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A brutal dictator toppled with uncommon finesse

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition.

With rebel forces nearly in control of Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi’s 42 years of despotism – which began when Richard Nixon was a rookie president – have ended.

This is, among other things, another big international success for Barack Obama. Some of the president’s critics continue to insist that the president is running a weakling foreign policy, but the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and now Gadhafi would beg to disagree.

From a strictly American perspective, the toppling of Gadhafi’s loathsome dictatorship played out nicely. The U.S. intervened powerfully at the outset by hitting key Libyan targets with Tomahawk cruise missiles, disabling the regime’s air defenses, and making it possible for NATO aircraft to operate freely and strike Libyan military assets with impunity.

Then the United States handed off the lead to NATO, especially Britain and France. With intense Western air support, Libya’s ragtag opposition forces gradually coalesced and began to prevail against the Libyan army, finally breaking into the capital over the weekend.
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Attack on Libya looks like the right move

This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.

Military interventions have a perverse way of becoming justified or unjustified only after they’re over.

Stopping the North Korean communists seemed a terrible idea to many Americans when the Korean War exploded. Stopping communism in Southeast Asia seemed a great idea a decade later.

Barack Obama’s decision to join what looks like a half-hearted international attack on Moammar Gadhafi’s Libyan regime will be judged by the same standard: ultimate success or failure.

Given what we know, America’s involvement in the offensive is defensible. From a humanitarian point of view, the world could hardly sit back and eat popcorn as Gadhafi’s forces massacred the Libyans who have attempted to overthrow his vile dictatorship.

Military support for the rebels also serves American foreign policy interests. Read more »


Speaking of Obama

It can’t have helped the president to get such an enthusiastic endorsement from Moammar Gadhafi at the United Nations today. The Libyan dictator suggested that America make Obama president for life – not quite how we do things in this country.

Gadhafi also said Africans are “proud that a son of Africa governs the United States of America.”

The birthers must be twittering about that line.