|Tripole (Libya) in the midst of chaos|
In a March 23, 2011 statement that continues to exist at "whitehouse.gov," Obama brags about his timely course of action as he envisions this Libyan result:
"Last month, Qaddafi’s grip of fear appeared to give way to the promise of freedom. In cities and towns across the country, Libyans took to the streets to claim their basic human rights. As one Libyan said, “For the first time we finally have hope that our nightmare of 40 years will soon be over.”
What he does not seen to know, and did not understand at the time, is this: such a policy only creates a vacuum into which, evil men move in and fill the void. A people need more than an innate thirst for basic human rights and equality, they need leadership. Leading from behind, in practice, is the absence of leadership and the gateway to chaos that will only be filled by evil, if we take a back seat to the world's changing socio-economy.
Update #2: Mayor Rudy has said, "If you are leading from behind, you are a follower."
In the end, Assad, with Russian backing, has been able to resist the take-over of his country, and, the resident evils of ISIS and its Syrian based allies.
Update #1: In concert with both the Syrian/Russian alliance and Iran, Egypt is now working to develop an alliance with Putin's Russia, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi traveling to Russia this coming week; all this while Obama continues to ignore Qatar as a qualified "friend" to the United States and Kurdistan in Northern Iraq, with its capital in Erbal and it's open invitation for U.S. occupation of the international airport outside of the capital. Before Obama is gone, these potential Middle East alliances could very well be "long" gone and Russia's newly found influence in the region, irreversible.
Consistent with his retreat in Iraq, Crimea, Ukraine, Afghanistan and Libya, as extensions of his "leading from behind" foreign policy, Obama does not react to the deaths of nearly 200,000 killed in Syria (and counting) nor, to Iran's nuclear advancements; he continues to refuse to label either the Taliban or Hamas as terrorist organizations, and wants folks to believe that the extraordinary unrest in the Middle East, has nothing to do with his Utopian fantasies, but is the fault of those governments closes to the several national disasters in the region.