A new era in American foreign policy

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  1. Chris

    Chris Gold Member

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    Back in March, many neoconservatives in Washington were extremely dismissive of the way President Obama was handling the intervention in Libya. They argued that he was doing too little and acting too late – that his approach was too multilateral and lacked cohesiveness. They continuously criticized President Obama for, in the words of an anonymous White House advisor, "leading from behind."

    But now that these critics are confronted with the success of the Libya operation, they are changing their tune and claiming paternity of the operation. They are further arguing that if their advice had been heeded, the intervention in Libya would have been swifter and even more successful. But the Libya intervention is so significant precisely because it did not follow the traditional pattern of U.S.-led interventions. Indeed, it launched a new era in U.S. foreign policy.
    The United States decided that it was only going to intervene in Libya if it could establish several conditions:

    1) A local group that was willing to fight and die for change; in other words, "indigenous capacity".

    2) Locally recognized legitimacy in the form of the Arab League's request for intervention.

    3) International legitimacy in the form of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973.

    4) Genuine burden sharing with the British and French spelling out precisely how many sorties they would be willing to man and precisely what level of commitment they would be willing to provide.

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