Every once in a while, an off the cuff remark will give the rest of us a behind the curtains peek at what makes the policymakers tick — good or bad. One of Obama’s closest security advisors recently gave us that glance on Libya and what is guiding the decision making. From the AP
Obama still faces questions about why Libya and not Yemen, or not Syria. One of his closest national security advisers, Denis McDonough, told reporters Monday that the administration doesn’t “get very hung up on this question of precedent.”
“We don’t make decisions about questions like intervention based on consistency or precedent,” McDonough said.
And what I personally hate is when something I said or have written comes back to bite me…..
In his pre-presidential book “The Audacity of Hope,” Obama said the U.S. will lack international legitimacy if it intervenes militarily “without a well-articulated strategy that the public supports and the world understands.”
He questioned: “Why invade Iraq and not North Korea or Burma? Why intervene in Bosnia and not Darfur?”
I’ll ask National Security Analyst Frank Gaffney about it when I interview him for this week’s “The Facts.”