Ken Collins: Obama track record


Not a single GOP hopeful gave a nod to President Barack Obama and his Libyan policy. Fox News and friends could only pick at it for taking so long. Six months, but not a single American hurt. About $1 billion in cost for a favorable outcome. I guess they prefer the $4 billion a month and 4,000-plus American deaths that President George W. Bush got us into. 

Fox News even found a retired general who said if Obama had done it right, six weeks would have been enough. Where did we hear that before? Oh yeah, Dick Cheney, of such a long and distinguished military career, said six weeks and we’d be greeted as liberators in Baghdad. 

Obama has changed the way the U.S. will deal with international strife. A true coalition that does not leave us “owning” a country. He helped NATO and Europe. It could not have been done without America’s air support and no soldier was in harm’s way. 

Obama is getting quite a track record in foreign affairs. His hands-off policy in Egypt and his Libyan tactic and the present Syrian call-down are a far cry from what Bush, Bachmann, Palin, McCain and so many “hawks” have been hawking. There are no grieving military families in this conflict and no body bags secreted back home. The GOP used to claim that it was the party of foreign affairs, but Obama has taken that mantle from them. 

Ken Collins

Oak Creek


exduffer 5 years, 7 months ago

If I recall correctly, the USA was not the lead on this. Italy, France and the UK had to come begging for the resources to initiate this.


seeuski 5 years, 7 months ago

Why and what was the reason for creating this "Arab Spring" for which the USA is on the hook for some $50 billion or so dollars? The Muslim Brotherhood and Obama's promise, that is the reason. I do love how we now see the neo hawks enjoying the joystick war of bombing indiscriminately when these same tactics were so abhorred by the left under the former Hawk POTUS. We have yet to see the full ramifications of taking down the leaders throughout the Arab World, but I am sure Ken Collins is glad he has come out and endorsed this new course of action known as "The Arab Spring", you own it now Ken, will check back in from time to time to see how your saviour is doing with it.


George Fargo 5 years, 7 months ago

I think you are right on, Ken. What was suspected to be Obama's weak spot has turned out to be one of his success stories. And he actually got bin Laden with an inexpensive, surgical strike. I do wish he would get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan quicker, but he obviously sees more deeply into the situation than I do. Unfortunately, it is a lot easier to get into these fights than to dig your way out.

Of course, the opposition has to find fault with whatever he does. They could not admit he is doing anything right, but the muted and weak criticism speaks loudly.


sledneck 5 years, 7 months ago

Gee, if "one of Obama's success stories" is his war on Libya then he must be stinkin it up pretty good on all other fronts.

No congressional approval. No defined mission. No funding. And he got Bin Laden by ordering an assination in a soverign country. Wonder if any of that would be considered a "success story" for Mr Bush.

I wonder if Mr. Bush "saw more deeply into the situation" than gaf does?????

What a total bunch of suckers. Bush and Obama are twins and you guys see such stark differences.

Gitmo is still open. The patriot act is stronger than under Bush. We are still warring in Iraq and Afghanistan and have added Libya and Yemen and yet you smurfs see the same glass as now half full. Idiots.


exduffer 5 years, 7 months ago

The hard line he took on Iran sure seemed to do wonders.


seeuski 5 years, 7 months ago

While you are giving out kudos to the oh so strong Obama, why when the Green Revolution in Iran was in full swing and the Iranian Regime was slaughtering those innocent people in the street did Obama do nothing? Say nothing? Because this has nothing to do with freedom and Democracy but all to do with the Muslim Brotherhood and the Iranian Regime is part of the Caliphate movement they are working towards. This is too much for Ken though, as he can only boil it down to how great Obama's new Foreign Policy is working towards some imaginary goal. Why Libya now? Why Yemen? Why Tunisia? Why Egypt? Why the harsh stance against the only true Democracy in the Middle East? The answers are there for you if you want them Ken.


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