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My First Thought: Demand Gadhafi to Leave
I will be brief and to the point on this, I am disappointed in the president’s current handling of Libya. His whole strategy is not a cohesive or unified one. Yesterday, he talked to French President Nicholas Sarkozy, who said they would call a U.N.S.C. meeting to look into the matter. Then, Obama announced Hillary Clinton would go to Geneva to talk to European diplomats about how to solve the problem. Finally, he wants to have Libya expelled from the U.N. Human Rights Council, which is already a joke anyway. Essentially, the president has done nothing but call meetings and ask Libya to leave an organization which will have no impact on its standing as a pariah state anyway. With Egypt, the president did not need to ask Hosni Mubarak to go right away because he was an ally and no one knew how long the protests would last. But with Libya, the U.S. has an entirely different relationship with the country and has a moderate contempt for Gadhafi.
The way I see it is that Gadhafi does not like the U.S. and will not listen to what we say anyway or care what actions we take. If the president decides to impose sanctions, Gadhafi’s response will be “bring it on.” Instead, the Obama should just ask Gadhafi to leave. He will most likely be forced to do that anyway and these other steps seem pointless. I ask the president to be tougher on Gadhafi and just be on the side of the protesters.
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Figures from the Economist and Gallup