What Foreign Policy Successes?

By John W. Lillpop

The brutal death of dictator Muammar Gaddafi has prompted liberal pundits to promote the curious notion that President Obama, an unquestionable failure on domestic issues, has somehow achieved noteworthy successes when it comes to foreign policy.

Apart from being in the ‘right place at the right time’ just as Osama bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, and Gaddafi, were vanquished, just what great foreign policy success has Barack Obama achieved?

His military intervention into Libya was an illegal usurping of war-making authority consigned to Congress by the Constitution.

He willfully violated the terms of the War Powers Act which allows presidents to take limited military action on an emergency basis pending full review and approval by Congress.

He spent more than a billion dollars on a foreign conflict which does not involve any vital U.S. interest.

Where is the foreign policy success in all of that?

Moreover, in unilaterally waging war against Libya, President Obama has diverted precious resources from areas of the globe (Iran, Syria, etc.) where there are indeed vital American interests that must be protected.

To test the objectivity of the mainstream media when it comes to Barack Obama and his Libyan “success,” one should answer this question: What if George W. Bush had taken similar steps in another part of the world while in office?

The howls for W.’s blood would still be reverberating through the halls of Congress and in the news rooms of CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC!

Foreign policy successes? Humbug!