The National Journal, which I love and have been addicted to since the 90s, has a great story on Obama’s foreign policy inconsistencies. In particular focus is the “all hands on deck” (ahem, Secretary Clinton) approach to Libya because of Qaddafi’s attacks on his own people versus Sudan, and how despite promises to the contrary – President Obama is not living up to the standard he set out as Candidate Obama.
Barack Obama was clear about the African leader who had turned his troops on his own people: The dictator was creating an unacceptable refugee and humanitarian crisis, Obama said. “When genocide is happening, when ethnic cleansing is happening somewhere around the world, and we stand idly by, that diminishes us. And so, I do believe that we have to consider it as part of our interests, our national interests, in intervening where possible.”
He went on to acknowledge that in a world full of violence, the United States cannot be everywhere. But it should be in certain places. “We could be providing logistical support, setting up a no-fly zone at relatively little cost to us, but we can only do it if we can help mobilize the international community and lead,” Obama said.
Please click through to read Rebecca Kaplan’s entire story. For insight, she taps Eric Reeves, one of the most admired researchers and journalists covering the Sudan Crisis, Sam Bell of Save Darfur / Genocide Intervention Network and yours truly. Also, follow Miss Kaplan on Twitter.