I saw this coming from a mile away. Actually, from two months away.
Obama insisted on a U.N. Security Council Resolution authorizing a no-fly zone in Libya. But the U.S. and NATO attacks on Libya have exceeded the U.N. mandate. What was hailed as a major diplomatic victory in fact laid the groundwork for future diplomatic failure.
On March 23, I predicted Long-Term Damage From Obama Exceeding U.N. Security Council No-Fly Resolution:
Seeking U.N. authorization, but then exceeding such authorization, has two negative results.
First, whatever purported legitimacy was conveyed by the U.N. Resolution has evaporated. We no longer are enforcing a no-fly zone or protecting civilians; we are engaging in regime change and taking sides in a civil war. We may like the result, but we should not delude ourselves into thinking such result was authorized by the U.N.
Second, we have damaged our ability to obtain U.N. Security Council resolutions in the future, when we actually might have vital national interests at stake. This makes helpful resolutions on Iran more difficult to obtain, as Russia and China will be hesitant to give us an inch in fear we will take a yard.
This whole scenario demonstrates the futility and false imagery of the Obama foreign policy.
And sure enough my prediction has come true. As the U.S. and Europeans seek Security Council action regarding the Syrian nuclear weapons program and brutal crackdown on protests, the Russians are using the abuse of the Libya Resolution as a justification for preventing Security Council action:
Diplomats said Russia was using the situation in Libya as a pretext to oppose United Nations action in Syria, arguing that NATO’s intervention in Libya, under a United Nations mandate to protect civilians, had spiraled out of control.
It may be that the bloodshed in Syria gets so bad that even the Russians do not stand in the way. But that will be no thanks to the Obama administration, which badly mishandled the situation by obtaining and then exceeding the U.N. Libya Resolution.
I saw it coming, why didn’t Obama, Hillary and Susan Rice?