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Qaddafi’s Fall: No, Obama Was Not Right

Author: Elliott Abrams, Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies
August 22, 2011
National Review


With Qaddafi on the ropes, we should now focus on bringing down the last anti-American Arab tyrant. Assad's fall will show that the Arab Spring could not be defeated by shooting peaceful demonstrators, and would mean the huge strategic gain for the United States of depriving Hamas of its headquarters and above all depriving Iran of its only Arab ally, its Mediterranean ports in Syria, and its border with Israel via Hezbollah.

This should all be obvious, and few Americans outside the most orthodox Realpolitikers will lament Assad's passing. The real debate will be over whether the fall of Qaddafi vindicates Obama's policy. It does not. The question was never whether the United States, EU, NATO, Arab League, U.N. Security Council, and African Union could together using economic sanctions, diplomatic pressure, and military attacks bring Qaddafi down. The question was always how much time, how much blood, and what damage to NATO.

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