And just watch for the dividends that will come in from that billion: oppression of women (polygamy has already been legalized in Libya), oppression of non-Muslims (a Jew who returned to Libya after decades in exile has already been harassed and deported), the denial of free speech and the freedom of conscience, and more virulent anti-Americanism than Gaddafi ever imagined. A bargain!
“Obama on Libya: ‘We led from the front,'” by Jamie Klatell for The Hill, October 26 (thanks to Wimpy):
President Obama said Tuesday the often-repeated idea that the U.S. led from behind in the ouster of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi was incorrect.
“We led from the front,” Obama said in a pre-taped interview for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” “We introduced the resolution in the United Nations that allowed us to protect civilians in Libya when Gadhafi was threatening to slaughter them. It was our extraordinary men and women in uniform, our pilots who took out their air defense systems, set up a no-fly zone.”…
Because his administration was “able to organize the international community,” Obama told Leno, operations in Libya “only cost us a billion dollars” and no U.S. troops were killed or injured….