As mentioned earlier, the Obama administration and media are touting Gaddafi’s overthrow as a great foreign policy victory.
But Gaddafi’s body has hardly gone cold, and Libya already has a strict Islamist government, see all the links at Memeorandum. Andrew Sullivan also rounds up some of the related horrors, such as the execution of pro-Gaddafi civilians.
NATO’s military and special forces disposed of a tyrant by exceeding the U.N. mandate, under the guise of protecting civilians. And the result is not a wind of freedom blowing across the North African desert, but likely generations of religious tyranny.
Just like in Egypt, we were very good at forcing out the tyrant, but completely negligent in helping plan the future which would result from our actions.
I’m not sure how much more of these types of victories we can stand.