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April 2, 2011

Foreign Policy Highlights

Obama aides find moral clarity in Libya's foggy war

"I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again," Susan Rice said about the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, "I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required." Now that Rice is U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and played a leading role in the Obama administration's decision to attack Libya, this passage from a 2001 Atlantic Monthly article is striking -- all the more so because the author was Samantha Power, now a special assistant to the president at the National Security Council.

Don't Arm Libyan Rebels: A Warning From House Intel Committee Chairman Mike Rogers
In a terse and strongly worded statement, the House Intelligence committee chairman says, essentially, he’s not going to play Charlie Wilson in the Libyan conflict. Arming the rebels in Libya the way we armed the rebels in Afghanistan during the 1980s, he says, would be a mistake.

Rubio takes the lead to support Obama's war in Libya
THE WEEKLY STANDARD has obtained the text of a letter freshman senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent tonight to the Senate majority and minority leaders. In it, Rubio proposes that the Senate authorize the president’s use of force in Libya, and that the authorization state that the aim of the use of force should be the removal of the Qaddafi regime. (The full text of the letter is below.) This is by far the boldest move Rubio has made—it’s perhaps the boldest move any freshman senator has made—in...

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