Michael Totten

Now Get Qaddafi

President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of the US Donald Trump during the joint news conference following their meeting in Helsinki. (Sergey Guneev / Sputnik via AP)

President Barack Obama, thank heaven, did not ask permission from anyone to take down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. It would have been outrageous had he done so even if permission were granted. He knew it, too, which is why he didn’t dare. So it’s not clear why he seems to think we need permission or authorization from the United Nations to target Moammar Qaddafi in Libya.

It has been a long time since Qaddafi topped our enemies list, if in fact he ever did, but he’s awfully high on it now that NATO war planes are bombing his country. And the longer this stalemate in Libya drags on, the greater the likelihood that this will end badly for us and for Libya. Has it occurred to the White House and NATO commanders that Al Qaeda fighters, who already exist on the ground among the rebels in at least small numbers, may well flood the zone from all over the world as they did in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Bosnia, and Iraq?

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