Moammar Qaddafi is dead. Osama bin Laden is dead. Anwar al-Awlaki is dead.
What was it Republicans were saying about Barack Obama being soft on terror?
Qaddafi’s death is important, most of all, for the people of Libya. Who no longer have to live in fear of his murderous ways. And who now have a green light to build a new, democratic country of their own.
But it’s important also for the nations of NATO. Because it points the way to a new, more efficient, more successful way of going to war – if, indeed, it’s necessary to go to war.
Compare Iraq and Libya.
Iraq was almost entirely a U.S. operation, cost trillions of dollars, cost 5,000 American lives and has already dragged for eight and half years.
Libya was a UN operation, with no U.S. boots on the ground, cost shared by all NATO countries, with not one American life lost, and was over in seven months.
One was George Bush’s way of going to war.
The other is Barack Obama’s way of going to war.
Is there any doubt which one is better?
That’s my parting shot for today.