Libya: Is Gadhafi's loss Obama's gain?
August 22nd, 2011
02:47 PM ET
10 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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There wil be no gain for President Obama as long as there are a dozen crazy republican candidates for president who have a cumulative IQ barely in triple digits, and Fox spewing their homespun treason 24-7.

    August 22, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Nolan

    LESS LIKELY...he's not worth a second term.

    August 22, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Look at all our president has accomplished, and without a Texas swagger.

    August 22, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. 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.

    August 22, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. Kevin

    Just one more reason to, as far as I'm concerned.

    August 22, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Nicholas White

    This makes me more likely to vote for Obama. He has figured out a way to be smarter about how we approach conflict because we simply don't have the financial resources to fight all over the globe nor do we want to lose more of our young people. By allowing other countries and NATO (of which we are the largest member) to take the lead and conducting support through drones and other intelligence, training, etc. we have saved American lives and empowered Libyans to do much of the heavy lifting. This effort, rather than doing it all for them, makes the sacrifice more meaningful to Libyans and therefore they will likely not take as much for granted say as the Afghanis or the Iraqis.

    August 22, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  7. DVoice12

    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.

    Sing GOTards took over the House they promised jobs, instead they gave take custs to the super rich. Not new!!

    August 22, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  8. PolitikeEpisteme

    I'm voting for Obama no matter what. The GOP are absolutely out of their minds, completely out of touch with reality, and dangerous extremists.

    August 22, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Ed Texas

    It makes me more likely to vote for Obama next year. He has proven himself a strong foreign policy leader. Also, almost 60% of the National Debt is the result of the George Bush tax cuts, two unfunded wars, and the prescription drug unfunded benefit. I can't see a stronger candidate on the GOP side. with the likes of Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin, so totally unsuitable for the presidency and viewed by many Independents as total flakes that must never be in control of this country.

    August 22, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. FM

    I will vote for Obama definetely. I wish I could be allowed to vote twice. He is a very good thinker. He goes slowly but sure. I like his style. He is really a man of CHANGE.

    August 22, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. Richard:

    Not at all. As a supporter I would rather see results related to the economy. My hunch is most people could give a rat's butt about what's going on in another country right now. We just want ours fixed. I say to the elected your damn job. I do mine everyday.

    August 22, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |

    doesn't change a thing, the only thing that matters is JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!

    August 22, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. Blackman in America

    How about this is just 1 of many things my President has done correctly and the U.S. media is not about to give him his just due coodles because lawd forbid a "black" man could be a leader in America. How sad this country is.

    August 22, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  14. Wes B.

    I'm not a fan of war in any form or fashion. But if my country DOES go to war, I'd prefer a six-month war instead of a 8 or 10+ year war. Also, this war in Libya was one where Libyans were calling for assistance. AND we didn't just go into this alone. We went in with a united front of the world on our side. There are many differences to this war as opposed to Iraq and Afghanistan. I hope people can see the differences.

    August 22, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  15. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    It's the President's gain and the TEApublican candidates loss. This is the President's "I told you" moment.

    August 22, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    It's only a gain if it's a white republican president - didn't you get the notice from the KKK?

    August 22, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. The Elephant in the Room

    Obama has long since disspelled the standard Republican attack line against Democrats of being "soft" on terrorists, defense or lacking love/patriotism for this country.

    Thinking voters have to respect the results of this president and welcome the more nuanced approach Obama brings. Could you see ANY of the Republican candidates having brought about the demise of Moammar with NO loss of American life AND in such a COST EFFECTIVE way? I can't.

    Could Rick Perry have build a coalition with the Arab League? Ha!, Could Mitt Romney have gotten Sarkosky to step up? Not likely since he had derided Mr. Obama for being too "European". Could Michele Bachmann have gotten the Russians to visit Kaddafhi and negotiate his exile? Hardly!

    Only the most close-minded voter can find any reason to support a Republican over Mr. Obama. Even on the domestic economic front, what detailled and specific plan have you heard from these GOPTP'ers that makes sense too you? None of us are buying the "Tax cuts for Job Creators" BS. No matter what they say, if you scratch beneath the surface, you see they are still the party of NO IDEAS.

    August 22, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    I'll vote for him before I'll ever vote for another republian FOR ANY OFFICE AT ANY LEVEL IN THIS COUNTRY. They have really showed their butts the las 2-1/2 years and it ain't pretty. They have tried to bring down the entire country just to make him lose. I despise republicans/teabaggers.

    August 22, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. CarolO

    For 40 years the US wanted Gadhafi gone. Obama rallied NATO to go in and help out the rebels, blow up their air strips and froze their funds. Who should get credit for this? Not the Republicans because all they wanted to do was cry because Obama didn't get their approval. They like it better when you invade a country based on a lie and get a bunch of solders killed, I guess.

    August 22, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. wtf

    is this supposed to be a story?

    August 22, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Dieter Zerressen

    This (Libya) is how you handle future "wars": from afar using sophisticated weapons and economic pressure with no boots on the ground. We could have defeated the Taliban this way as well as Iraq and at 1/100th the cost and ZERO American lives. Tanks, helicopters, battalions on the move is soooooo WWII. The internet, facebook, twitter, predator drones, smart bombs, allies, asset freezes, international isolation, those are the 21st Century means of toppling dictators. The GOP is still fighting World War One.

    August 22, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. BB

    Obama 2012!

    August 22, 2011 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Angus001

    If you don't vote for Obama...
    then you might be a racist.

    If you don't worship the ground he walks on...
    then you may be a racist.

    If you disagree with Obama...
    then you might be a racist.

    Sounds like the libs are just a bunch of Jeff Foxworthys.

    August 22, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Indy

    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.

    Warfare: You got confused here, the illegal war was George Bush and it was Trillions not a billion and it wash Bush and Cheney that threw out the Constitution not Obama.

    August 22, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. AJ Igel

    So let's see – a country with a brutal dictator who's been unfriendly to the US needs to go. Do you go in unilaterally, capture the dictator and stay because of unforeseen consequences (that you were warned of but didn't heed) and spend billions and endless lives in the process or do you build a coalition and help the citizens of that country that want to oust the dictator do so in a short amount of time with minimal blood and treasure invested?

    The handling of Osama Bin Laden pretty much sealed that Obama knew how to deal with these sorts of situations, but the differences between Iraq and Libya just shows how much better he is compared to Bush and the neocons.

    August 22, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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