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I was on Russia Today yesterday to debate various issues like Libya, Syria, international order, etc.
Here are some post-interview thoughts:
There was disagreement over whether President Obama quickly called on Assad to step down. The Syrian revolution is usually understood to have started on March 15, though I would argue that large protests in Damascus the previous month were a tipping point.
President Obama did not call on Assad to step down until August 18. On March 27, Secretary of State Clinton was calling Assad a “reformer.”
As for Libya, I don’t believe that the war was over by the time NATO intervened. Qaddafi’s forces were right on the edge of Benghazi, a fact that is easily verifiable through surveillance aircraft and satellites. It would have been a bloody massacre and I find it hard to believe that Qaddafi is the type of forgiving individual that would let bygones be bygones.
Click here to read an article I wrote explaining why I favored the intervention in Libya. Since Qaddafi’s overthrow, we’ve discovered that he had hidden stockpiles of WMD. The Muslim Brotherhood suffered a surprising and huge loss in the election. More Libyans look favorably upon America than Canadians do.
Yes, there are troubles in Libya, but the perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of the good. We did the right thing by coming to the rescue of those who fought for freedom from dictatorship and giving the Libyan people a chance to determine their own course.
There are obstacles to overcome and there will be bumps in the road. Unsavory characters will have good days. But democracy is a process, not an endpoint. And I’m proud that the U.S. helped open the door for the process to begin. It’s now up to the Libyans to keep it going.