Biden: Libya action is shared burden
October 20th, 2011
06:47 PM ET
9 years ago

Biden: Libya action is shared burden

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden indicated that international coalitions working together serve as a template for boosting causes in the Middle East while speaking with CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.

“When, in fact, there is a cause that the Arab world can unite on and the West wants to help…we don’t have to do it ourselves, Biden said in an interview set to air Sunday, October 23 on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“The NATO alliance worked like it was designed to do, burden sharing. In total it cost us $2 billion, no American lives lost, we carried the burden a lot of other places where NATO is-the primary burden like in Afghanistan–and this was really burden sharing,” he continued.

“That’s the model.”

And of the now-deceased Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, Biden stated, “This is one bad guy, one really tough guy and he for forty years had his folks under his thumb and he is dead.”

“It’s going to give the people of Libya a first chance in four decades to actually put together their own government and they have a little bit of freedom, a little bit of opportunity,” Biden said.

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  1. fred ca

    The key words are 'a little bit' of freedom and opportunity. And once the extremist take over, because we sat back and let them, it will change to 'a lot less' for men and 'none' for women. And libs will sit there and pat themselves on the back as they reflect on the greatness of the chosen one.

    October 20, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. SecedingfromTexas

    Vice President Biden is right. Working together, in unity, for a good cause is a lesson lost on TeaParty/Republican
    Some bloggers were quick to accuse President Obama of "invading a country and killing a leader that did not
    threaten America". Well, I would say that the sanctioning of the Berlin bombing which killed Americans, and the
    direct involvement in the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing which killed 189 Americans, is a threat.
    Yet, we did not "invade" Lybia, like Bush's unprecendented true invasion of Iraq, nor did we lose American
    military lives in achieving yet another victory in the fight against terrorists. Instead, our President worked with
    other countries and, I for one, applaud him.
    Republicans could learn a lot from this kind of cooperation, and could be participants in a great recovery for
    America. But they choose to be obstructionists, incapable of sharing successes as well as failures with
    their fellow Americans.
    Even Marco Rubio said the French and English deserve credit for this victory, refusing to recognize that it
    was an American drone that hit the convoy, and an American President who joined in the fight for
    freedom for the Lybians. Envy is such an ugly thing, yet that is what we get from the
    Tea Party. Tomorrow's speech by Eric Cantor will be very revealing on so many levels.

    October 20, 2011 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |