President Obama proved once and for all that the right wing belief in military might over all else is wrong by removing Qaddafi without deploying a single US ground troop.
Here is the video of Obama’s statement:
The president said,
For the region, today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end. Across the Arab world, citizens have stood up to claim their rights. Youth are delivering a powerful rebuke to dictatorship. And those leaders who try to deny their human dignity will not succeed.
For us here in the United States, we are reminded today of all those Americans that we lost at the hands of Qaddafi’s terror. Their families and friends are in our thoughts and in our prayers. We recall their bright smiles, their extraordinary lives, and their tragic deaths. We know that nothing can close the wound of their loss, but we stand together as one nation by their side.
For nearly eight months, many Americans have provided extraordinary service in support of our efforts to protect the Libyan people, and to provide them with a chance to determine their own destiny. Our skilled diplomats have helped to lead an unprecedented global response. Our brave pilots have flown in Libya’s skies, our sailors have provided support off Libya’s shores, and our leadership at NATO has helped guide our coalition. Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end.
This comes at a time when we see the strength of American leadership across the world. We’ve taken out al Qaeda leaders, and we’ve put them on the path to defeat. We’re winding down the war in Iraq and have begun a transition in Afghanistan. And now, working in Libya with friends and allies, we’ve demonstrated what collective action can achieve in the 21st century.
Of course, above all, today belongs to the people of Libya. This is a moment for them to remember all those who suffered and were lost under Qaddafi, and look forward to the promise of a new day. And I know the American people wish the people of Libya the very best in what will be a challenging but hopeful days, weeks, months and years ahead.
After a decade of warfare, and six plus years of previous administration telling the American people that democracy will only be realized through the barrel of a gun, people were sick of war. The same Republicans who caused the war fatigue tried to use it against Obama’s decision to assist the Libyan people in their quest for freedom.
We were told that we had to fight them there so that we don’t have to fight them here, and the preemptive war was making our country safer. The American people were told that the death, injury, and destruction of so many of our young people were the price of freedom. The neo-cons and Republicans assured us that this was the way that it had to be. America would not be safe if she was not at war.
They were all wrong.
President Obama has demonstrated that not only is their better way, but his way is also more effective. This president doesn’t need ground troops to uphold and spread American values. Obama will never have a mission accomplished moment. This president isn’t about using war for political gain.
Obama appears to possess one overriding value that guides both his foreign and domestic policy. Barack Obama is most concerned with doing what is right for the country. For example, Obama caught tons of flak from the left when he agreed to extend the Bush tax cuts in exchange for an unemployment benefits extension, but he was doing what he thought was right. Obama caught hell from all sides for the debt ceiling deal, but the president put preventing default ahead of his political standing. He was doing what he thought was right.
People can disagree on what is the right thing to do, but no one should doubt Obama’s sincere belief in doing what he thinks is best for the country. Because of this belief in doing what is right for the country, Obama has thrown away the Bush Doctrine and substituted his own policy that upholds American values and minimizes the use of ground troops.
The Bush Doctrine has been replaced by the smarter, stronger, and more effective Obama Doctrine.