Libya: Is Gadhafi's loss Obama's gain?
August 22nd, 2011
02:47 PM ET
12 years ago

Libya: Is Gadhafi's loss Obama's gain?

Washington (CNN) - Roughly six months after President Barack Obama called on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down from power, it appears change has come to Tripoli. Four decades of iron-fisted rule are coming to an end.

So does this make you more or less likely to vote for Obama next year?

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. TurboKitty

    As Randi Rhodes said ... when NATO calls countries listen ... President Obama has accomplished 82% of his Agenda in less than 2 years. I'm proud to have voted for him in 08 and I'll be proud to cast my vote for him again =)

    August 22, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "So does this make you more or less likely to vote for Obama next year?"

    Oh, CNN. Come now. A bit childish, don't you think? Almost as funny as the babbling GOPer candidates (and their bratty followers) who come to the CNN Ticker with their foot-stamping, pouty-face, temper-tantrum, whining because once again our President is one step ahead of their threats and criticism. GOPers have become as predictable as the sun raising each day.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 22, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. rs

    In the real world, yes- this makes a difference and shows the President's prowess at foreign relations. In the GOP/TP world of oblique fantasy- not so much.

    Look- for 40 years America wanted rid of this guy- he killed Americans and supported terrorism. Which President saw him taken out? Whok too out bib Laden? Clearly Obama and his team is way better at this stuff than Republicans. But then again, Obama wants good stuff for America- the Republicans- its way harder to tell with their track record. They seem to operate against the good of the countery more than for it.

    August 22, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    No. Obama gains nothing. Quite the contrary......America has lost, somewhere in the neighborhood of hundreds of billions, because Obama conducted 76% of the so-callled, "NATO" actions.

    Never mind, that every cent of that expense was BORROWED from CHINA!

    August 22, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. AW

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 22, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    His foreign policy has been very strong and succesful that's because GOP can't interfere with it. Should his domestic policies not have GOP interference, America whould be very strong and succesful also
    Amen to that!! Thank you for saying this as it is nothing but the absolute, undiluted TRUTH!!!
    GI Joe: I hear you, and I feel you my friend.
    President Obama is steady and focused in his approach. As Elephant in the Room correctly pointed out, NO ONE in the current GOTeatard lineup could've aligned and secured the allegiance of all the countries involved in the NATO strike. They lack the common sense, dignity, and intelligence that Obama needed to recoup the trust and respect of the world at large that we lost during the The Shrubs' Reign of Dumbness and Terror.
    I will vote for the ex-United States Senator and community organizer, Magna Cum Laude Harvard graduate and assist in his fight to save the America that I willingly pledged allegiance to so many years ago.
    Obama 2012.

    August 22, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. David in Houston

    He has my vote...

    August 22, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. SaraTex

    I'm Voting Obama/Biden 2012....he gets things done. Plus the GOP has a bunch of wackos runing and there is not a single one of them that is presidental material!

    August 22, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. CherokeeAngel

    Good job! Obama/Biden 2012!

    August 22, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    @ Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Uum CNN... did you forget about the whole ILLEGAL WAR aspect of this billion dollar adventure??? To answer your question, it should make EVERYBODY less likely to vote for Obama. He has shown nothing but distain for our Constitution.

    2 classmates of mine from college were killed in the Lockerbie Bombing. Right now, my nephew is getting ready to re-deploy to Afghanistan to cleanup the mess that was started by the GOP's incompetant prosecution of the war there. As far as a disdain for our Constitution, he accomplished regime change without the loss of a SINGLE American life. Just because you can't stomach the fact he accomplished this without any loss of American life and with a minimum of American expenditures over a period of 7 months is no excse to rant about a supposed violation of the Constitution. The families of my friends can rest easier , now they know the murderer of their children is on his way out. Obama approaches things methodically, without a lot of fanfare, but he gets the job done. Now please sit down and find something lese to plot and complain about. BTW, the 1 Billion you complain about is roughly equal to what BP and others made in a week off of the increased oil prices, so why are you upset? Your corporate masters are the only losers.

    August 22, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Sandy

    YES! The Repubs won't say it though. They are jealous of Obama.

    August 22, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    Rick McDaniel

    No. Obama gains nothing. Quite the contrary......America has lost, somewhere in the neighborhood of hundreds of billions, because Obama conducted 76% of the so-callled, "NATO" actions.

    Never mind, that every cent of that expense was BORROWED from CHINA!

    Really? You got the receipt and the expense report, or are you just engaging in cyber-primal scream therapy?

    August 22, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Checklist for Attending Obama's 2nd Inauguration:

    American Flag------–check
    Dominican flag------–check

    Obama 2012

    August 22, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. FIELD1stSGT

    HELL NO. First place Obama did not take immediate actions to do anything to help the revolting of Libyians. He did say for Gadaffi to step down, but that was all. It was not until four months later with the urgency call from the Frrench and the English that our Air Superiority was needed. Then Obama without a phone call to his Secretary Of State or anyone else while on vacation ordered air strikes. An impeachable offense. but they let him get away with it. i am not saying we needied to do the air strikes. he could've ordered them as soon as he did. but protocol which this man knows nothing about according to our CONSTITUTION was for him to start conghressional approval. they were to be notified of his intentions. he did nothing. So now is not the time to start giving him alcolades like he was responsible for something. He helped but the ones who carried thwe load was Great Britian and the French plus most tremendous of alol the people of Libyia who wanted liberty. This sanke we have in the White House came on TV earliar today trying to grab all the creditl. he is an embarrassment to the U.S. with our allies. GHe acutally was responsible for nothing. When all this came up and NAO approved of the action was the time for him to have acted with Congresses approval. but OH no like usual he took the back door in. Now he is trying to reap the glory because it is nearing voting time. Don't be fooled people he is still the ignorant hoe handle we have in the White House. LET'S SHOW HIM OUR APPRECIATION COME 2012. LET'S KICK THE BUM OUT BEFORE HE CAN DO MORE DAMAGE.

    August 22, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Four and The Door

    So does this make you more or less likely to vote for Obama next year?
    This could have been over many months ago and many lives would have been saved if it wasn't for Obama's inability to lead. Just like Afghanistan. The indecisiveness has been tragic. That has gone on way too long. But then again, Obama was not elected based on his ability to lead or make decisions. Or his grasp of basic economics. He was elected based on political prowess and that's what we got. No thanks. We can do better.

    August 22, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. Independent In Albany

    Well it's certainly the worlds gain. I guess it's good for Obama too, since the piece of crap who ordered the PanAm flight bombed is going to be removed from office without so much as moral support from the GOP surrender monkeys

    August 22, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. MrBB

    No, No, and NO !

    Most Americans could care less about Tripoly.
    Our enimies are emboldened.
    Attacks are up on our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.
    Obama and his minions think inflation and devalued currency is the cure to our Nations debt.
    America is lno longer a beacon of freedom and personal choice, but ooked down upon around the World.

    Get this BOzo out of office and on the road to retirement.

    August 22, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |

    QUICK VOTE: Should Obama be allowed to go into exile?

    August 22, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Joe Biden's Mama

    Winning one hand of Texas Holdem doesn't mean you get to take home the whole pot.

    August 22, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Fannatic

    What, maybe we should start a wave or somethin?

    August 22, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
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