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The Downside Of The Libya Intervention

Graeme Bannerman raises some important points, but ultimately overstates the drawbacks of the Libya intervention: The first negative fallout was seen in the Russian and Chinese veto of the U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria. The Russians and Chinese made … Continue reading

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Evaluating The Libya Intervention

Stephen Walt offers a judicious take on the success or failure of the international intervention in Libya: Even if Qaddafi set a very low standard for effective or just governance, the end-result of his ouster may not be as gratifying … Continue reading

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Grading Obama’s Presidency

Building on a David Frum column, Sean Patrick Hazlett sets out his three main reasons for his view that Pres. Obama has failed: President Obama’s National Security Policy Undermined American Nuclear Nonproliferation Efforts President Obama’s Healthcare Policy Was Ill-Timed, Wasted Valuable … Continue reading

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Qaddafi Nears A Fall

Here’s a tiny snippet of a lengthy Juan Cole post on the big picture in Libya:  I hate war, having actually lived through one in Lebanon, and I hate the idea of people being killed. My critics who imagined me … Continue reading

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Dictators And Rational Behavior

Sean Patrick Hazlett has an engaging post on how dictators might view their best courses of action in light of recent events. He points out that Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak allowed protests to continue before being deposed, … Continue reading

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Libya’s Other Refugees

My office purchases office plants through a service that also comes by to prune/water the  plants once a week.  The man who waters the plants is an Israeli ex-pat who has lived in the US for the last 30 years … Continue reading

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Son, You’re Playing with Fire/The Kid Will Live and Learn

The unrest in Syria today, which includes military attacks by the regime against civilians, leads Andrew Sullivan to ask, “So we have a fully fledged unprovoked military attack on civilians in their homes. How long before we are informed it is a … Continue reading

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When Are They Gonna Stop All of These Victory Processions

Lessons from Libya, Part IV.  (One, Two, Three).  In these posts, I’ve argued that no one is drawing ironclad “lessons from Libya” because no one believes or expects that states– least of all the US– are going to rigidly apply … Continue reading

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“I hear Donald Trump’s a Satanist. I hear he’s a Mormon.”

Donald Trump on events in Libya: “I hear the rebels are from Iran. I hear they’re al Qaeda.” (Via). Of course, his target audience would be less able to see the contradiction in this post title than in what he’s … Continue reading

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If it wasn’t for some accidents then some would never ever learn

In part 3 of our highly anticipated “lessons from Libya” series, we see that Hosni Mubarak is facing questioning/hospitalization, and his two sons are imprisoned in Cairo.  Meanwhile, Ben Ali is in Saudi Arabia, and if he’s alive, Tunisia wants … Continue reading

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There Are Things That I Still Have to Learn

I wrote earlier about the near futility of searching for concrete “lessons” about Libya.  This morning, a writer at Swampland posts a copy of the State Department’s troubling human rights report on China.  The post, entitled “Growing Cracks in the … Continue reading

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There Are Things That I Don’t Want to Learn

Now that the UN, US, NATO, Arab League, et al have intervened in Libya, some folks are writing that Iran will draw the lesson that they should have nuclear weapons and abuse protestors.  (Or that the US is intervening to send … Continue reading

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“I Assure You: I Will Not Say Anything You Don’t Want to Hear”

Well, this should put all concerns to rest.  From the former Libyan Ambassador to the US, and current representative to the US of the Transitional National Council: The Libyan people don’t want to change the Qaddafi regime with an extremist regime. … Continue reading

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Let Your People Go

Rumors about Muammar Qaddafi’s heritage are apparently an even bigger deal in Libya than rumors about Barack Obama in the US: To many Libyan people, the biggest question mark about Gadhafi does not involve his repressive and dictatorial rule, delusional … Continue reading

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Basic Questions

I’m inclined to stick with my argument that the current mission in Libya most closely resembles Bush Sr.’s ordering deployment to Somalia from the perspective of the Constitution.  From the perspective of policy and strategy, though, it seems to me … Continue reading

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Unconstitutional Moment, or Epoch?

Bruce Ackerman argues that the US’s military action in Libya violates the Constitution: After the Vietnam War, Congress passed the War Powers Resolution, which granted the president the power to act unilaterally for 60 days in response to a “national … Continue reading

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