Menu
Share
Share this story
Close X
 
Switch to Desktop Site

With Libya, is 'Obama doctrine' on war emerging?

Barack Obama entered the White House responsible for two wars he had inherited. Now, as Iraq winds down and Afghanistan drags on, he finds himself at the outset of possible US combat in Libya.

President Barack Obama makes a statement on Libya, Friday, March 18, 2011, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

AP Photo

About these ads

Barack Obama began his presidential term as commander-in-chief responsible for two wars he had inherited. Now, as Iraq winds down and Afghanistan drags on – both of which have uncertain futures – he finds himself at the outset of possible US combat in Libya.

As a result, while any “Obama doctrine” regarding the use of US military force has yet to be declared, one seems to be emerging.

Obama’s actions in this case have been deliberate, indicating a clear hesitance to be out front in yet another war in a Muslim country.

IN PICTURES: Qaddafi burns oil pipelines in Libya

He seemed to be listening closely to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and uniformed military leaders warning of what they saw as great difficulties in implementing a no-fly zone in Libya. Only when some Arab nations, plus major European powers, were ready to take on Muammar Qaddafi militarily did Obama indicate the same.

Next

Page 1 of 4


Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.

Loading...