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Does Obama Dither?

March 18, 2011, 6:58 AM
In the wake of the UN Security Council's vote for a no-fly zone above Libya, President Obama's leadership is again under question: "How typical of US leadership — Obama-style. Washington dithered for weeks as the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, the United Kingdom, France, Neptune and Pluto led the way. US officials agreed to move only after a dozen rebel-held cities were shelled into submission. ...The disquieting truth is that the president seems unable to deal quickly and decisively with breaking global events. ...Obama's single biggest burden seems to be the mantle of the presidency itself — particularly on the world stage."

Does Obama Dither?

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