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Obama & Our Conflict in Libya

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Tonight President Obama prepares once again to address the nation on the subject of our ongoing conflict in Libya.  After a great deal of bipartisan complaint over US engagement without the consent of Congress, the President’s past news conferences, radio address and tonight’s speech at the National Defense University seems to have been coming for some time now.  Perhaps in part tied to news coverage and the current political argument around the subject, it’s one of the least popular military actions in decades, and likely the President hopes to stem that discontent with tonight’s address.

This evening we can probably expect to hear an explanation of the administration’s reasons for engaging in the conflict, and potential plans for where we go from here.  There’s bound also to be some explanation of the role of the international community in this conflict, and why it was critical that the United States join in a coalition rather than attempt to resolve Libya’s woes on its own.  The question is whether or not any of this new information will change much as far as public opinion and legislative rhetoric?

Perhaps the US engagement in Libya is actually some grand maneuver by the President to finally form a bipartisan consensus, even if that consensus is only over Congressional displeasure with the administration.


Posted by on March 28, 2011.


Categories: Governance, Middle East, Military

2 Responses

  1. Obama’s speech was probably useless, because he brought up Iraq a couple of times and just had to slam W. Bush for the costs….

    by Chrystal on Mar 29, 2011 at 11:17 am

  2. I don’t really agree that said commentary should have made the speech useless. The economic woes and ongoing conflicts left by the Bush administration have been a Democratic party talking point for pretty much the whole of Obama’s presidency, and I don’t know that the talking point has had much negative impact overall. Are they annoying? Definitely. Do they give political pundits fodder to rage over? Obviously. But we’ve definitely got something of a short memory as a nation, so perhaps these reminders are useful even if they ring at this point as future campaign trail rhetoric.

    by Imara on Apr 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm

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