Obama’s Accidental Success in Libya

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Here’s a Twitter conversation from a few minutes ago:

Now that I’ve got the MoJo vote locked up, I wonder what other people think about this? I should point out clearly that I’m not saying this was necessarily a deliberate strategy on President Obama’s part. Still, it strikes me that if the United States had aggressively endorsed action against Libya from the start, this would have created a tremendous amount of suspicion around the world about our intentions, and that might have been enough to derail global support. It would have been, yet again, America plus a few allies vs. everyone else. As it’s played out in real life, however, other countries have taken the lead, which forces them to be truly committed to this operation, and opposition has been muted because the whole thing didn’t turn into yet another big power pissing match.

Yes? No? What says the commentariat?

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