Tripoli has been surrounded and its supplies lines cut by rebel forces. The days of Muammar Gaddafi appear to be numbered, and numbered on one hand at that. Obama stands on the threshold of another foreign policy victory, a victory accomplished without a single American casualty. What does this mean for foreign policy?

What Ronald Reagan could not do, Obama will accomplish without a single American casualty- the ouster of Muammar Gaddafi. According to NBC News, Tripoli is surrounded, its supply lines cut, and Gaddafi is supposedly in negotiations to leave for Tunisia. Now, whether Gaddafi is actually negotiating could easily be disinformation. That kind of planted story could undermine a leader under pressure. In any case, while the ultimate fate of Gaddafi remains to be determined- exile in Tunisia, or justice at the hands of his countrymen- his long rule appears to be at an end.

Obama will do what Bush could not do; he will accomplish the overthrow of a tyrant without American casualties, with full international cooperation, and with Libyan deaths limited- at least, in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis. It will be a stunning victory for the Obama administration, for Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and others, a victory attained without expending hundreds of billions of dollars charged on the national credit card.

What no one came close to doing in the past, Obama seems about to achieve: bringing democracy and representative governments to the Middle East. Tunisia, Egypt, and now Libya is about to make the leap, and toss out authoritarian governments.

So! Early congratulations are in order for Obama, Hillary Clinton, the military, and perhaps most of all, the CIA and other intelligence agencies. No one talks about it, but none of this would have happened without you guys. Well done.

Next up, Assad in Syria.


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