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Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs


In making his case this past week for the use of force in Libya, President Obama sought to assure the American people that this intervention is prudent and wise, and that it bears no resemblance to the controversial and costly war in Iraq. He even tried to preempt the comparison altogether, explaining why his administration will not attempt to overthrow Moammar Gaddafi by force: “To be blunt,” Obama said, “we went down that road in Iraq.” Message: I am not Bush, and Benghazi is not Baghdad. Given the most obvious differences between Iraq and Libya — no ground troops in Libya and no U.N. resolution in Iraq — few will take issue with Obama’s protestation. Yet, Obama’s road in Libya may prove more similar to President George W. Bush’s than it now appears.


O'Sullivan, Meghan. "Will Libya become Obama’s Iraq?" Washington Post, April 1, 2011.