved for anything to show for his overseas efforts and with the 2012 elections looming, Obama is busy showcasing US involvement in Libya, for which the president is now famous for "leading from behind." Appearing two weeks ago on the Tonight Show with host Jay Leno (http://www.npr.org/2011/10/26/141710706/obama-to-leno-libya-a-recipe-for-success), Obama would have us believe that US involvement in Libya has proven a memorable template for future American activity:

"Not a single U.S. troop was on the ground. Not a single U.S. troop was killed or injured, and that, I think, is a recipe for success in the future."

But what doesn't Obama tell us?:

• Qaddafi's stockpiles of anti-aircraft missiles have flooded into the hands of militants in Gaza, and Israel's El Al Airlines is being forced to hurriedly equip its fleet of civilian aircraft with advanced anti-missile systems (http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/report-israel-to-equip-airliners-with-anti-missile-system-as-libyan-arms-reach-gaza-1.395057).

• The flag of al-Qaeda is now proudly flying in Benghazi (http://www.vice.com/read/al-qaeda-plants-its-flag-in-libya).

• Deadly tribal fighting in Libya continues until today (http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=245318).

A "recipe for success"? Yeah, right. However, it's certainly a beguiling attempt at "spin" by Axelrod & Co.

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