Obama Responds to the ‘Dithering’ Charge

by Daniel Foster

POTUS landed at least one clean punch on his critics in the NDU Libya speech. Those of us who knocked the president for waiting too long to act — “dithering” was the word most often used — were surely the targets of this bit, comparing the speed of the response in Libya to that in Bosnia in the 90s:

To summarize, then: in just one month, the United States has worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition, secure an international mandate to protect civilians, stop an advancing army, prevent a massacre, and establish a No Fly Zone with our allies and partners. To lend some perspective on how rapidly this military and diplomatic response came together, when people were being brutalized in Bosnia in the 1990s, it took the international community more than a year to intervene with air power to protect civilians.

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