Giving the people a say in the management of their country's hydrocarbons doesn't mean they will necessarily choose to export more of that fuel to you.
The Libyan historical and spiritual heritage dominating the anti-Gaddafi campaign has drawn on precedents that could not be more distant from the radicalism of al Qaeda.
When the Raiders chose Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor yesterday in the supplemental draft, you probably went "duh." No player has been too troubled or overrated for the black and silver to take a flyer on.
The Middle East is a confusing place. Whenever I have guests from abroad and try to explain our crazy situation -- they lose track after 10-15 minutes...
What indeed to do when Gaddafi has gone? The most pressing challenge would be security. Afghanistan and Iraq are examples: there the failure to maintain public order has plunged these countries in a semi civil war status.
With what seems to be the end of the era of Gaddafi's reign, we should take a moment and remember the good times, rather than focus on all the bad, l...
In a way, the basic idea of the U.S. "leading from behind" makes a lot of sense if it means that Washington encourages regional players to protect their own direct strategic interests in a way that does not require direct U.S. military intervention.
Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year dictatorship is hanging by a thread, most of his family is either under arrest or in exile, and rebels are celebrating their impending victory in virtually every village, town and Tripoli neighborhood. It's like Iraq in March 2003. But things in Iraq changed quickly. We know from that experience that now isn't the time for celebration. If the Libyan people don't learn from the mistakes the U.S. made in Iraq, they could repeat the violence that has wracked that country for the past eight years. In short, it's a time to worry about Libya's future.
It's time for Obama's neoconservative critics to acknowledge his leadership success on foreign policy, especially on Libya. Why? Because Obama has done what his most ardent foreign policy critics have failed to do: he has ushered in a new era in the Arab world.
Internally displaced persons in areas now controlled by NTC forces need immediate protection. Dark-skinned Libyans face particular risks, because they have frequently been accused of fighting as pro-Gaddafi mercenaries from other African countries.
Barack Obama's gamble in providing limited support for a conflict in Libya, in which other countries played lead roles, now seems like a winning move.
As the world searches for Gaddafi's whereabouts, a day of reckoning must arrive for all the Westerners who supported him and kept him in power.
Once Muammar Gaddafi and whatever remnants of his regime are routed from his bunker, what will the coming weeks and months mean for Libya? Let me venture several predictions.
Although President Barack Obama's 2009 Cairo address to the Islamic world was designed to invigorate U.S.-Arab relations, America's capricious policies in the face of pro-democracy uprisings in the Middle East have betrayed his words.
Sen. John McCain has exhibited personal courage, but his geopolitical judgment is uniformly awful. Over the last 30 years there has been no war or potential war that he has opposed.