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Why is Obama giving Libya to the Russians?-Bolton

Posted by seumasach on July 21, 2011

There is no greater proof of the disastrous course of this war from a NATO point view than the fact that enemies of NATO such as ourselves are able to cite neo-cons like Bolton in defence of our case. His article is a futile rant against the inevitable ebbing of US power in the world.

But in the last four months, neither America nor its NATO allies have successfully identified and strengthened (quietly or otherwise), a truly significant cadre of pro-Western voices in Libya

This sums up the rebels: they are pro-Western but insignificant in terms of support from the Libyan people.


20th July, 2011

John R. Bolton, the 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations (from 2005 to 2006), is of counsel at Kirkland & Ellis and is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The opinions expressed here are his own —

WASHINGTON, July 20 (Reuters) – With President Obama’s Libya policy staggering from one embarrassment to another, last week he and Secretary of State Clinton outdid themselves. They publicly welcomed Russia’s effort to insert itself as a mediator, an act of such strategic myopia that it must leave even Moscow’s leadership speechless.

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