Lead from behind or leave that strategy behind in Libya?
Refueling of a fighter jet during the Libya mission
October 21st, 2011
06:22 PM ET

Lead from behind or leave that strategy behind in Libya?

By CNN’s Adam Levine

Moammar Gadhafi is defeated, the last of Libya’s cities are under rebel control, and NATO is seeking to ends its involvement by the end of the month.

The Obama administration is touting the Libya mission as a model of success, one in which the U.S. supports a mission but lets others, in this case NATO and the Libyan rebels, take the lead. Or, as they are calling it in Washington, “leading from behind.”

"This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has been in the past," Vice President Joe Biden told a crowd in New Hampshire on Thursday.  "This is an example of how the world is beginning to work together a little bit better. A lot of problems out there, but this is what’s going on.

"We don't have to do it ourselves," Biden told CNN's Candy Crowley in an interview to air Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

"The NATO alliance worked like it was designed to do: burden sharing," Biden said. "No American lives lost.

Biden said the Libya mission contrasts with other NATO missions where the U.S. has really carried the burden, like Afghanistan.

A former top aide to the NATO secretary-general said the mission proved that the U.S. does not have to take the lead.

"European partners stepped up to the plate, showing NATO works, and also showed the alliance is effective in including air partners in this operation, a key ingredient to success," said Damon Wilson, now executive vice president at the Atlantic Council think tank.

However, as effective as the mission was, Wilson said it isn't necessarily a solution for other conflict areas. Libya had specific circumstances, including an Arab League request for international help, strong support in the U.N. Security Council and leadership from the French president and British prime minister.

"I don't think Libya offers a neat model how this will play out in the rest of the Middle East," Wilson said, but it does show leaders in countries like Syria and Yemen that they can negotiate a handing-off of authority "or they may face a more bleak future."

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Friday that the whole conflict could have ended much earlier had the U.S. taken a stronger role.

"If we'd used the full weight of American air power, we wouldn't have the thousands of dead and wounded," the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee told CNN's “American Morning.”

The Libya situation was a confluence of events that made “leading from behind” easier for the U.S., said James Carafano, defense expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

"We can do that in a situation like this because you don't really have a dog in the fight. The U.S. didn't have a significant security interest in Libya," Carafano said Friday. "It's like leading from behind in your friend's divorce."

The U.S. certainly took the lead at the outset before it handed control to NATO and had to provide significant support including refueling, intelligence assets and even missiles to strapped partners. With all that expense - more than a billion dollars spent by the U.S. - Carafano said that things would have become trickier if the British and French disagreed on how to handle the mission.

"We had a situation where the U.S. was paying for everything and the U.S. liked what they were doing. Well, how often does that happen?" Carafano asked.

Carafano said that for the all the talk about a new model, it really is the same approach the U.S. took at the outset of the Afghanistan war.

"When you strip all the politics out of this, what is the difference between what we did here and what we did inAfghanistan in the first phase?" Carafano observed.  "The answer is kind of not much. The difference is the amount of NATO involvement up front."

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    October 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  3. BillCrap

    Someone in these comments said Bachman didn't know Libya is in Africa??? What a shame!?!?! Does she know where in the world USA is?

    October 23, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  4. Beverly NC

    The sheer stupidity and ignorance of the facts of the whole Libya situation is stunning. This illustrates the Republican decision not to care or even know where other countries are located, who their leaders are, or the status of that nation. Michele Bachmann showed what a fool she is in the last debate by not knowing Libya was in Africa.

    We have reached a new phase in foreign policy. We do not war monger, send in troops, and destroy other countries like the Bush/Cheney/McCain failed plans of ancient times. We are not only a global economy but a global society and we do not attack other nations with the weakest of reason or thought or lies as they did.

    Being a leader, being strong, being an example does not mean bombs, guns, soldiers in harms way and destruction of other nations' infrastructure. It means intelligent diplomacy, sanctions, a "global" threat of force that is not just laid upon the shoulders of the U.S.

    The Egyptian people and the Libyian people ASKED for our help in overthrowing their cruel and people-destroying dictators. We, as the leader of the world, went to the UN, went to the Arab League (since these are Arab nations), and to our Allies and gathered agreement we should ALL help Egypt and Libya. We DID LEAD. We were the POWER behind both liberation efforts. It was a brilliant way to take out these dictators. It cost us NO soldier deaths. It cost us 9 months vs 10 years. It cost 1 Billion instead of 1 TRILLION.

    The result is President Obama has ended the reign of the Somali pirates, killed Osama bin Laden and all his top aides, weakened Al Qaeda significantly, ended the reign of Mubarak, of Gadhaffi and soon Assad in Syria, Tunesia is holdiing its first free elections. Yemen is becoming more isolated and will likely fall.

    The resullt – total success for all these nations in 1 year, no American deaths, and these nations and their people LOVE the United States and are thanking us and cheering us. We are now far safer than we ever were under the lying war-loving Bush folly. The Arab League has respect for the United States and is far more likely to work with us than grow terrorist cells that hate us.

    President Obama has ended the fraudulent Bush war in Iraq where 4 thousand soldiers died and 32, 000 were wounded and where hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens were killed. A war where we broke international laws on torture and Cheney bragged about it. A war that recruited new terrorists for bin Laden. A war that has left Iraq hating the U.S. and now so weak – Iran will have the upper hand. Cheney wanted the Iraq War because he thought he could go easily steal their oil his company, Haliburton – who had the most defense contracts in Iraq. See any corrupt and illegal action there?

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    October 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      What a load of tripe. Do you actually expect people to believe that crap. NATO bombed Libya back into the stone age. Your f...ing rant is ridiculous. Obama and his policies are going down in 2012, and none to soon.

      October 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Reply
      • BillCrap

        You the the crap, Bill! You know nothing THREE TIMES!!! Just look at your fingers, three times point at yourself!

        October 23, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
      • SOSEZME

        BILL, YOU ARE SUCH A RIGHT-WINGNUT. ONCE AGAIN YOU TRY TO HIDE THE TRUTH BY NAME CALLING AND "JUST BECAUSE YOU SAY SO" BULL S**T. YOU PROBABLY ARE NOT EVEN PART OF THE 1%, WHICH MEANS YOU HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED AND ARE NOT INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO REALIZE IT. SO SORRY FOR YOU. REAL AMERICANS WILL ALWAYS QUESTION OUR GOVT AND ITS POLICIES; BECAUSE THAT IS HOW PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS EVOLVE. AND, IM SORRY, BUT EVOLUTION IS THE WAY HUMANS BECAME SMART ENOUGH THAT WE ARE ABLE TO EVEN BEGIN TO THINK ABOUT SOMETHING OTHER THAN FINDING FOOD AND HAVING SEX.

        October 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • epicism

      This is a fair synopsis. While both democrats and republicans are responsible for creating our situation (which has been some 30 years in the making) it seems to me that the democrats have the best vision for the future of our country, whereas the GOP prefers to suggest that we are utterly doomed.

      The fact is our problems are largely economic, and only congress has the authority to fix them. It's nice to cite the President's failure, but there's not much he can do about it due to separation of powers. Congress must act. Use tools like OpenCongress to learn about your three representatives, and what they're doing on your behalf. Only an informed vote in 2012 can fix what ails us.

      October 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Nathan

      BRAVO!

      October 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • Archer

      lol, you are kidding right? What a joke...hardly worthy of a response. US foreign policy and economic policy for that matter are like two rudderless ships in the water.

      October 24, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
  5. LostInSpace

    Of course the fact that Libya has oil that Europe needs had nothing to do with the European response, it's just a "happy" coincidence.

    October 23, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Reply
  6. Samuel

    Bear,

    It appears you dont read and comprehend very well. It is not a model or example of others conflicts. Just another plan...
    Not all conflicts will be "lead from behind "

    October 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  7. BJ Bell

    McCain should "just go away", he's such an old idiot - and I'll never forgive him for opening Pandora's box and unleashing Sarah Palin on us.

    October 23, 2011 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • AC

      Amen to that,brother!

      October 23, 2011 at 9:37 am | Reply
    • BillCrap

      II agree, he is such a loser. He tried to think he is a hero by being imprisoned in Vietnam during the war.

      October 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Reply
      • Archer

        Actually you are quite the idiot Bill(fullof)Crap. First of all being a POW and meeting the Code of Conduct does make one a hero except perhaps to losers like yourself who likely are too cowardous to even serve in the military (But do not feel bad and I am sure you do not because the military does not need your type. But McCain went beyond that he turned down release offered to him by the North Vietnam and stayed with the other POWs. Quite a display of honor which you undoubtedly know nothing about.

        October 24, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  8. bear

    tell me, if everyone wants to now lead from behind, who will lead from the front on really tough situations like iran or syria?

    MY POINT? THE LEFT COMES UP WITH ALL THESE NEW FP FETISHES TO GIVE OBAMA PROTECTION....its just so bloody stupid....now the whole media is latching onto this stupid lead from behind theory as an actual foreign policy philosophy and I think its insane and dangerous.

    October 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Annie Rand

      Bear, I couldn't agree more.REAL leaders aren't afraid to commit the full might and glory of American shock and awe, and when a REAL leader wins a decisive victory he doesn't announce it modestly in a sissy press conference, he prances around an aircraft carrier in an Air Force jumpsuit like the fifth member of the Village People pumping his fist in the air and shouting "Mission Accomplished!" And when the terrorists threaten our men and women in uniform he looks them straight in the eye and says "Bring it on!" Most importantly, he NEVER admits a mistake. This is REAL leadership. 2012 can't come fast enough!!!!!!!!

      October 23, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Reply
      • SOSEZME

        ANNIE, I'LL BELIEVE THAT WHEN I SEE YOU ONE THE FRONT LINES IN FULL COMBAT GEAR LEADING THE CHARGE WITH YOUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN-STEP WITH YOU. UNTIL THEN JUST FADE AWAY, PLEASE.

        October 23, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  9. Panga C

    is there a word of shame for americans, NO, it doesnot exist in their dictionary. Its just another crime and global terrorism in US list....it would be great to see how history remembers this......someone, someday will spill the truth.

    October 23, 2011 at 8:15 am | Reply
    • Chris, Austin

      Actually, we do have a word for shame – it's "shame." For example: "Shame on John McCain, a man who comments on world events but can't tell shi'a from sunni without Joe Lieberman there to whisper it in his ear." Or, "Shame on Panga C for poor grammar and hysterical remarks." See, we have a word for shame, we have a word for justice, and we have a word for leadership. And, as the Libyan action shows, we not only have a word for restraint, we actually understand what it means.

      October 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  10. Gino

    I Understand " IT'S NOT HUMAN TO KILL " the way was done to Gaddhafy, IT'S NOT RIGHT FOR ALL OF US, BUT, i am 72 yrs. old , i was in in Europe for vacation, ,20-25 yrs ago, and some PILOTS and airplanes workers just back from Trpoli, LYBIA, COMMENTING: Lybian military airplanes full of chained prisoners living Tripoli for another Lybian city, and would take 30-40 minutes OVER THE OCEAN, to deliver the prisoners and take another 30-40 minutes to come back plus delivery time, BUT, the military airplane was coming back in 30 -35 minutes EMPTY, WHERE THE PRISONERS WENT ? ARE SOME LYBIAN FAMILIES STILL WAITING FOR THEIR LOVED ONES ? WAS THAT HUMAN ? WAS ONE OF THOSE PRISONER'S RELATIVE THAT KILLED GADDHAFY ? ONLY GOD KNOWS, Gino.

    October 23, 2011 at 6:55 am | Reply
  11. Harmad

    So called superpower America and its allies are killing Iron Man's who are vocal and wage war againsts Americans imperialism. Actually America attacked Libya for oil and wealth and killed their foe iron man Moammar Gadhafi.One day the people of Libya will realise what wrong they have done.Then they have nothing to do but repent.

    October 23, 2011 at 4:07 am | Reply
    • Terence

      BLAH BLAH BLAH
      If we ONLY wanted the oil, we'd KEEP Gaddafi. He was certainly willing to sell all the oil he can. He was becoming the perfect Puppet Dictator..... Killing all the Muslim/Al Quada.... Stopping all the Illegals into Europe.... Gave up his WMDs....Perfect.
      No, It wasn't about the OIL.

      October 23, 2011 at 7:40 am | Reply
    • Beverly NC

      How embarrassing how stupid most of your comments are? You must be listening to the Bachman and Cain – we don't know where these countries are nor care- foreign policy ignorance.
      We did NOT attack Libya. The Libyian PEOPLE ASKED US FOR OUR HELP and we and the UN and our Allies and even the Arab League responded with help to bring down their dictator. NOT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER was hurt. It took 9 months for TOTAL SUCCESS instead of 10 years of TOTAL FAILURE IN IRAQ, 4000 DEAD SOLDIERS, 32,000 INJURED and Iraq who now hates us for the fraud war Bush waged on them.
      President Obama has been brilliant – ended the Somali pirate problem, got Osama bin Laden and all his top aides, brought down Mubarak, Gadhaffi, brought free elections to Tunesia, and isolated Syria where Assad is likely to fall, has isolated Yemen and cut off their weapons and earned us the LOVE and CHEERING CROWDS OF THESE NATIONS !! We are now SAFER and have the respect of the world for what we have accomplished with such great skill in such a short time and with little money.
      Go learn some facts, stop listening to bitter and lying Republicans who failed at all these things before, and be proud America can be a world leader without deadly and old and outdated war mongering tactics.

      October 23, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
      • truthspeaks

        The Libyan people didnt ask for help, the NTC, rebels the terrorists because they couldnt fight on there own,.President Obama has been brilliant – ended the Somali pirate problem, got Osama bin Laden? lol you have to be joking! where the hell is proof that bin laden was killed in the raid? sorry but i just cant simply trust the words from proven known lying politicians, sadly i didnt see gaddafi how he was a threat to America or to any puppet state countries in the EU.

        Libya's Military was weak, and what was that you call Obama brilliant? lol what the heck is wrong with you? he went to the UN asking them for approval without a congress debate or vote.

        You call that brilliant? oh yea? well Obama is also a war monger aswell.
        The new Libya now is already pushing the Islamic law just google it if you dont believe me.

        October 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  12. John

    Leading from behind? Non sense. The big armies and occupations and conquests era ended with Romans. The USA should empower and support these who want democracy. Be the best player on the team that never loses. whether a captain or the wide receiver. Iraq war could have ended with Desert Storm if the same Libya strategy was taken then. The afghanistan war could have ended with the northern alliance in kabul if the Allies decided not to occupy. Americans need to learn to be the most important player which they are, but realize that it's a team work.

    October 23, 2011 at 2:57 am | Reply
    • Chris, Austin

      Nice, John. Wherever you are, thank you.

      October 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • BillCrap

      Oh, yeah?!? Is that the reason why Saddam Hussein stayed longer and laugh at the older Bush saying he was still in power while the older Bush wasn't reelected? Read some more!

      October 23, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  13. Jon

    Honestly, it's stupid to say that this strategy is how we're going to do things from now on. Truth is, every military situation is different. Libya represented a chance to do something that looked right, and we took it. It's really just that simple.

    October 23, 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply
    • BillCrap

      I totally agree! Syria is different scenario. They don't fighting rebels, only people with no arms to defend themselves!

      October 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  14. GalacticCannibal

    Well at least the NATO war planes ended this Libyan WAR in less than 3 months. Unlike our US WAR planes who are still bombing IRAQ and Afghanistan 8 and 10 years later.What does that tell you. Our massive American Military business needs prolonged WARS to keep that profit coming for share holders .

    October 22, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • jay

      Don't be rediculous. The share holders are American themselves. And the cost of waging these wars are American taxpayers. Money does make the world go round, as they say.

      October 23, 2011 at 7:08 am | Reply
  15. Pimpson

    LMAO. More like take credit for something you had zero to do with after it's already done.

    October 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  16. JJ44

    @hawaiidude. The US doesn't get oil form Libya nor are we likely to for the same reason China doesn't. Positioned in the Med Libya sells oil to Europe. Libya oil output and its goods importation will be with trade with Europe as it has been for years. The US policy was NOT motivated by Libyan oil, despite easy answers needed by people such as yourself

    October 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
    • JiminNM

      Libya did not have a central bank and refused to play in the New World Order game. Libya wanted to remain a sovereign nation. Libya was economically strong and managing its economy better than America is managing its economy. Gaddafi was unifying Africa and was preparing to establish a unified Africa, much like the European Union, with a single currency based upon the gold standard. Unified Africa would then sell its natural resources for gold and not dollars. Those are the reasons America orchestrated the attack on Libya. All the other excuses are outright lies. Libya was about to whip America's butt economically, just like Germany was the dominant economic power before World War I and were being mistreated by the rest of Europe for it. Do your research.

      October 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Reply
      • sam

        good, atleast we protected our interest ... for little minds like yours.

        October 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
      • Chrisekpo

        I agree with you.
        America is a rogue country
        Spent at least 2.5 billions to outst Gadaffi while Americans are suffering
        If Gadaffi was a despot why do business with him for so long"??

        October 23, 2011 at 8:50 am |
      • truthspeaks

        @Sam and what interests would that be brainwashed fool? you do know the puppet Libya will just its oil to Western Puppet countries right? oh really ess casualties? sadly i dobut that there were ess casualties.

        October 23, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  17. hawaiiduude

    and get the joosey yummy oil!

    October 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  18. TheLastIndependent

    Are you kidding me? This strategy is a winner. We don’t need recognition for these accomplishments as the Republicans want. We just need to go in, get the job done as quickly as possible, and get out as quickly as possible.

    October 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • miss sunshine

      quickly as possible!? it took the better part of a year for a tinpot dictator. if this had been tried in iraq we would still be hunting for hussein.

      October 22, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Reply
      • sam

        by then we would know the reason we were there was wrong and came back with less casualties.

        October 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
    • truthspeaks

      Sir it was all about the Oil

      October 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply

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