My predictions from this morning are coming true. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) thanks France and argues that the death of Qaddafi shows that President Obama is leading from behind.
â€œTodayâ€™s not a day to point fingers,â€ the right-wing Florida senator said. â€œIâ€™m glad itâ€™s all working out. Ultimately this is about the freedom and liberty of the Libyan people. But letâ€™s give credit where credit is due: itâ€™s the French and the British that led in this fight, and probably even led on the strike that led to Gadhafiâ€™s capture, and, or, you know, to his death.
â€œSo, thatâ€™s the first thing. The second thing is, you know, I criticize the president, for, he did the right things, he just took too long to do it and didnâ€™t do enough of it.â€
McCain appeared on CNN this morning and said, â€œI think the [Obama] administration deserves credit, but I especially appreciate the leadership of the British and French in this in carrying out this success.â€
Unreal. But to be fair, McCain also said “I think the administration deserves great credit.”
Mark Landler and David Leonhardt have a different take in the New York Times:
The death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is the latest victory for a new American approach to war: few if any troops on the ground, the heavy use of air power, including drones and, at least in the case of Libya, a reliance on allies.
Only a few months ago, the approach had few fans: not the hawks in Congress who called for boots on the ground, not the doves who demanded a pullout and not the many experts who warned of a quagmire. Most pointedly, critics mocked President Obama for â€œleading from behind,â€ a much-repeated phrase that came from an unnamed administration official in an article in The New Yorker.
But the last six months have brought a string of successes. In May, American commandos killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. In August, Tripoli fell, and Colonel Qaddafi fled. In September, an American drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a top Qaeda operative and propagandist, in Yemen. And on Thursday, people were digesting images of the bloodied body of Colonel Qaddafi, an oppressive strongman who spent decades flaunting his pariah status.
Get this —
Senator Mark Steven Kirk, Republican of Illinois, added, in a statement, referring to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, â€œThe administration, especially Secretary Clinton, deserve our congratulations.â€
It’s like their lips would fall off if they said anything nice about President Obama. Of course, primary credit should go to Egyptians, I would think.