Hillary Clinton said to the U.N. Security Council , “It is time for Gaddafi to go -- now,” echoing the words of her boss.
Teddy Roosevelt spoke softly but carried a big stick. The current administration screams shrilly but does nothing to enforce its pronouncements. If we really want him to leave, we should send him some special forces to retrieve him instead of wasting time shouting to the U.N.
The article also says:
Clinton said exile was one option for Gaddafi, but he must still be held accountable for the violence of the crackdown.
"We want the violence to end. If the violence could be ended by his leaving and ending the killing of so many people who are trying to assert their rights, that might be a good step," she said. "But of course, we believe accountability has to be obtained for what he has done."
In other words, Gaddafi has no incentive to leave, because leaving means facing trial and spending the rest of his life in prison, or worse. If we really want him to leave peacefully, we need to incentivize him by offering him a pleasant retirement on some island, and allow him to keep a enough assets so he can enjoy the last years of his life.
The Obama administration has been one huge foreign policy disaster.
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I’m not the only person to notice that Gadaffi is actually a sort of cool guy. Here are some comments from Steve Sailer’s blog.
Le Sigh said:
I'm almost embarrassed to say that I like he's putting up a fight, not just meekly stepping down like Mubarak did.
Kadaffi is the Keith Moon of international politics.
Rather than being wholly 'bad', Kadaffi is 'mad' in the devil-may-care, outrageous, over blown schoolboy sense that Keith Moon exemplified - you know the type of kid who actually had the balls to set fire to the school and not give a damn, only Kadaffi blows up airliners for his 'practical jokes'.
The analogy would be better if the anonymous commenter compared Gadaffi to someone people have actually heard of.
Don't forget the all-female bodyguard team (and the cohort of Ukranian nurses) to add to the eccentric colour.
Another Anonymous said…
I gotta root for anyone in the modern era who tells the international elitist commentariat & the professional brow-furrowers in the diplomatic corps to go shove it.