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So that’s what the innocuous phrase “No-fly Zone” means! We shoot your planes out the sky. Ka-boom! You’re dead. So while my friends go all anti-Obama over this thing, Ross Douthat explains why this new war doesn’t make the Commander-In-Chief another Dubya. It makes him another Clinton.

This is an intervention straight from Bill Clinton’s 1990s playbook, in other words, and a stark departure from the Bush administration’s more unilateralist methods. There are no “coalitions of the willing” here, no dismissive references to “Old Europe,” no “you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” Instead, the Obama White House has shown exquisite deference to the very international institutions and foreign governments that the Bush administration either steamrolled or ignored.

This way of war has obvious advantages. It spreads the burden of military action, sustains rather than weakens our alliances, and takes the edge off the world’s instinctive anti-Americanism. Best of all, it encourages the European powers to shoulder their share of responsibility for maintaining global order, instead of just carping at the United States from the sidelines.



  1. I don’t see much difference with “Cowboy” wars or “designer french boutique” wars. They are both unconstitutional wars. The power to go to war is delegated to Congress. No “hem and haw’in” on the right or the left. We have an imperial Presidency and republican or democrat or libertarian this is a really bad thing.

    You are making the same mistake as the Bushies. The principle is more important than the person. Kudos to Nader and Kucinch, they at least get this principle.

  2. Will Biden call for the impeachment of Obama?

    A bunch of fakes….

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