Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Obama doctrine

Moammar Gadhafi no longer controls eastern Libya, and unconfirmed reports indicate opposition forces have now seized the western city of Misurata. Witnesses say residents there were honking horns and waving pre-Gadhafi Libyan flags, and if true, it would be the first sign that Gadhafi is losing control of the country’s western half. Gunfire in the capital Tripoli reportedly remains intense, with Gadhafi loyalists apparently responding to the embattled autocrat’s speech Tuesday calling for his supporters to attack anti-government protesters “in their lairs.” At least 1,000 people are believed to have died since demonstrations against his regime broke out, and ominously the 68-year-old leader seems determined to stoke more violence, vowing Tuesday to fight to his “last drop of blood.”

If you're an American ally, such as Israel or Egypt, you will be held to strict standards of Western secular democracy.

If you're an American enemy, such as Iran or Libya or Cuba, feel free to gun down protesters and arrest dissenters, and you won't hear a peep from Obama's mouth for weeks.

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