Muammar Qadhafi killed in another political kudo for Obama
After enduring years of Republican attacks for a feckless and weak foreign policy, Obama has scored a couple of dramatic victories abroad in recent months.
In May, U.S. Navy SEALs killed Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden in a daring nighttime raid inside Pakistan.
And just last month, a U.S. drone strike in Yemen killed Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Islamic militant viewed as a key recruiter of terror operatives for Al Qaeda affiliates.
Today, Muammar Qadhafi’s killing comes seven months after Obama and European leaders launched a military campaign, eventually headed up by NATO. The NATO effort carried out thousands of air strikes aimed at protecting the rebels from Qadhafi’s regime and his loyalists.
Republican presidential hopefuls have criticized Obama from all sides of the Libya issue — arguing that he acted too slowly and deferred to U.S. allies, that he ramped up the effort without adequate explanation, and that he shouldn’t have acted at all.
One of the Republican’s major foreign policy voices, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has criticized Obama for not acting more aggressively in Libya, quickly bestowed praise. “It is a great day. I think the administration deserves great credit,” McCain said on CNN.
After 42 years in power, Qadhafi went into hiding on August 21 with the fall of Tripoli to opposition forces. According to reports, several members of his family fled the country several weeks ago.