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Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations

Abstract

With the imminent and long-awaited collapse of the brutal Khadafy regime, President Obama’s careful, persistent, and oft-criticized policy in Libya has worked. When the protests began in Libya last winter, I shared the widespread doubts about the involvement of US military forces in a country where we had no obvious vital interests. After the Arab League invited NATO to intervene in the internal affairs of a member state, however, followed by the UN Security Council’s blessing of such an action and the prospect of a real bloodbath in Benghazi, President Obama was right to agree to commit NATO to support the rebel alliance.

Citation

Burns, R. Nicholas. "Victory for US Leadership." Boston Globe, August 23, 2011.