Friday, October 21, 2011

Stealing the Spotlight

Nile Gardiner is one of the best writers for The Telegraph. In this piece, he predicts the shameless spectacle of spotlight grabbing and back patting on the part of the Obama Administration that is sure to come regarding Muammar Gaddafi's demise.
In the coming months I expect we will see the White House starting to rewrite history when it comes to Barack Obama’s role in the Libyan operation. There will no doubt be numerous references in his upcoming speeches to his supposedly decisive “leadership” in bringing down Gaddafi, and his imaginary rallying of the international community. In reality, President Obama dithered for weeks, and initially projected a great deal of confusion and mixed-messaging on Libya, in marked contrast to key US allies. During the war itself the president preferred to be largely an observer rather than a robust commander in chief with a clearly defined mission.

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