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Next thing you know they'll be asking for human rights. Talk about a can of worms!
"We've been having this conversation for nearly four decades now." Vowing not to hand reform off to the next administration, Obama said, "I think the American people are tired of that. They're tired of talk."
Until recently, the United States has lacked a quick-reaction, kick-in-the-door crisis force. The 82nd Airborne is changing that, and with upheaval boiling across the Mideast, perhaps just in time.
The U.S. invasion of Iraq toppled Saddam Hussein, but it may have robbed Iraqis of eventually pursuing a home-grown victory. With Libya, U.S. officials remember such pitfalls of intervention.
Sir Howard Davies has stepped down as director of the London School of Economics amid disclosures about the university's controversial financial links with Libya.
The president stressed that any military action would be in consultation -- and coordination -- with the international community and would be in the Libyan people's 'best interests.'
Once Americans were safely out of Libya on Friday, the president quickly cracked down on Gadhafi, imposing economic sanctions and a freeze on $30 billion in assets.
A manual on how to transform dictatorships into democracies, written more than 25 years ago, resurfaces as the Mideast roils. Its message still resonates.
My heart breaks to see brave Libyans fall because of a corrupt leader. But I'm also gladdened to see such heroism and sacrifice. I suspect it's in our DNA, because you can find evidence in history, no matter how far back you go.
The Obama administration's deepening concern is that at least parts of Libya could collapse, joining Somalia and Yemen as places where al-Qaeda and its franchises are active and growing.
The London School of Economics, where Saif al-Islam Gadhafi earned two degrees, cuts ties with him and suspends a program financed by his charity.
And it's getting kinda crowded.
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