Obama’s Moral Failure in Libya; The Shrinking President

In March of this year the middle east and Hoover Institute scholar Fouad Ajami gave William Bennett his take on the criticism of the role President Obama was taking with Libya. In view of Gadhafi’s death and the excellent opinion piece Ajami wrote for the Wall Street Journal today, we have included his comments. As Fouad Ajami reflects on Gadhafi’s death and the conflict in Libya he says “The U.S. needn’t dispatch our forces to all lands of trouble, but our burden of celebrating liberty on foreign shores endures.” – DSMW

“I would personally escalate the criticism of President Obama,” Ajami said. The president has become the “quiet American,” standing behind the British, the French, and even the Italians in condemning Qaddafi. There are options (like recognizing a new provisional government) that Obama could, but so far won’t, exercise. The president “doesn’t want his fingerprints on this story.” He has “outsourced his statements” to others. And this is not only a moral failure; it is a geopolitical one as well.

“Wouldn’t we want the moral credit and the gratitude of the Libyans in the future?” Ajami asks.

Standing with the Libyan people in their hour of need would benefit America’s standing in that nation and in the wider world. But we have as our commander in chief, Ajami speculates, a man who loves the adoration of the crowd but is unable to make the “strategic and moral choices on behalf of this great American republic.” And what we have gotten is not a leader but “almost like the shrinking president.”